I want to handle this topic very carefully. It needs to be discussed, but I don’t want to open up my website to hate and argument because that’s not of God. I’m taking the risk of that happening. You all know me well enough by now that you know I welcome your comments and feedback, and I just ask that you keep it classy. Deal?
As followers of Christ, it is essential that before you even have an opinion, we need to nail down two things, no matter what we’re discussing. First, we have to agree that the Bible is truly God’s word, and that its contents are without flaw of any kind. The second thing is, we have to be after God’s own heart, and decide within ourselves that what He calls good is good, and what He calls sin is sin. We can’t look to the Scriptures for the answers if we’re going to look at this passage and say that’s not what He meant, then go to that one and say it’s truth. God doesn’t need an interpreter.
Today, the Supreme Courts decided that same-sex marriage would be legally recognized in all fifty states. Now we are scrambling desperately to put into legislation the freedom of churches and pastors to refuse to perform those marriages. But as of today, if you are in a homosexual relationship and want to get married, you are free to do so.
Can I just be really blunt here and say this scares the hell out of me?
In Romans 12, Paul explains that it is a sin for “man to lie with man, and a woman to lie with a woman.” Back up to Genesis, and you’ll see why. When Adam and Eve were on the earth, God made them with the ability to procreate. He created sex and sexuality. He meant for it to be a beautiful thing, and not trying to be funny here, but He also made it to feel good. Sex was a gift with a purpose. I’ll prove it and take this one more uncomfortable step forward: When a male has an orgasm, we know sperm is released. It serves a purpose. When a woman orgasms, you know what happens? Nothing. Doesn’t release an egg, doesn’t help her get pregnant, doesn’t make her fertile. The extent of her orgasm’s job doesn’t go any farther than just to make her feel really flippin’ good. Doctors may discover later on down the road that it does play a role beyond that, but for now, all evidence just points to God not wanting the ladies to be left out. (Anyone uncomfortable yet?)
Here’s where I’m going with this: Sex in itself creates what we call a soul tie. We will become one flesh with anyone we choose to have sex with. In marriage, that’s wonderful. And the soul tie created within a marriage is a beautiful thing. You are united before God. Sex is an act of love, or was at least meant to be, and God made our anatomies to work with the opposite genders just perfectly so. Within that unity of marriage, God says to us what He said to Adam and Eve. “Be fruitful and multiply.” (To which I can only imagine prompted Adam to say, “Amen!”) God created the perfect blueprint when it came to sex and procreation. And when we sway from that design, it is not very shy from being a slap in His face.
There aren’t many points left to be heard on the debate of marriage that we haven’t heard already. From calling it an abomination, claims that Saul was gay, and all the way to the classic hate-the-sin-not-the-sinner mantra, everyone has an opinion. But as long as we’re still insisting that God bless America (Al Sharpton) while we continually revolt against His law, we are cursing ourselves. And that’s why I’m terrified for my country right now. I don’t have the time or the energy right now to go dig, but if you do some research, you’ll see a pattern with widespread disasters; where war is found, where famine is found, where major natural disasters are found, you can look at things going in those areas at the time or before the horrors hit, and you will see how those areas were violating God’s law.
People reading this will argue that a loving God doesn’t punish. But “punish” isn’t the right word to use here. What people fail to realize, Christians and non-Christians alike, is that God is not out to smite people. He is loving and perfect and kind, yes. That’s the pretty side of God. But we also have to remember that such a huge, massive, and amazing God is a just God. His anger is righteous. And He’s tired of playing games with lukewarm people. Where there is sin, there is death. It’s all throughout history, and will be in the future as well. God has been patient. But if people continually cover their ears and close their eyes to the truth, society will continue to decline.
We know, as Christians, that sin is sin. We know when we go against the grain of political correctness, we often will find ourselves in situations where we aren’t exactly… No, let’s just be real here. I’m prepared to lose a fan or two. If you plan to live firmly by the Word of God, don’t plan on being popular. If you intend to love and serve the Lord our God, you’ll lose friends left and right, and often find yourself alone and hated by at least a few people at any given time. (Which is good news when the goal is to be more like Jesus, because people hated him more often than not.)
So let’s review:
1. Sin is sin if God has called it sin, and that is a stance true born again believers cannot stray from no matter who it offends.
2. God is loving, patient, and perfect in all His ways.
3. America is headed towards an ugly disaster, and we have to pray.
I want you to remember these for what I’m about to say, because it’s important.
To the homosexual community, please… I want to apologize to you for how the church body as a whole has treated you. We may not be able to tell you that your lifestyle is okay, but at some point, the church got in its head that it had the right to protest in anger and hatred, and it started swinging a sword that was never ours to wield. We never had the right to treat you the way we have. Never. Please, do not think every church is like Westboro. The true Christians, the true lovers of Jesus and followers of God want to love you, we want to show you who God REALLY is. And we will if you’ll give us a chance. We don’t hate you. God does not hate you. And I am so, so sorry, for every picket sign that said He did, for every preacher on the corner with a megaphone telling you that you were going to burn in hell, for every protest we organized… I’m sorry. Those “Christians” were not true reflections of the Father. I promise He’s not like that. I PROMISE. I hope you can forgive us and let us have another chance.
To the Christians: I’m saying everything I’m about to say in love. But this has to stop. Yes, it’s a sin, it’s an abomination, but so is using profanity, and we aren’t throwing thesauruses at anyone. We are representations of Jesus. And as representatives, we have a huge responsibility. If I’m going to call myself a Christian, then I can’t conduct myself to a standard any less than that. We know all sin is equal to God, but I would fear for my soul a lot more if I claimed to be a Christian and didn’t act like one, than I would ever fear hell just because I kissed a girl. Give up the gavel. It’s not ours to hold. We can’t and should never say that something is okay when God has said it’s not. Okay? But if we really want to be like Jesus, and I think more and more of us have that as the goal, then we have to love unconditionally. It’s called “holy matrimony” for a reason. You just love on them, and let God deal with their heart. Until we learn to do that, we are not allowed to have a tantrum when someone calls us judgmental or hateful, because let’s be honest… The last generation or so, we’ve gotten a little too good at hating sin. And it was never our job. Marriage is sacred. God will honor what He will honor, and despise what He will despise. He doesn’t need our help. I assure you He doesn’t. You just need to SHOW LOVE.
Pray for our nation. Love everyone.
[Discussion and comments, like I said, are welcome. Just play nice. This is one of those topics that can get heated very quickly, and I don’t want to have to shut anyone down. Thanks in advance, guys.]