This just in. Last night as of midnight the call was clear and the call was loud. Same sex ‘marriage’ is now legal in the state of Florida. I am a citizen of this great state and my heart is grieved. But really this should come as no surprise to anyone. If it does surprise you I presume you’ve been living under a rock. Our country has been heading in this direction for some time now, and I don’t think it’s out-of-bounds to say that eventually all of the states will follow suit. For those of us who claim the name of Christ living in Florida we must be reminded of a few things. Here are 3 thoughts to help guide our thinking and response to this new law.
Same Sex ‘Marriage’ is Sin
Let’s just call it what it is. Can we do that? Could we be honest enough to do so? Homosexuality is sin. After creating the animals and the man Adam, God brought all the animals to Adam so he could exercise authority and dominion over them by naming them. God mentioned directly before this naming scene in Genesis 2:18-20 that it was not good for man to be alone. And after naming all the animals it was clear that a suitable helper was not found for Adam, so God created something to be suitable to man. What did he create? Woman. In Genesis 2:21-25 we see it. Taken by God, from man, for man, is woman. Finally a suitable helper for the man God had made. From this point on in the Biblical text we see one man and one woman as the rule and all homosexual activity judged as sinful and unnatural. Homosexuality is sin primarily because it goes directly against what God has ordained to be the norm. Can we not say a general blanket statement here that anytime man goes against God’s pattern/norm/rule/law it is sin? Indeed we can. Such is the case here.
This is not only put on display for us in vivid clarity in scenes like Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19), but it is all over the New Testament as well. I could give many examples from a lot of New Testament letters (Romans 1 and Jude are strong on this point) but let’s use Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” Notice here how Paul refers to those who practice homosexuality as those who will not inherit the kingdom of God? It really cannot be clearer.
To the Corinthian Church Paul specifically says, “…and such were some of you…” in the beginning of 6:11. This means that God is at work among the world saving sinners, drawing them towards the gospel and out of lives of sin and immorality. One example of sin and immorality that God is drawing men and women out of was then (and still is today) homosexuality. Some of us used to be this way, but now because of the Gospel we are not. Most of the arguments claiming that homosexuality is not sinful in God’s eyes center around a reconfiguration of the Biblical text to falsely show that God never condemns this action. This is wrong. He does condemn it, often. Why? Because it is sin, plain and simple, going directly against God’s created order of marriage between one man and one woman.
Same Sex ‘Marriage’ is not ‘Marriage’
Speaking of marriage, lets talk about that. This pronouncement over the news last night and still this morning is that homosexual ‘marriage’ is now legal. Nothing could be further from the truth. ‘Marriage’ should not be the term used here. Call it whatever you want, when two people of the same gender who love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together it is not a ‘marriage.’ Why? God created marriage, man did not. God defined marriage and gave meaning to marriage. He gave away the first bride (Eve) to the first groom (Adam). Therefore marriage according to God, is only between one man and one woman. It is not between two women, two men, or any other hybrid or combination. Mankind has no place to redefine what marriage is and what marriage is not.
To call a homosexual ‘union’ a ‘marriage’ is wicked. Some may say what I am saying here is evil, old-fashioned, hateful, unloving, and even unChristlike. Shame on you if you say such things. Anyone who reads the Bible with any credibility at all will find that God does not look favorably on homosexuality or homosexuals. This is no news to anyone really, because most of the people who want homosexuality to be legal could care less about what God has to say about the matter.
Same Sex ‘Marriage’ is no different from ‘heterosexual adultery.’
Now before you write me off as a fundamentalist worm and vow to rid the earth of vile people such as myself I want to ensure you hear one final note in this post.
Did you notice how in the last sentence of the previous paragraph I said “most” of the people who want homosexuality to be legal could care less about what God has to say? I intentionally used the word “most” and did not use the word “all” for a reason. I know, and am friends with homosexual men, who really struggle with this issue. Does that surprise you? These friends of mine read the Bible with credibility, honesty, and care. They give weight to what God says about all things, and do not try to re-write what God has already said. These friends of mine are fully aware of the fact that God is not ‘for’ the homosexual lifestyle and therefore they have a real fight with it.
Everything they feel by nature would incline them to sin against God, and if I’m honest I’m in the same boat as they are. I do not have any temptation towards homosexuality, but I am tempted by my natural heart in many ways too. If I naturally desire to commit adultery on my wife with another woman who looks attractive to me, should I? NO! Do I conclude that any feeling I have that draws me toward something, in any way, is a good thing and should be embraced? Absolutely not. It doesn’t matter what my evil heart wants because it’s always going to want evil things. This is precisely why the man or woman who is drawn toward a homosexual relationship is no different from the man or woman drawn to the adulterous relationship. Both homosexuality and adultery are grievous sins in the eyes of God – and both will receive judgment for these actions.
But the good news of the Gospel is that in the Gospel God is for the adulterer just as it is for the homosexual, the criminal, the scandalous, and the wayward. The Gospel calls every sinner out of their life of sin (regardless of what that sin is) into a life of grace and godliness. We are called by Christ to come as we are – dirty, rotten, stinking, adulterous, homosexual, nasty, people. And when we come to Christ ‘as we are’ God loves us enough to not leave us ‘as we are.’ He changes us from the inside out, so deep down into the nooks and crannies of our souls, that even what we naturally desire begins to change. What does this mean?
This means there is hope for all sinners, homosexuals included. Far be it from us (or any church) to withhold the Gospel of Jesus Christ from an individual because they are a homosexual. They need it, just as you and I do. The more we see this and embrace this, the more our lives and our ministries will look like Christ.