It seems the biggest news in California this week is the overturning of Proposition 8 by U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker. Proposition 8 is a voter approved gay marriage ban. It should be no surprise that homosexual lobbyists, activists and the other usual suspects funded the legal battle to overturn the will of the majority of the citizens of our state.
The ruling has already been sent to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and we will see if they will uphold the will of the people or the will of an activist judge. The last hope of legal relief would be a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. The outcome of that decision is yet to be seen. Please pray that righteousness will be upheld in the courts of our nation.
What is the Christian response to this decision? What should we be doing?
- We should continue to love and share the gospel with all those who are lost
- We should pray for the salvation of the judges, attorneys and other government officials involved in this process
- We should write letters, send emails and make phone calls to our local, state and federal representatives voicing our opposition to this ruling
- These letters should come from Christian voters who are rational and passionate not from angry and hateful people using the Bible to further condemn those who are already lost
- We should cut off our financial support of politicians, entertainers and businesses that supported the overturn of this ruling.
- A simple “Dear Mr. President” letter informing a company that their values are not aligned with your values and therefore you must take your business someplace else is a powerful way to communicate.
Christianity in America is unfortunately becoming like Christianity in Europe. We are becoming a minority that is considered to be on the radical fringe by our government and culture. Our nations’ doctrines of tolerance and inclusion do not allow for our voice of salvation by Christ alone to be relevant in society. We are truly becoming a counter-culture; the Jesus culture.
There will be opportunities for you to have discussions with believers and unbelievers on the subject of gay marriage. There will be pressure to conform to the prevailing opinion of the group. My prayer for you is that you will clearly and compassionately declare the truth of the Word of God. The outcome may be that those you are speaking with will accept the truth and believe the gospel. The outcome may also be that you are shunned as a narrow-minded fundamentalist. The key factor is that we must be willing to stand for the truth of the Bible. The key to your discussion should be the cross and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately we will see photos and videos on the news of “Christian” protestors with signs, banners and speaking words about how God “hates homosexuals”. The people they portray will be wild-eyed and crazy for sure. They will be angry to the point of scary. They will provide terrible testimony to the Jesus of the Bible. It is a rare thing for the media to cite or source an actual believer in Jesus Christ; our opinions and views are things they do not want to have to deal with. It is much easier to feature the crazies and relegate the “Christian” opinion to the fringe.
Is it true? Does God hate homosexuals? Is there something about a marriage certificate for these men and women that infuriates Him even more?
I frequently hear this verse from people:
God is a just judge, and God is angry with the wicked every day. (Psalm 7:11)
Does your sin make God angry? Does my sin make Him mad?
The Apostle Paul said it this way:
Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles, are under the power of sin. As the Scriptures say,
“No one is righteous— not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.”
“Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with lies.”
“Snake venom drips from their lips.”
“Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
“They rush to commit murder. Destruction and misery always follow them. They don’t know where to find peace.”
“They have no fear of God at all.”
Obviously, the law applies to those to whom it was given, for its purpose is to keep people from having excuses, and to show that the entire world is guilty before God. For no one can ever be made right with God by doing what the law commands. The law simply shows us how sinful we are.
But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus.
Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law.
After all, is God the God of the Jews only? Isn’t he also the God of the Gentiles? Of course he is. There is only one God, and he makes people right with himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles. Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law. (Romans 3:9-31)
Our sin was so bad that God had to sacrifice Jesus Christ in our place so that we would not have to receive the punishment and divine justice that the righteousness of God demanded.
Jesus died and rose again so that every person on planet earth could be redeemed from the curse of sin. We can be changed and delivered. We can be set free from addictions and sins that bind us. This is what the bible calls being “born again”.
So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:16-21)
You cannot practice homosexuality and be a biblical Christian. You cannot go to heaven without being a biblical Christian. Therefore you cannot practice homosexuality and go to heaven. Jesus Christ died for the sins of the homosexual, the heterosexual and every other kind of sexual out there.
God is no longer judging humanity based on the sins that they commit only upon their willingness or unwillingness to accept the gift of grace given to them by Jesus Christ.
Every person was born into a world filled with sin and in need of redemption. Your sin and my sin separated us from God and there is nothing we can do to change that. God paid the price to change it for us and now asks that we believe and receive His gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
- Do you have to stop being a homosexual in order to come to Jesus?
- Do you have to stop being a heterosexual in order to come to Jesus?
- Do you have to stop being a liar in order to come to Jesus?
- Do you have to stop being a drunk in order to come to Jesus?
- Do you have to stop sinning in order to come to Jesus?
You have to be willing to call sin “sin” in order to come to Jesus. You have to be willing to accept that you are lost and in need of a Savior in order to come to Jesus. You must be willing to allow the grace of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to change you into another person. You need to be born again.
Never try to take on a challenge of changing your heart and your habits when only God Himself can make you new. We must surrender to His mercy and grace; declaring our need and dependence upon Jesus.
It is truly alarming and disconcerting that a judge has the power to overturn the will of the majority of the people. It is a sign that we as Christians must become more active and vocal in the civil and political arenas.
The homosexual agenda is not going away in the United States or any other country in the world. Jesus Christ died so that homosexuals could be born again and forgiven of their sins. It is the responsibility of the Christian church to forcefully oppose that which is contrary to the word of God and it is our responsibility to love, pray for and minister to all of those for whom Jesus died.
Proposition 8 may have taken a serious punch but Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Gay marriage may stay outlawed after the appeals process or it may become a reality. The word of God will remain the same and the solution for every sin will always be repent and believe the gospel.