On Gay Marriage, Our Culture and Christianity ...
"Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh" (Genesis 2:24).
No law, edict, dictate of man or man's government will ever change these words! Jesus reaffirmed them (Matthew 19:4-5) and they will stand regardless of any decision of men made today, tomorrow or any day in the future.
"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God" (I Corinthians 6:9-10).
Likewise, no law of man will ever change this Spirit inspired statement! The statement was as true in ancient Corinth, where the law of the land seemed to have no problem with such practices, as it is true today. Homosexual couples will likely obtain the legal status they desire in the United States of America, but such status will not make them any less sinners in the eyes of God for their choice.
You see, it is not sinful for a man to love a man or a woman a woman. We are all to love one another (John 13:34-35). It is sinful for a man to lust after and have sex with another man and likewise a woman to lust after and have sex with another woman (Romans 1:24-32). This is the real problem with homosexuality.
It is not inherently sinful for a man to have joy and happiness in this life, particularly in our relationships with one another (James 1:17). It is sinful to pursue the passing pleasures of sin (that which is in violation of God's laws - I John 3:4) in your desire to find happiness (cf. Hebrews 11:24-26). This is another problem with homosexuality.
Though we may rightly question of the wisdom of it (I Corinthians 15:33; 5:6), it is not sinful for Christians to associate with homosexuals (I Corinthians 5:9-10). This might even include purchasing products from companies that endorse homosexuality. It is sinful for a Christian to associate with anyone named a brother who is practicing homosexuality. This is not "homophobia" as it is so often labeled, it is faith. This is not "hate" as it is so often labeled, it is love. Not the world's kind of love, but the kind of love that looks to eternity and is not constrained by the love of this world (to include the lust of the flesh - I John 2:15-17). To ask Christians to turn a blind eye and embrace that which our God abhors is another significant problem with homosexuality.
It seems an inevitability that the United States of America will at some point of time in the near future deem lawful the "marriage" of homosexual couples (whether one state at a time or by some larger legislate). However, we can know two things for certain:
- Though "married," God will never "join them" one to another, and
- Though "married," God will never approve of their profaning that Holy institution which He loves (cf. Malachi 2:11).
Even if the legal right to "marriage" is granted, the battle is far from over. We will be pressed to defend our right to speak against homosexuality, as our faith requires. We will be pressed to continue the fight for souls by teaching them to repent, just as the first Christians did in ancient Corinth ("and such were some of you" - I Corinthians 6:11). Other battles, to include the issues of polygamy, bestiality and pedophilia are sure to follow (as they are all rooted in the same basic grounds of one's right to the pursuit of happiness). Nevertheless, when it is all said and done, God will judge. He will judge every homosexual, just as He will judge every heterosexual. He will judge everyone who rejects God and His word, just as He will judge every one who accepts God and His will. God will judge.
Therefore brethren, stand fast. Hold true to God's word, regardless of the world around us. Continue to fight the good fight of faith, but be sure to employ the weapons God has given us -- the sword of the Spirit ... the shield of faith. Let us not not lean upon the arm of flesh. It will fail us every time. Let us not depend upon carnal weapons, for such a dependence will only demonstrate a lack of faith in God. Trust in the justice of God and know that His judgment is just.