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We Don’t Need Exemptions, We Need Liberty

July 8th, 2014 4 comments

gay pride1Earlier today I read a headline which concerned me deeply. It read, “Rick Warren Joins Leaders Seeking Religious Exemption on LGBT Order.” Now I have the utmost respect for Pastor Rick Warren. He is a great man of God and his impact in both the Church and the world has been nothing short of historic. However, let me explain why I believe he, and other pastors, are dead wrong in their approach to this issue.

Our president is, once again, making the law instead of implementing it. And if trampling the Constitution’s separation of powers is not bad enough, the law he is creating via executive order flies directly in the face of God’s clear teaching about sexual sin.

Let’s be clear – every American already enjoys equal protection under our Constitution. What is new here is the tyrannical imposition upon the US citizenry and the rest of the world, the belief that the LGBT lifestyle and agenda is good, normal and wholesome. Those who fail to join the parade are obviously evil, bigoted and mean-spirited. All this is driven by a twisted understanding of “civil rights” undergirded by the erroneous assumption that being “gay” is as much an inherited trait as being French.

The fact remains there has not been one scientifically valid study to support this assertion. In addition, as pastors, we have the clear teaching of Scripture revealing God’s view of sexual sin, which includes the sin of homosexuality. Homosexuality is not an immutable characteristic like gender or race; it is an immoral behavior, in the same category as adultery or fornication.

So what should be the proper response from America’s pastors when our chief executive orders people of faith to hire those whom they believe are living immoral lifestyles? I suggest we learn from those who have gone before us.

When Herod took his brother’s wife as his own, John the Baptist didn’t ask for a religious exemption, he asked for obedience to God. John went straight to the king and spoke the word of the Lord:

“It is against God’s law for you to marry her.” (Matthew 14:4)

The king was not an evangelical Christian by any stretch of the imagination. He was an arrogant, selfish, power hungry, pleasure-driven, godless politician. You see, God’s law isn’t just for those who happen to embrace it. It applies to all of His creation. The job of the Church, and pastors in particular, is to remind those in positions of authority of their duty as His “ministers” (Romans 13:4) to lead in a way that promotes righteousness and punishes evil. When leaders get that messed up and begin promoting public policy that contradicts the clear teaching of Scripture, our job is to tell them to stop, not to ask them for exemptions.

A government that has the power to grant you a special exemption one day has the right to remove it the next. This is why we must stand boldly and speak courageously for the cause of righteousness and liberty and for the protection of our God-given, inalienable rights.

We don’t need religious exemptions. We don’t need government accommodations. We need leaders who will “rule in the fear of the Lord” (2 Samuel 23:3) and pastors who will hold them accountable when they brazenly refuse to do so. Where are the modern day John the Baptists?

God’s Law & Our American Life

May 15th, 2012 5 comments

Our president recently made a proclamation that “same-sex marriage” is really a good thing, something that should be enthusiastically embraced by all Americans. Unfortunately, his unprecedented edict flies in the face of the views of One who, to use the president’s own example, does have a “higher pay grade.” With His public endorsement of behavior which God has called abominable (Leviticus 18:22), our president has basically called God a “liar” and invoked his own personal views and political agenda as the foundation of American civil life. Is this a cause for alarm or shall we just give a collective yawn and get back to whatever it was we were doing?

The Scriptures boldly declare, “Let God be true but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4). When God speaks, He speaks the truth. And because truth, by definition, does not “evolve,” God’s views on reality never change. And since He is the Author of Reality, we must never think our own ideas, whether personal opinions or public policy proposals, are more noble or humane than His.

This is where our secular friends begin to sweat. Words like “theocracy” begin to pop into their brains. They accuse Christians of imposing their views upon everyone else. Of course, this is not true. Our system of government is built upon two biblical principles, the rule of law and a representative form of government, which work to ensure an orderly process filled with healthy public debate. So while coercion is not part of the process, let’s not forget that someone’s morality is behind every law that is passed. What we really need to be asking is whose morality leads to the best life.

Once again, God is not silent. Look at what He tells us Deuteronomy 5:33:

You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.

As a nation, if we will obey God’s law, He promises two outcomes. He says we will…

1] Live Well

2] Live Long

God’s law is a precious gift to any nation that will embrace and follow His principles. His view of reality, because it is true and timeless, will always lead to both ppersonal blessing and national prosperity.