Recently, on June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States, by a vote of five to four, ruled that same sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Justice Kennedy, voting in the majority, stated “No longer may this liberty be denied.” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called the ruling, “a historic victory for marriage equality.” Voicing his strong support for the court’s decision, President Obama called it “justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.” President Obama placed a congratulatory phone call to James Obergefell, the chief plaintiff in the case. Obama, later speaking at the White House, praised the decision as an affirmation of the principle that all Americans are created equal and called the ruling “a victory for America.”
No, Mr. President. This was not a victory for America. This was, in reality, a sad day for America. It is a reminder as to how far our country’s leaders have strayed away from God and his eternal principles. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). God has so clearly stipulated that the marriage relationship is that of one man and one woman. “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man (Genesis 2:21-23). God’s word so unambiguously teaches that homosexuality is a sin (Romans 1:27-32; Jude 7). No man has the right to add to the scriptures, nor to take away from them (Revelation 22:18).
As Christians, we are to recognize homosexuality for what it is – an abomination to God! “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination” (Leviticus 18:22). At the same time, we must desire to lovingly reach out to those people involved in this sin. We must realize the same Jesus who died for us died for ALL of mankind (John 3:16). We must realize that the gospel has the power to changes people’s hearts and lives. When Paul wrote to the church at Corinth it was obvious that some, who were faithful Christians at the time of his writing, had previously been homosexuals (I Corinthians 6:9). Yet, they had been washed by the blood of Christ and were now cleansed of their sin (I Corinthians 6:11). Prior to their repentance, they had no hope of heaven (I Corinthians 6:10).
As Christians, we need to pray for our nation (I Timothy 2:1-2). We need leaders in government who want to know what the Bible teaches and are willing to follow up by governing according to Biblical principles.
As Christians, we need to pray for those men who preach in a public way. We need to pray that those men approach the pulpit with a recognition of right and wrong and a determination to speak the truth concerning the sin of homosexuality. To Timothy, Paul wrote: “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (II Timothy 4:2).
As Christians, we need to pray that husbands/fathers will guide their families in the right way (Ephesians 6:1-4). We need to pray that husbands/fathers will teach their children what the Bible so clearly says about homosexuality.
June 6, 2015 was a sad day for America. But there is hope; if our country will repent and turn back to the Bible.