April 16, 2024

Gay Marriage Isn’t The Problem, It’s A Symptom

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This week will mark the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell for the military.  A few months ago, New York State became the largest state to accept homosexual partners in “marriage”.  Many people may say “So what?  How does it affect you?”

Truth be told, the immediate effects of these rulings will not be see, because the acceptance of a homosexual lifestyle is not the problem, but a symptom.

Romans 1

In Romans 1:18-32 we see the progress of ungodliness.  Surprise, it does not start with homosexuality—though I can see why it’d be easy to get that from the way Christians make this to be the worst sin imaginable.  No, the first sin that’s listed in Romans 1:21—that God has made manifest His presence, but they chose not to glorify Him as God and were not thankful.

This lead to a darkening of the hearts, and the spiral has begun.  The people in this chapter then fall into the delusion that they are wise, but they are fools.  They start to worship the creation instead of the Creator.

God responds by giving them up to uncleanness and their lusts.  And it is at this point that we see homosexuality enter the picture.  It’s only after the people continue to flee from God—worshipping Him and obeying His rules—that He gives them up to what Paul calls “vile affections.”  What are these vile affections?  Romans 1:26 and Romans 1:27 put it quite plainly: homosexual activity.

From there God gives them a reprobate mind, which leads to all sorts of sins—ripening them for coming judgment.  Paul ends this chapter stating that those that commit these things are worthy of death—and know they are by God’s law—and yet they continue to do them and have pleasure doing such.

America Today

You can track America’s progression through this passage quite plainly.  Our nation was founded by Christians1.  These Christians had a respect for God and His laws as is evidence through our Founding Documents.  Indeed, America was, and perhaps is to a degree, a Christian nation.

But look at what America has done.  America in the 1900’s took God out of education and sought to remove Him from public discourse.  America decided that they were wise—whether it’s the Creation story or the general way that Christians are treated today, it’s assumed that if you believe the Bible you’re a fool, and if not, you’re wise.

PETA and the AGW movement have exalted the creation over the Creator.  They seek to elevate animals to be equals to humans and worship “Mother Earth” instead of the God who created it.

From there, we see America change it’s listing of homosexuality from deviant to accepted to promoted.  Our entertainment and our laws show that we think highly of people that practice this behavior… and we know what’s next.

From there, we can track all the other sins—fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity, gossips, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable and unmerciful.

Tell me, from what you read in the news, do we not see all of these things?  Aren’t people we know hurting because of these sins?

We’re Headed For Judgment

Sin is on the march.  Don’t believe me?  As the article Gay right group pushes for more military changes points out, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’s repeal wasn’t enough.  First, it’ll be spousal rights for homosexual partners.  Then marriage on army bases.  Free Speech against homosexuality is next.

That’s where this train is headed.  It won’t be enough until people accept they lifestyle, but because many Christians never will, they will be forced to be silent on the issue or face the wrath of the government.  It’s already happening in foreign countries.

What concerns me more than this movement, however, is Romans 1.  See, as we’ve been over, homosexuality is a symptom—a symptom of rejecting God.  We’re not going to win the battle against homosexuality from without, but by seeing the amazing power of Christ work from within to change people to look to God.

Unfortunately, I’m afraid that we’re actually seeing the result of this sin and where we are in the process, and I’m not convinced we can change the course of this tide.  I’m afraid we’re being ripened for judgment, and our current economic troubles may only be the beginning.

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  1. Yes, I know that some were deists, but 90% of the Founders were not. []

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