Posts Tagged ‘homosexuality’

In the Name of Love: Same-Sex “Marriage” in Indiana

June 25th, 2014 2 comments

A man wears a wedding gown while marching in the Gay Pride Parade in New YorkNote: I apologize for the picture. It is mild compared to the other images you find under the search “gay parade.” We need to wake up and get a good look at what we are welcoming “in the name of love.”

I am both sickened and grieved over the news of yet another activist federal judge striking down, via judicial fiat, Indiana’s statute defining marriage as the union of a man and woman, one that has served as the cornerstone for healthy societies since the beginning of creation.

This ruling is wrong for so many reasons. Hoosiers who value freedom should be outraged. From a governmental standpoint, judges are tasked with interpreting the law, not rewriting it. This is a flagrant trampling of the separation of powers and the rule of law. When rogue judges arbitrarily reshape statues to fit their personal viewpoint, it devalues the entire legislative process. The voice of the people, amplified through their elected representatives, is silenced by one, unelected, and largely unaccountable, judge. This is a disgusting abuse of power and it’s happening all across our nation.

But as a pastor, I am more concerned about the soul of our nation. When elected officials disregard God and His laws, in this case, by redefining the institution of marriage, an institution He created and has already defined, they forfeit the authority given to them by God to govern. Without the acknowledgment of absolute Truth and transcendent Law, human law is cheapened and lawlessness is left in the wake. When the law becomes whatever the ones in power say it is, or whatever the current ideology or political party deems is “the right side of history,” people no longer respect the rule of law.

This is not a new historical phenomenon. The Bible tells of times past when, “At that time there was no king in Israel. People did whatever they felt like doing.” (Judges 21:25) Let’s not deceive ourselves. There is no such thing as neutrality when it comes to lawmaking. Some ideology, someone’s worldview, will reign as “king.” When God is rejected, the end result is anarchy, where everyone does what they please in the name of freedom; and tyranny, when governments impose by force their own worldview.

In rejecting marriage and embracing sexual perversion, we are rejecting God. When we willfully reject God and suppress His Truth (Romans 1:18), the consequences are tragic:

So God said, in effect, “If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.” It wasn’t long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them (Romans 1:24-25, Message).

This is the line we have just crossed. It’s a dreadful place, where God leaves us to reap the consequences of our own stubborn and selfish desires. But it doesn’t stop there:

Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn’t know how to be human either—women didn’t know how to be women, men didn’t know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, women with women, men with men—all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches. (Romans 1:26-27, Message)

We have embraced lust and called it love. We have embraced sexual confusion and called it marriage. When we reject the design of God, we lose what it means to be men. We lose what it means to be women. And ultimately, we lose what it means to be human.

God, have mercy on America. Bring us to our knees. Forgive us for our pride and perversion. Visit our nation, once again, with revival and reformation before it is too late.

Duck or Ostrich: What will you be serving this Christmas season?

December 19th, 2013 4 comments

ostrichComing home from Midway Airport yesterday, I turned on the Michael Medved Show to occupy my brain while I moved through the bumper-to-bumper Chicago rush hour traffic. While I don’t always agree with Medved, I appreciate his fair and forthright discussion of the hot button issues of our time. My ears perked up when the discussion centered around Phil Robertson, founder of the Duck Commander company and star of A & E’s Duck Dynasty. Evidently Robertson gave an interview to GQ Magazine in which he openly stated homosexuality was a sin. When asked by the interviewer to define sin, Robertson made the following statement:

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he goes on to offer a paraphrase of the Apostle Paul’s admonition to the Corinthians:

“Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Robertson actually did a pretty good job of capturing the essence of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10: “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.”

Robertson was simply stating the clear teaching of the Bible that homosexuality, and every other form of sexual expression outside of the bounds of monogamous marriage, is a sin.

This is why we should all be alarmed at the response from A & E to suspend him indefinitely for his comments. Have we really reached the place in American culture where we a publicly tarred and feathered for simply proclaiming God’s perspective on aberrant sexual behavior? All Americans, and especially those who call themselves Christians, should be expressing outrage for this trampling of religious liberty.

We need more Phil Robertson’s in the church today. Where are the men and women who will unashamedly stand for truth knowing the PC police will be knocking at your door? We need more “ducks” in the church instead of what we currently have – ostriches! It’s time to take our heads out of the sand and face the harsh reality. If we are not willing to make a stand for sexual purity now, it’s only a matter of time before our “collective goose” is cooked!