God Can Be So Intolerant!
That is the mantra of those who disagree with God. They do not come right out and say that God is intolerant; they rather lay it on those who strive to be faithful and obedient to God’s revealed will. I am referring to the latest political decision of the illustrious body that governs our state. Here is a quote from the New York Times.
"It's an important moment in the land of Lincoln," Governor Patrick J. Quinn said as the standing-room only crowd cheered and snapped pictures. "We believe in civil rights, and we believe in civil unions."
Our State has become one of the few that have approved civil unions for same sex couples. The argument goes that homosexual couples have been denied the same rights as heterosexuals; “emergency medical decision-making powers, inheritance rights, pension benefits, adoption and parental rights, and the ability to share a room in a nursing home.” Of course, in a secular/civil society it would seem logical for the government to make its decisions based on what people ‘feel’ is their right, and if we were a totally secular/civil society I might agree. However, we are not, nor have we ever been. A minority of people would like us to believe that our faith in God has no bearing on the decisions we make as a nation. Yet, we are a nation of and by the people. And though our government is to stand up for the rights of minorities that are repressed it is not its job to bow to the whims of people who believe their immoral behavior constitutes a minority status. Here is where I will be considered intolerant and misguided. This is what God says,
“1Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals….and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching…”
I know there are gays who argue that these passages are cultural, but that would be to say that condemnation of kidnappers, liars and perjurers are too, and we should not think those actions wrong. They might also say that if we deny them rights why not deny rights to those who commit the other immoral behavior. I would agree; fornicators, idolaters, and adulterers are just as wrong and sinful as homosexuals.
I can say this because the word of God says it. God has granted ‘inalienable’ rights to us, and true joy and peace come when we follow his commandments. In the end, however, the right or wrong about an action is determined, not by what you or I think is the standard, but what God lays down as an expression of His holy character. It is a sad day for the State of Illinois, not because same sex couples can be on the same insurance, but because, once again, they have trampled underfoot the Holy Character of God and have rejected Him.
Let’s keep praying, preaching, and teaching the gospel that all might hear and come to know the saving grace of God through Christ; only in this way will people change.
I am just saying……