What are we, as Christians, to make of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage? We must get a Biblical perspective, or we’ll get lost in opinions and laws of society.
As Americans, we must understand the Constitutional issue at hand. This has not been a new topic. After much debate and people representation over the years, 31 states affirmed marriage as the union of one man and one woman in their constitutions. Yet five (appointed, not people elected) judges voted against millions of America, removing the ability of us to impact the democratic process and imposing their will on all Americans. (The freedom to have a voice on governing ourselves in major social issues has been seriously jeopardized).
As Christians, are we correct in standing against this ruling? The answer must begin and end with Scriptures. (Understand that Paul wrote during a period of time in Rome that homosexuality was accepted and common in society- similar to our society today). Romans 1:24-28. Nowhere does Scripture hint at approval of homosexual relationships. Yet, many Christians justify blending beliefs contradictory to Scriptures. 2 Peter 1:21-2:2. They claim that Scriptures are not inerrant, but simply man’s attempt to describe God in his own imperfect ways, therefore they see Scriptures as in need of change or adjustment with our progressive wisdom. They also claim that God’s Word was written to impress an idea to tat day and age, and should be interpreted differently for each culture and time in which they are applied. (Essentially meaning that the Word changes its meaning entirely within each culture, as long as the overall tone and purpose is rooted in their interpretation of love). But there is no Scriptural basis for these ideas. (Why believe in a god based on flawed and changing writings (unsure of what is flawed)?)
As Christians, how do we side with love and stand against homosexuality? We’ve all fought with sins and temptations. We must love and accept the person sinning, but not accept and encourage the sin. Homosexuality is proven to have higher rates of depression, anxiety, alcohol/drug use, suicide; higher average of sexual partners in a lifetime; higher levels of disease; shorter life spans than the rest of the population (due to disease, substance abuse and depression). We’re showing more love, and proving God’s wisdom above men, by wanting to help the homosexual find a better lifestyle.
As Christian Americans, how do we look to God? Homosexuality is just one of the many ways we have left God as a people. God has turned us over to our own evil thoughts to take us where they will take us: Romans 1:28-32. This country has undergone massive, rapid, moral and spiritual change in just a few short months and years. At an unbelievable rate, we have left our love, conviction, and knowledge of Jesus Christ and Scriptures, embracing rampant sins, chaos, hate and rebellion. Isaiah 5:20.
As Christian Americans, we literally have to go against federal law to maintain our conservative Biblical beliefs. This Supreme Court ruling is not about treating people equally; it is a ruling to force acceptance of practices of individuals, against conscience and religious beliefs. It has nothing to do with equality and everything to do with suppression and persecution. How long before our unlawful views will require actions of civil disobedience to be maintained?
But this ruling is not about the political or legal changes and agenda in this Nation. Politics and laws don’t change or guide this Nation, people do. The real issue is the moral and spiritual condition of this Nation; where Christians have misunderstood and misconstrued Scriptures to the point of accepting what we see today as God’s Will. Christians have lived selfishly and apathetically as the world has fallen apart around them; blaming a world where many don’t even know about the real Jesus or His love. The incredible, rapid changes in our culture have more than prepared this country to embrace the Antichrist with all of his lies when he makes an appearance. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4. Our first step needs to be repentance of our own apathy and selfish living; we had a part in the moral decline of America. (Repentance meaning change and get involved with making a difference now). Our second step is to study and understand God’s Word better than ever. Investigate every claim and event in Scriptures so we aren’t those who are misguided by perverse teaching (because unfounded, unbiblical, godless twists of doctrine are out there everywhere). It’s not the world that sins without true knowledge of God’s Word that we should be angry with; it’s the self-proclaiming Christians who know His Word and still twist it to cover how they live for self instead of God. Hebrews 10:26-31. (We are also accountable to know so that we don’t misguide others). Our third step is to simply stand by God’s Word without wavering (once we understand it properly). Stand more than ever in complete love for all, especially those who persecute us the most; but choose to follow God. Recognize the drastic circumstances around us and understand they require action and commitment like no Christian has needed to show for centuries in this country. If you don’t see the need to put aside every weight in life now and act in your love for Christ, you can’t consider yourself a true believer of Christ.
This is not primarily actions for better laws or to resist government; but fearless actions to show our Jesus Christ that we love Him, aren’t ashamed of Him and love His people. 1 Peter 4:12-19