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.
Some time back I sold the farm and moved to town. I traded ten acres for a subdivision; plowed dirt for concrete and asphalt. A wise man once told me, “Children grow far better in plowed dirt than concrete.” I believe he was on the right track. Big cities have always been the center of sordid behavior and compromised values. Whether Rome of old, Paris of recent or New York of present; I’ll take small town living anytime. The trouble is big city living isn’t staying in the big cities! There was a day when small town folks had time to loiter and lounge. Today they post “no loitering” signs and the only thing you get from a lounge is a hangover and a headache. When is the last time you simply paused to think, meditate and pray. No, we are in too big a hurry; late for this, tardy for that! We may sing “take time to be holy”, but few of us do. This is Just-A-Minute.
I am nearing three score and ten, just a couple more years. I’ve been preaching for nearly half a century. It is a time of life that many set aside their work and retire to other activities. But my chosen path does not allow for such a choice. In all the years I’ve lived, the need for the word of God has never been greater. I like to think of myself as a gospel preacher. Gospel means “good tidings” and that is what I prefer to focus upon. But times have changed and while the good news is still relevant, evil days are ever more so prevalent. I’d rather declare the love of God for all, but as Jesus Himself said, “when lawlessness abounds, the love of many grows cold.” Lawlessness abounds, sinfulness flourishes, iniquity overflows, wickedness thrives, perversity infests and the faithful faint, the righteous relapse, the godly decline, and Christians everywhere weaken. This is not time to quit; it is time to remain steadfast. 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.
There are some things you can’t buy on eBay! Some things even Amazon doesn’t stock. One of the proverbs says, A good name is more desirable than great riches and respect is better than silver or gold. When is the last time you thought about your honor? There was a time when people valued their honor and consistently chose honorable behavior to ensure their reputation. But today honor is forgotten and character devalued. Integrity is sold for a fistful of dollars and a good name is auctioned to the highest bidder. Words like discipline and ideas such as sacrifice have gone the way of the horse and buggy. Most of us have heard of them, but we don’t quite know how they operate. So instead of taking the time to learn, we just buy another lottery ticket and hope for the lucky numbers. If you want to hit it big time, try doing the honorable thing. This is Just-A-Minute.
How do you go about converting America to accept homosexuality as an alternate sexual norm. Back in 1989, a psychologist and an advertising executive set out to redefine the homosexual movement. Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen outlined their plan in After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the ’90s. They spelled out a strategy that is now being followed that is calculated to make the aberrant behavior appear as normal as possible. Judging by the television network shows, their plan is being followed to the letter. Not a night goes by that at least one TV show and often several broadcasts this corruptness. It has become so commonplace that I find myself turning the channel or the TV off more than ever before. While that works for me, I know that in most homes the perverseness will be allowed to run its course and the result over time will accomplish a climate of acceptance to that which has always before this generation been contrary to nature and deserving of condemnation. I object but I doubt my solitary voice joined with others here and there will make much difference. But of one thing I am confident, America is begging for judgment! “Wherever the corpse is, there will the vultures circle.”
I am fed up with the ACLU protecting my rights, with Hollywood redefining our morals, with left wing activists demanding center stage, with a president who doesn’t know the difference between what is natural and what is perverse. As homosexuality gains increasing acceptance in America, one wonders how big a closet they emptied out of. OK, I grew up with Father Knows Best, Leave It To Beaver and Ozzie and Harriet. The current generation believes they have progressed beyond these old-fashioned stereotypes, but what they claim is progress is actually a free fall towards hell! What’s wrong with Ozzie loving Harriet instead of Harry? What’s wrong with a marriage that strengthens and a love that deepens as the years pass by? What’s wrong with a mother who focuses first on her family and home? If you ask me, I’ll go with the old-fashioned stereotypes! This is Just-A-Minute.