Part Five: Why Gay Marriage is Bad for America
In my last post, I laid out a Biblical epistemology, or worldview, of marriage and family and their importance to God. The coming together of man and woman as “one flesh” in the context of marriage is the most intimate expression of love and oneness two humans can experience. God made us where we fit together — literally — physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Marriage is the perfect expression to illustrate God’s perfect fit with us, as His creation, made in His image. The scripture tells us that as believers we are Christ’s bride, that God is a jealous God and that husbands should love their wives as Christ loves the church. The biblical examples go on and on.
It should come as no surprise to us that sexual sin is emphasized so much in scripture. Biblically speaking, there is just something different about sexual sin.
In 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, the Apostle Paul clearly specifies that there is something different about sexual sin. In verse 18 Paul writes, “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.”
In 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, Paul compliments the people, and then issues this instruction in the form of a warning. I have included verses 3-8, below.
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.”
Sometimes what the scripture doesn’t say tells us a lot. Take this first phrase of verse three. Why didn’t Paul say,
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid murder“?
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid telling lies”?
“It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid stealing“?
Could it be that when we sin sexually, that this is the first sign of more sin to come; the first sign of moral decline within ourselves and in the culture?
In Romans 1:18-32, Paul certainly indicates this. In these verses it is evident that sexual sin and specifically same sex relations are unnatural and are the first visible sign of a people who have turned their backs on God.
Let’s take a close look at Romans 1:18-32 and the seven steps to cultural chaos.
- Step One: Suppress the truth, verses 18-20.
- Step Two: They didn’t glorify God nor did they give thanks to Him, resulting in futile thinking and a dark heart, verse 21.
- Step Three: They claimed to be wiser than God and began to worship themselves, verses 22-23.
- Step Four: God gave them over to their sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies.verse 24
- Step Five: They exchanged the truth of God for a lie. verse 25
- Step Six: Women and men exchanged natural relations for unnatural relations, verses 26-27.
- Step Seven: They received the due penalty for their perversion, verse 27.
And what is the penalty? Take a look.
- A depraved mind to do what should not be done.
- A mind filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity.
- Envy, murder, strife, deceit, cruelty.
- Gossip, slander, God-hating, disrespect, arrogance, boastfulness.
- They invent ways of doing evil.
- They disobey their parents.
- They are senseless, faithless, heartless, and ruthless.
The Apostle concludes his remarks in verse 32.
“Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”
Folks, from a biblical epistemological approach, to what conclusions can we come? What are we, as Christians, to do about what we know to be biblically true?
Stay tuned for part six.