That is the headline of Newsweek’s recent addition. Though President Obama has historically been
in opposition to gay marriage, he has recently stated that his views have
evolved, and that the golden rule, “do unto others as you would have them do
unto you,” has convinced him that equal rights should be granted to homosexual
couples. He says this while reiterating
that he and his wife are practicing Christians (whatever that means). Double speak isn’t anything new to
politics. It helps them curry favor with
opposing viewpoints. It amazes me how
many politician think that works, that people are that gullible, but then again
maybe we are easily manipulated. Black
pastors who are strongly against that Presidents position on this subject, will
still vigorously support him in the fall because other social issues trump
moral imperatives in the scripture.
Conservatives do not see any inconstancy with the
President’s admission, nor do they see it as a new revelation. His liberal policies and openly hostile
decisions against religious practices (Catholics and contraceptives) are well
documented. Christians should not be
surprised about the movement away from a biblical ethic. In a growing secular, pluralistic society a
president who is not firmly rooted in biblical faith, caring more about God’s
blessing then the blessing of society, will eventually move away from a
biblical ethic to one that provides “freedom” for all beliefs and
As Christians we know that the happiest place is within the
framework of God’s will and blessing.
But those who do not believe, who live lives of lawlessness, God’s will
is restrictive, prudish, intolerant, hateful, exclusive, and oppressive. One of two things will happen, people will
either reject God, or form Him in their image.
It is difficult for Christians to argue from moral superiority because
throughout history the church has used scripture as a club against anyone who
defied, not biblical truth, but cultural Christian views; the Church vs.
Science (the world is flat), The Church vs. Islam (the Crusades), The Church
vs. Slavery (early American history), and so on. The failing of God’s people, however, is not
the failing of God.
There are two ways to accomplish God’s will in American culture,
and both are crucial. The first is the
reformation of the heart. Before true
and permanent change can occur in our society, people need to become aware of
their sin, that God desires a relationship with them, and has provided a way
through His son, Jesus. As one pastor
recently said, “When we come to know Jesus, only then do we truly understand
how sinful we are.” Each of us has an
unbelieving family member or friend who needs to hear the transforming message
of salvation. We need to talk to them. Faith comes from hearing and hearing by the
word of God.
The second way is through political action. As Christian citizens of the United States we
have just as much right to argue our case before the court of public opinion
and legislate a morality that we believe is the best for all people. We will be labeled unloving and insensitive,
but that is a manipulative tactic to make us feel guilty and pull back on what
we believe. However, our tone and
behavior should exhibit God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness. Posters declaring God’s eternal judgment on
homosexuals may be true, but they shut down dialogue. Maybe a sign that reads, “God loves
homosexuals, and has a better plan for their lives.” Unbelievers will still be offended, but the
sentiment is more positive, the message just as true.
If you are a homosexual reading this blog, know that your
behavior is of no greater or less offensive to God then an adulterer, a liar, a
fornicator, a back biter, or a murderer.
All sin is offensive to God and is deserving of punishment, and I am
among the greatest sinners of all. The
good news is that Christ’s death and resurrection has made away for our sins to
be forgiven, and our hearts, minds, and behavior to be transformed! Through faith we can become new creatures and
restored to our loving heavenly Father, and then our culture will be renewed
and transformed. I’m just saying…..