JUNE 26, 2015: A DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN (IM)MORAL INFAMY!
June 26, 2015, is a day that will live in (im)moral infamy in the United States of America! On that day, by a vote of five to four, the United States Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states. For God-fearing, Bible-believing, self-respecting people, this brought our country to a new low, morally speaking. One wonders if it can get any worse? Perhaps the only bright spot to be seen is that now we have only one way to go and that is up!
The Bible, God’s divinely inspired and inerrant word, says:
“And the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man [Adam] should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him . . . And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. And the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.’ Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:18-24).
Do you believe that? I do! And I will say that if you do not believe it, you might as well throw your Bible in the trashcan and forget about claiming to believe any of it! To reject this foundational account of the origin of mankind and the sanctity of male and female relationships in the marriage bond found in the opening chapters of the Bible sets the stage for the rejection of every other teaching, principle, doctrine, and practice set forth in that divine volume that arrogant and depraved man chooses not to accept! And there is not a Bible doctrine, principle, precept, or practice that some liberal/ progressive somewhere has not rejected!
Moses wrote: “You shall not lie [euphemism for “have sexual relationships with,” hf] a male as with a woman. It is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22). The apostle Paul, in describing the depravity of the ancient world, wrote: “Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due” (Romans 1:27). Jesus Christ, reminding people of God’s original law of marriage, said: “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” (Matthew 19:4-5).
But the sad fact is that many have not read what God says about the matter, and others simply do not care. They have become wise in their own conceits (Romans 12:16). Many years ago, when the gays and the lesbians began to “come out of the closet,” a friend in Dallas said to me, “If God does not destroy America, He will need to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” I am afraid my friend was right. But as another friend recently said, “I hope there are ten righteous people left in America. That may spare us for a while!” (See Genesis 18:16-33 for the biblical background of the preceding statement, followed by Genesis 19 and the account of the destruction of the two sexually depraved and perverted cities).
The Bible teaches that “we must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). We need to remember that no earthly court can supersede the Court of Heaven! And, as still another friend has so wisely observed, no earthly court impose dignity on an abomination!
May God have mercy on us all! Only Christ and His gospel can change us and save us.
July 7, 2015
July 15: Philippi Church of Christ, Hartsville, TN