What we have done with our freedom is a clue to our character. Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a 5-4 verdict legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states. In an age when all sexual boundaries in Scripture are ignored by many in American culture, the judicial branch is just another rung in the ladder of key people who have rejected God’s law. What our society does not understand, however, is that regardless of who the next person, church, organization or country it is that turns its back on God’s design, the metaphorical ladder stops at the Most High God – Creator of the universe and of marriage. No declaration by the Supreme Court will can change God’s definition.
Jesus said, “Haven’t you read, that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female,” and He also said: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6 HCSB). Gender equality is not gender sameness.
While our present administration and the highest court in the land have declared that marriage is a right, they’ve actually revealed our country’s present rebellion. Before this ruling, the issue of same-sex marriage was about one’s orientation. From this point on, however, the law of the land is sure to follow the whims of anyone’s own lust and self gratification. Our current trajectory does not have a positive ending. There is no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. “There is a way that seems right to man, but the end thereof leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12 NKJV).
Make no mistake, despite this “new law,” my personal beliefs have not changed. Our church’s convictions have not changed. The world looks for new insight into our changing culture, while we look to God’s unchanging, inspired and inerrant Word in order to navigate life in our changing culture.
Our Constitution is correct that “We are all created equal.” Also, our Creator is and always has been correct that “we have all sinned” and are in need of God’s grace and forgiveness. God loves us and wants to have a relationship with us. That includes the person sitting in church every Sunday, as well as the person who wants nothing to do with Him. And it includes the same-sex couple as much as it does the man and wife. The Bible is clear about sin and that it leads to death; it’s also clear that, no matter who we are, if we repent of that sin and believe in Christ, then we will be saved.
Just as Queen Esther understood God had placed her in a position of great influence “for such a time as this,” likewise, we stand at a life-altering moment to be able to share the truth of God’s Word and show the grace of God’s love to all people. Indeed, before Jesus told the adulteress to “Go and sin more,” (John 8:11), he first treated her with compassion and respect.
Parents, our children are living in a culture that has always viewed acceptance and tolerance as higher virtues than absolute truth. What is often done under the banner of tolerance refuses to balance love and truth. At the same time, what many Christians have done under the banner of truth has resisted the opportunity to speak truth in love. Therefore, we must live out our faith with courage, conviction, and compassion! While we are praying for Jesus to return soon, we must accelerate our obedience to the Great Commission.
God has already been preparing us to live out faith in an increasingly hostile culture. Indeed, Christians will continue to be portrayed as bigots. Regardless of labels yoked upon us, we must not react in hatred, but in humility. We must not turn away from offering hope to all sinners. We must maintain purity in our physical bodies so as not to compromise the very message of the Gospel we are sharing. Finally, we must pray. God’s Word is still true: “If My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 HCSB)