Last week, I had posted that God's Word matters above all things. While we may attempt to argue about a social concern or popular trend in terms of logical argument, some logical arguments will not stand. Some, quite frankly, are just plain stupid. For example, anyone who insists that heterosexual marriage is better than same-sex marriages because husbands and wives get along better than lesbians should be prepared to hear about the deplorable divorce rate our country knows all too well. If you are going to make definitive statements, base them on God's Word. The Word stands, as it has for the history of the world. People who hate it and reject it are simply acting as we would expect unbelievers to act. They reject the Word; they have not overthrown it. The word of our God endures forever. (Or if you prefer the Latin: Dei verbum manet in aeternum. Isn't Latin fun?)
Unfortunately, Christians are also victims of the culture we live in. Many are buying into the propaganda, argumentation, and social pressure to believe that same-sex marriage is a good law and even a good practice. How many Christians are hitting the "like" button for comments which favor same-sex marriage or have updated their Facebook profile to be a rainbow flag? I suspect that it is far more common than I think. Such actions will garner praise from the world. Such opinions will brand you as a good American. But if you are going to do these things, you run into some serious problems with the word of God.
I will only highlight two Scripture verses.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
(NOTE: Especially in this verse, we see many sins which mark people as unrighteous, not just sexual ones. But, these are all sins. They mark all people as unrighteous. The only remedy for unrighteousness, judgment, and damnation is the blood of Jesus Christ. These are what the Corinthians were; but by God's grace they repented and found forgiveness in Jesus--a new status and a new life that seeks what is good and despises what is wicked.)
How can you "like" same sex marriage and still confess the previous verses to be God's word? They are mutually exclusive and contradictory. Either the Bible verses are to be confessed or rejected, believed or disbelieved. If you are that eager to be a good American, you may have to forfeit being a good Christian to do it. Beware.
God's Word matters. And the words we use to confess our faith matter too. Consider the words "good" and "love." A kindergartner can probably give you a decent definition of each, but these words have been used and twisted and worked in such a way that Christians have a hard time recognizing that what what the world means by "good" and "love" are not necessarily what God means when he uses those words.
In an upcoming blog post, we will consider what God means when he uses the word "good" and "love." If Christians maintain a firm grasp on the way God uses these words, many arguments offered by our world will be exposed for the lies they are, we will be strengthened in our stance on God's truth, and we will be further aided in speaking the truth in love.