I haven’t been a good citizen or a good pastor lately because I am on break from watching the news. I impose these breaks from time to time because it seems like there is a lot of bad news for the world, America, and me. Add to this that politically, I find myself in a dying breed category. Politically I’m conservative. You may be someone who is on the other side of the aisle right now and just felt a strong disdain for me. Or, you might just feel sorry for me since I’m such a poor misguided soul who just doesn’t get it. Nevertheless, if you are still reading at this point, I am aware that politicians, federal justices, and Americans are dealing with same-sex marriage again. Therefore, I felt that it is in order to remind Christians and secularists about what the Bible actually says about this hotly debated issue.
First, I want Christians to step back and examine what their motive is that dwells in their hearts when they post statuses on Twitter and Facebook about same-sex marriage. I feel that honesty, with what is going on in our hearts, is needed in this arena. I fear that some Christians really are attacking a group of people who commit a particular type of sin, according to the Bible. What continues to be forgotten is that sexual immorality is a branch off of Original Sin that everyone, theologically, is born with. In fact, the self is always in contrast to God. If sexual immorality is a branch off of the tree of Original Sin, then a branch off of sexual immorality is homosexuality, and, a list that includes sins like adultery, sexual fantasy with people other than your spouse, all sex outside of the context of marriage, pornography, incest, and etc. These, and others that I may not have listed, are stems off of the branch attached to the tree.
The problem is that we Christians focus all of our efforts to grab the saw to remove the stem of homosexuality from the branch of sexual immorality. All the while, however, we simply try to manage the other types of sin with less vigor. In fact, we do not even really get upset when those sins are committed because we understand them; and most of us have committed them. Therefore, we become compassionate toward those people who struggle with those sins. And, could I say, that some “Christians” even practice some of those sins regularly. Here is the rub, pastors will correctly say that we have to work with these poor lost souls. But, incorrectly it seems, not with homosexuals. Instead of acknowledging them as those who are in bondage to sexual immorality like most other people are too, Christians begin to call judgment down on them.
This is much like OT Israel who continued to long for The Day of The Lord, but prophets warned them that when that day came it would not be what they expected. In fact, it would be a day of justice for their injustice toward others. Yes, injustice was practiced in Holy Israel, where God was “their King.” They practiced racial hatred even though their Law called for them to care for those who were foreigners among them. They ignored the poor often, and the list goes on. The lesson that we Christians, The New Israel, should learn is that sometimes when we start calling down curses, like some disciples wanted to do, and ultimate judgment we might not get what we expect. We might just get what we deserve. After all, we never had the zeal to hold people in our churches accountable for those other sexual sins that they continued to practice. We settled for “loving” them and fighting against one particular type of sin that we personally did not like.
Further, I am shocked at how few Christians really know what the Bible says about this issue and how we are supposed to live in a world where this issue isn’t going to go away. Some Christians will post that God is fine with this type of behavior, or lifestyle, but upset with those are not because they are “judging.” Christians continue to misunderstand what judging is. I make judgments daily, for example, I make the judgment that if I place my hand on a hot stove I will get burned. Therefore, I do not do it. In fact, I tell children, don’t do it. The problem is that some children have put their hand on a stove that was not hot before. In fact, they enjoy doing that. Nevertheless, I tell them not to do anyway. But they think I am judging them because that stove has not burned them before. Besides, what they do with their hand is their business and I should not care as long as it isn’t hurting me. Yet, most would say that if I don’t warn them, then I am not caring for them.
I used possibly a silly example, but the point is that I don’t believe that my motive, if I’m judging others by saying that homosexuality is a sin, is meant to intrude on someone’s right to touch a stove. My motive should be that I know that one day that stove will be on and it will burn the child’s hand so I don’t want the child to eventually get hurt. In fact, I deeply care about the child, otherwise I would not say anything to the child about the stove. I would simply sit back and watch the show. When it was over I would say, lol, I told you and walk away. Now obviously, I think that according to the Bible homosexuality is indeed sin. Those who practice it, along with the other types of sin I mentioned earlier, may not be getting hurt now, but they will. And one day Jesus will return and those who clung to their Original Sin will be sent to a place of judgment. These will be those who rejected Jesus and His teachings. They wanted the right to live their lives and touch that stove without people like me bothering them. And, God will grant that to those who did not want to respond to God and ignored His warning. So in fact, these will get what they always wanted; eternal life without God.
For those who are secular I want you to know that we Christians are supposed to be showing you respect and love. If you experience those who do not, please know that they are not currently speaking the language of Christ. You are right that you should be able to live the way you choose. We Christians call that Free Will. From my point of view that is biblical, that is a gift from God to you. If you don’t believe that the Bible is the ultimate source of truth, then none of this matters. But, if you do believe that the Bible is God’s communication to His Church, then you need to know that homosexuality is sin. Plus, as Americans, even if there are people misusing Scripture, or being hypocritical while quoting Scripture, it is their right to take part in the American process politically.
I do ask for forgiveness though when you experience wrong-motive Christians attacking you if you are someone who supports same-sex marriage, or someone who is homosexual. I want you to know that you would like Jesus, and sometimes His people get a little edgy, but eventually we will grow to become more like Him. The Christian Church simply cannot support same-sex marriage, but she should not attack those who do. Christians are supposed to be ambassadors who persuade on behalf of her King. Jesus is not into coercion.
If same-sex marriage is legalized, then Christians, you and I, are still called to love God and love others. We will continue to operate as we have since they lowered the age for consensual sex, legalized alcohol, and in some places marijuana, divorce, and etc. We live in a fallen world. Do you really think that legislation will fix it? Or do you suppose that being motivated by love and compassion to disciple others will eventually impact your surrounding community? I can’t help but think of the Kingdom that was spawned by One Man over 2,ooo years ago who did not condemn, but came to save.