I received a call out of the clear blue from a fellow who simply introduced the call with “I am from Indiana and looking for someone to do a wedding in your area.” I suspect that it was a call that is related to the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding same-sex marriage. I replied that I only perform ceremonies for our local members and he promptly hung up. While I have no evidence, I suspect that this is an example of pushing an agenda and let the unsuspecting beware.
What should be the proper response by faithful Christians who respect the word of God towards the increasing acceptance of same-sex marriage? I suppose some judge that I hate gays and lesbians or at the very least hold them in contempt. But don’t hasten your prosecution. I believe that we need to preach the love of God for all, as well as encourage righteousness and purity in every phase of life. I understand that some tell us they are troubled with same-sex attraction. To these we should offer emotional and spiritual support, just as we do to others who struggle with alcohol, anger, or any other sinful proclivity. But what we mustn’t do is cave-in to the claims of Hollywood, the ACLU, left wing activists, Supreme Court justices, the president, and even some churches. . If God declares a certain behavior deviant and perverse, let not man claim it is normal and acceptable. This is Just-A-Minute.
Have you noticed that every television show somehow works in a gay or lesbian couple nowadays? At the rate things are going, a straight couple or should I say normal couple will soon be as hard to find as A-1 in a Heinz ketchup factory. That Hollywood closet must be a big one. They look at me and say I’m homophobic. But I’m not homophobic, I’m a believer in the word of God. They look at me and compare me to a racist or anti-Semite bigot. But I am not a bigot, I am simply biased towards the Bible as God’s word. They say, look, some churches have practicing homosexuals as pastors. What another church chooses to do is their business, but what I choose to do is decided with one eye on the scriptures and the other on the Judgment Day. If God declares a certain behavior deviant and perverse, let not man claim it is normal and acceptable. This is Just-A-Minute.
NFL player Michael Sam announces he is gay and there is a tsunami of support. NBA player Jason Collins comes out as gay and makes the cover of Sports Illustrated. The Boy Scouts of America votes to allow openly gay boys into its ranks. The US Supreme Court gives federal recognition to same-sex marriage. The president of the United States scolds the president of Russia for signing into law a ruling that restricts homosexuality. Not only have gays and lesbians come out of the closet, they have managed to convince many that their agenda is a matter of civil rights. But there is nothing civil and nothing right about sodomy! It is shameful, perverse and contrary to nature. Rather than upbraiding Russia for trying to restrict the spread of homosexuality among its young people, our president would fare better taking his stand alongside Russia and the word of God. This is Just-A-Minute.
The Christian Chronicle begins this month: “NBA player Jason Collins comes out as gay and makes the cover of Sports Illustrated. The Boy Scouts of America votes to allow openly gay boys into its ranks. The US Supreme Court gives federal recognition to same-sex marriage, As homosexuality gains increasing acceptance in America . . .” The article raises the question of the proper response to all of this by faithful Christians. The article mentions some congregations that have begun programs providing emotional and spiritual support to those who are troubled with same-sex attraction. I certainly believe that we need to preach the love of God for all, as well as encourage righteousness and purity in every phase of life, and support those who struggle with a particular sinful proclivity. On the other hand, I believe there is no better time to be perceived as taking a strong stand against this groundswell support of the sin of homosexuality. Are congregations struggling with declining attendance? Here is an opportunity to appeal to people in our communities that share solid moral values and are fed up with the direction Hollywood, the ACLU, left wing activists, the president, and even some churches are leading America. While other churches are seen as accepting homosexuality, we need to proclaim God’s word and let it be known that we will not cave in!
The homosexual influence in America has spread to theological circles and gay ministers and scholars have begun to re-evaluate Scripture in the light of a “homosexual hermeneutic.” Chief among these is John Boswell’s work, Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality (1980).
In his exegesis of Romans 1:26-27 Boswell uses three arguments to trivialize the sexual aspect of these verses. (1) One, that idolatry (which he associates with temple prostitution) is not the point of this passage. Secondly, that Paul simply rebukes Gentile behavior. They could have seen evidences of God in the powers of nature, yet, they turned to idols (1:19-23). Therefore, Boswell posits, “the reference to homosexuality is simply a mundane analogy to this theological sin.” (2) Thirdly, Boswell argues that Paul is condemning “homosexual acts by apparently heterosexual persons.” (3)
Boy Scouts hear the word of the Lord: For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 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, Romans 1:26, 27. If anyone does not understand that homosexuality is condemned by God’s word, it is because they don’t want to understand. They may gratify themselves with the perverse in this life, but not with impunity. God has appointed a day in which He will judge every man according to the works that he has done in this life. Before you cast your future to the wind, why not discover that the greatest fulfillment comes living in harmony with God. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess