Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1:24-27)
Right now arguments are underway at the Supreme Court to decide whether Gay marriage will become a requirement for all States to adopt. Not whether or not it is acceptable for States to adopt, but that they MUST adopt it. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Gay marriage the States will not have any right to protest. They will have ruled that same sex marriage is a constitutionally protected right.
The fact that the Constitution says nothing that even comes close to relating toward marriage in any way, shape, or form will not matter. If the Supreme Court says it is in the Constitution, we apparently must all bow our heads and accept that. To see that the Supreme Court can make up something that isn’t in the Constitution, and declare it as “Constitutional”, all you have to do is look at the infamous “Roe vs Wade” that declared abortion a constitutionally protected right. Over 54 Million babies have been slaughtered, and denied the right to exist, because a few select politicians decided to make up a Constitutional Right that doesn’t exist (Democracy at its finest). Why should we think they would actually care about what the Constitution actually says (or doesn’t say) when it comes to marriage?
We as Christians should be very concerned for the state of our country. Not just because Gay marriage is a perversion of true Godly marriage. Not just because it is an insult to the very essence of God’s character (checkout my earlier blog post: It’s Not Just Cake). Not just because God emphatically declared homosexuality an abomination (Leviticus 20:13). Those are all good reasons to be concerned. But we should be very concerned about what God will do as a result of it.
If same sex marriage becomes the law of the land, then it means that we as a society are not just accepting sexuality immorality in our midst, but it means we are legitimizing it. We won’t just be turning a blind eye to it, but we will be applauding it. If Gay marriage is put on the same equal footing with true marriage, anyone who stands against it will not only be up against the might of the liberal media (a powerful force to be sure) but will also be up against the might of the US Government. How long will it be before all opposition is completely silenced?
And if we as a society are so intent on pursuing sin, God will not stand in our way. We too shall be given up to the lusts of our hearts to impurity, to the dishonor of our bodies. We will exchange truth of God for a lie, and God will forsake us to burn in our passions to our own ultimate destruction. God has done it in the past. He did it with Sodom and Gomorrah, and they fell so deep into their wickedness that not one was found righteous among them (save for Lot and his family) and God rained fire and brimstone upon them. I think it is not a coincidence that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are often linked to homosexuality. While it was certainly not their only sin, it was clearly one of their more prominent ones:
Before bedtime, men both young and old and from every part of Sodom surrounded Lot’s house. They called to Lot, “Where are the two men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so we can have sexual relations with them.” (Genesis 19:4-5)
The wickedness of those in Sodom was so great that they bore no shame in demanding Lot offer up his guests so that they could gang rape them. Having been given over to their depraved nature they had literally lost all sense of what was right and good. While the Apostle Paul in the first chapter of Romans does not explicitly refer to Sodom and Gomorrah, the connection is clear. When man completely abandons God, he will give them what they want: complete and utter Godlessness. And Sodom and Gomorrah are prime examples of what happens when Godlessness reigns.
And we are rapidly following their example.
God has shown us tremendous patience and mercy. The fact that we have not been incinerated off the face of the earth yet is a testament to His desire to see us saved. But even God has a limit to his patience. He will not stand idly by forever while he is mocked. Eventually he will give us precisely what we want. Eventually he will hand us over to the evil we so strongly desire, and he will not stand in the way of our path to utter ruin.
Please don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. I am not afraid that Gays will start gang raping people in the streets. This is not about homophobia. This is not about being afraid of homosexuals. But I am afraid of what will happen when we as an entire society turns our back on God, and then God ultimately turns His back on us. It certainly won’t happen overnight. It has taken several decades for our society to slowly turn from one that abhors homosexuality to one that celebrates it. And it may take several more before we turn into a society that is entirely consumed with it. But the way things are going, we will eventually get there.
Already even today we hear stories of bakers who are fined into bankruptcy when they refuse to provide a cake for Gay weddings. We hear stories of army chaplains who are forbidden from expressing their convictions of the immorality of homosexuality. We hear stories about ministers who might face jail time because they won’t perform Gay weddings. We hear threats of Christian Universities losing their non-profit status, a status they rely upon to stay financially viable, if they don’t compromise on their biblical principles. And this is all happening before the Supreme Court actually declares Gay marriage to be required law across the nation. How long will it be before the Christian voice is silenced all together? How long will it be before Christianity itself is effectively outlawed along with Judaism, Islam, or any other faith that is opposed to homosexuality? How long will it be before God is outlawed? And once God is outlawed, how long will it take before the United States becomes another Sodom, or another Gomorrah?
I’m not speaking with such concern because I’m afraid of Christian persecution. As a citizen of the United States I’m certainly concerned about freedom, and I will certainly speak out against anything that will destroy freedom in this country. But as Christians we should expect persecution. We should count it a privilege, and even a joy to suffer for the sake of Christ. We know that whatever we must suffer here in this life is but a breath in the wind compared to the eternal reward we will have in Christ. No, I do not worry for us, we will be just fine.
I’m worried for the souls that are lost.
I’m worried for the souls of those who celebrate same sex marriage, those who revel in that which is so detestable to God, those who turn their backs on their one and only hope for salvation. They have been deceived into thinking that they are on the right side of history. They compare themselves to the heroes of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. They believe they are standing for a righteous cause, but they are really bringing about their own destruction.
My soul weeps for them.
My soul weeps because I see the words from Romans becoming an ever present reality. I see our country being plagued by “dishonorable passions”, of which homosexuality is but one. Fornication, Pornography, abortion, transgenderism, Sadomasochism, and more; these are all passions which once would have been considered shameful, but are now being celebrated. The process has already started and eventually these poor souls will receive in themselves the due penalty for their error.
But there is still hope.
God’s patience may be limited, but his love is boundless. He may eventually turn his back on the wicked and deliver them over to their own destruction, but he will never abandon those who love Him. And as long as we still have breath, we can still preach the glorious grace of the Gospel. There is no one still living that is not still able to be saved. If we love them, we have to speak out.
So to my fellow Christians, if you have been silently waiting until the time to stand up and raise your voice, the time is now. Please stand up and proclaim the Good News of Christ. Proclaim Christ crucified and resurrected. Proclaim the love of God to all, saint and sinner alike. Speak out against evil, in all its forms. Speak out against same sex marriage, not out of bigotry, or homophobia; but out of love for those that are being sucked into their sinful passions. Speak out to save those people, remembering that but for the grace of God there you would also go. Speak out, not out of hatred for those who commit evil, but out of a loving desire to deliver them from evil. Stand up for true, biblical marriage, not because we demand everyone be like us, but because we know that that is where God can be found. If you are a Christian who understands the dangers that same sex marriage brings, not to us, but to those who partake in it, then please for the love of God, speak up. Share this post. Share any post. Write your own post. Flood the media with so much truth, and love, that it can no longer be ignored. You will probably be hated for it. You will likely experience backlash. You will be called a hater, a homophobe, a bigot. Don’t let it deter you. If you love your fellow man, please speak out.
Today we stand on the precipice of Sodom and Gomorrah. The time for silence has passed. It is time to speak out, and maybe we can save our nation from self-destruction.
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