HUGH’S NEWS & VIEWS
LIME GREEN CARSAND SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
For several years I have been a member of an internet discussion group dedicated to a study of the history of the Restoration Movement, a movement that began in the early 1800s and that has as its aim a return to the Bible alone as the authority in religion and a restoration of the church as set forth on the pages of the New Testament. We are a diverse group, made up of a wide range of people whose notions about what it means to restore and be the New Testament church in the present age are by no means uniform. In addition to our main objective, we sometimes wander far a-field into other areas that are interesting to talk about but have little direct bearing on our main purpose. We have been known, for example, to discuss where the best barbeque is to be found (North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas); foods unique to different parts of the country; which college football conference is the best (as if there is any real question about that!); favorite Christmas music; moves, retirements, birthdays, anniversaries, travel plans, and speaking engagements of various group members; what it means to be chic; what it means to be a part of the “Old Guard” elite, as well as a host of other matters. All in all, we have a lot of fun, and as one of my old college professors, W. Claude Hall, used to say, “If one is not careful, one will learn something!”
A few weeks ago in a rather rhetorical fashion, I asked, “If some of the early leaders of the Restoration Movement men such as Thomas and Alexander Campbell, Barton W. Stone, Walter Scott, “Raccoon” John Smith, and Samuel Rogers, or later leaders such as David Lipscomb and T. B. Larimore, should return to the scene today what might be their reaction toward homosexuality and the growing phenomenon of same-sex marriage?”
One list member was quite forthright to say that he had no doubt but that they would be greatly shocked by these things.
Imagine my surprise, however, when he went on to say that if Henry Ford should come back today he also would be greatly shocked to find that the cars marketed under his name were being sold in colors such as lime green rather than the uniformly black of Ford’s day.
I find it utterly amazing that anyone would make what Moses the prophet of God called an abomination (Leviticus 18:22; 20:13) and what Paul the inspired apostle of Christ labeled as being that which “is against nature” (Romans 1:26-27) analogous to lime green cars! I hardly see how it would be possible for anyone to more egregiously trivialize such a serious moral matter! Lime green cars and same-sex marriage on an equal level?!
Recently, Desmond Tutu, former Archbishop (Anglican Church of South Africa) of Cape Town, made international headlines when he went on record as saying he would not worship a homophobic God, would “refuse to go to a homophobic heaven,” and, instead, would choose “the other place.”
I wonder how long the Bishop would have to be in “the other place” before he decided that he would like to leave that place and be allowed to enter the “homophobic heaven”! Has he ever read the story told by Jesus and recorded in Luke 16:19-31?
Sadly, we have come to a point in time when many, even some who once gave “lip service” to the restoration principle and the restoration plea, seem more interested in defending whatever is politically correct, regardless of how badly it conflicts with the word of God. They have bought into the philosophy of Postmodernism which says there is no one right way and no one should judge anything as necessarily being morally wrong. They would rather defend the immoral practices and sinful lifestyles of their family and friends than to defend the truth of God’s word! They love the praise of men more than the praise of God, and are more interested in pleasing men than in pleasing God.
Paul asked, “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men?” He then answered, “For if I still pleased men, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).
I fear that those who trivialize homosexuality and same-sex marriage by making them analogous to lime green cars are but a step from rank infidelity, if they are not already there. There was a time when gospel preachers proclaimed the necessity of being washed white (see I Corinthians 6:9-11). Now it seems that many think all that is needed is just a little whitewash!
September 3, 2013