With the Supreme Court hearing a same-sex marriage case, volunteers took to the streets in D.C. to let their voices be heard. Millions of Americans shared their views via social media on networks like Facebook and Twitter by changing their profile picture to a red equal sign. In the name of “equality” supporters of same-sex marriage are standing up for equal rights across the aisle. Supporters on either side have been discussing, debating, waving flags, and even boycotting companies for months. Recently, even megachurch Pastor Rob Bell came out in support of homosexuality and has pushed for support all in the name of “love” and “equality”.
This particular divide in our nation is only getting worse, and it will continue to get worse until we address the underlying problem: our nation’s separation from Christ. Marriage was the first institution outlined in Scripture. All other institutions, like the family, government, education, etc. are all designed after the institution of marriage that God designed in Genesis. It’s no wonder why the issue of same-sex marriage makes many Bible-believing Christian’s blood boil.
Specific verses like Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, & 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 are presented to those who support same-sex marriage in hopes that they will change their view in light of God’s word. Let’s not forget that the infamous cities of Sodom and Gomorrah received God’s judgement for their sinfulness, including homosexual behavior. While all these verses and accounts are a powerful example of God’s hatred toward this awful sin, they should not be the focus of our discussions.
The main message of Christianity is that of Jesus. God sent his one and only Son to die on the cross for our sins. He paid our price, took our judgement upon himself. Like that isn’t enough, Christ offered to give us everything that is rightfully his by making us heirs to God. Jesus Christ came and preached repentance (Mt. 4:17). He met with the most unlikely of characters. The one and only Son of God attracted the hurting, sinful, and broken. Jesus’s ministry was a radical twist on the usual ritually-doused ministries of many 1st century rabbis.
Scripture reminds us that homosexuality is a sin. But so is lying, stealing, cheating. In James 4:17 we are reminded that if we know what is right and fail to do it, then we are sinning. The fact that homosexual and immoral relationships are just one of many sins is no excuse to continue in that sin. Romans 6:1-2 tells us that we should by no means continue in sin. Christ died for our sins, but that doesn’t mean we are excused from everything!
Remember that underlying problem I touched upon earlier? America is growing more distant from Jesus and his teachings. Sure, Jesus spoke about hell and eternal damnation during his earthly ministry. In fact, he spoke more about it than he did about heaven. The main point of Jesus’ message was that of repentance Jesus offered a way out of a sinful lifestyle, he offered new life. America doesn’t need more heated debates, we simply need more Jesus. This once great nation is in desperate need of renewal. It’s time we get back to Christ and his teachings. It is time we start diving into the word and following the instructions of our Lord.Social tagging: equality > jesus > marriage > renewal > same-sex