Many Christian were alarmed recently when the Supreme Court ruled that Same-Sex marriage was recognized by the Federal Government and by extension all of the states including the several that had passed legislation against such unions.
Many Christians no doubt sat through sermons Sunday of preachers land blasting “the gays” (that’s seen as a derogatory term now by the way). I know many of you don’t care that that is a derogatory term but you should. You should no more use “gay” because it is seen as offensive by that group any more than you should use the N word, or any other word like that. Eph 4:29 reminds us that our speech should give grace and point people to God, and Rom. 12:18 tells us to do all we can to live at peace with everyone. Being intentionally offensive is not being obedient to either one of those verses. But I would like to point us a little closer to the root of the problem. Hint: the “problem” is not the people themselves.
First let us examine what the Bible says about homosexuality. The bible is very clear homosexuality is a sin. Let me say that more plainly God doesn’t not want people to participate in homosexual acts. This is stated multiple times and is not ambiguous or unclear. I think Lev. 18:22 is the most clear “22 You are not to sleep with a man as with a woman; it is detestable.” Pretty straight forward there.
But I want you to notice something in that and other passages. It did not say that same-sex marriage was a sin the sin is the act itself. Who is foolish enough to believe that people weren’t participating in homosexual acts prior to this law? Of course people were. What this law should do is wake the Christians up. America is not a Christian nation. The passage of this law (and others) is merely an indicator of where our society is at morally. And on this (and other) issues our society (not just our laws) are in contradiction to the bible.
So what should be the Christians responce to all this. We need to realize that we are losing people. God called us to make disciples and we aren’t making disciples.
This graph is of the percentage of Americans that claim they attend church regularly. In only the past 20 years we have seen a sharp decline in those people, and we all realize that people claim more than they actually do. This is one of many indicators that show the church is not producing true disciples of Jesus.
If we want to see a changed society and culture we must do it one person at a time. Let these recent developments be a call to arms for the church to make disciples not to fight legal and political battles. Let us instead fight for the hearts and souls of the people around us.