“For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naïve people” (Romans 16:18).
This is my first blog post addressing a controversial issue, but the issues of the day are a part of my journey; thus, I cannot play it safe and shy away from them. God doesn’t play favorites, nor does his Word adapt to suit changing times. The Word of God is an all or nothing deal. Yet it can be easy to approach the Word like a buffet, and even persuade others to do the same. “For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naïve people” (Romans 16:18). Like it or not, same-sex marriage forces other questions of morality, many of them uncomfortable, out into the light.
How many Christians are divorced and remarried for reasons other than infidelity? How many Christians are storing up treasures here on earth? Even with Christ declaring all food clean, and so excluding the ceremonial cleanliness laws of Leviticus, the vast majority of us may still be operating way outside the will of God. I didn’t have to raise any hotly contested issues, such as capital punishment or abortion, because the two examples I did mention should be more than enough to silence wagging tongues. Therefore, if America is the new Sodom and Gomorrah, then it got that way long before the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage back in June 2015.
If it is right to deny same-sex marriage, as a matter of civil union, based on an interpretation of scripture, then divorce and remarriage must receive the same scrutiny; I have a problem with blatant cherry picking. I suspect that I’ll catch heat from supporters and opponents alike. Some may interpret this post as an endorsement of same-sex marriage, while others interpret it as a condemnation, but for this post, both will have missed the point entirely. As I stated in the opening, the same-sex marriage debate forces other questions of morality out into the light, and that introspection is the point of this post i.e. Romans 16:18. We focus on symptoms and lose sight of the cause; what we keep doing isn’t working.
God has made plain to me that we, the church, must get our own house in order (2 Chronicles 7:14), and put on the full armor of God. Therefore, let us carry on the business of spreading the Gospel, while dealing with the issues of the day with prayerful consideration and wisdom. The Gospel has the power to change hearts and minds. I don’t know all the particulars of what godly change will entail, but I do know that with God all things are possible.
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