June 1

Awaiting the Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

By now we are aware that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage will be handed down in June 2015.  Currently 36 states and the District of Columbia recognize the rights of same-sex couples to marry.  If the court rules accordingly, state laws opposing such marriage will be overturned and same-sex marriage will become the law of the land.  This will be as monumental a social change as was Roe v. Wade in 1973 that mandated abortion-on-demand throughout the U.S.  If the court does not rule in favor, the tide of opinion is turning in our country and it is only a matter of time when a future decision will mandate it in all 50 states.


Already some Christian leaders have warned that a favorable ruling will mean “the end of Western Civilization as we have known it.”  Certainly that was the effect of Roe v. Wade with one out of four pregnancies in America now ending in abortion.  The legalizing of same-sex marriage will mean the triumph of the sexual revolution which has always wanted no restrictions on sexual behavior.  Already advocates of plural marriage are advancing their arguments, attempting to change further the meaning of marriage to be what anyone wants it to be.  Justice Samuel Alito’s perceptive questioning raised this issue of what is to stop several people from demanding group marriage if the definition of marriage can be changed to include same-sex couples.  The lawyer could only respond that society has not recognized marriage to include more than two people.  We might add to her statement, “yet.”


Several reactions to this come to mind.  One, the Bible is very clear that homosexual relations are morally sinful.    You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination, Leviticus 18:22.  This is so clear it needs no explanation, and it can receive no refutation.  As D. James Kennedy wrote, If homosexual relations are not wrong, then nothing is wrong.  Bible-believing Christians have no choice but to stand on the truth of God’s Word and not compromise.  Others may capitulate but we cannot.  And we will be tested.


Two, the open acceptance and normalizing of homosexual relations is a sign that God has abandoned our culture to the consequences of its sin.  Three times in Romans 1 Scripture says emphatically that God gives up to degraded passions a society that abandons Him, vv. 24, 26, 28.  Those degraded passions are men committing shameless acts with men, v. 27, and even their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature, v. 26.  The result of this is that a veritable floodgate of iniquity opens up as a culture descends ever more deeply into moral darkness and chaos, vv. 29-32.  That is now what is ahead morally and spiritually for America.  Apart from national repentance and revival we cannot avoid descending into a new spiritual Dark Ages.  God’s judgment is upon us.  May He graciously spare us with revival.


Three, the gospel of Jesus Christ is still able to rescue sinners from the bondage of sin.  We don’t despise sinners, but lovingly and boldly share the good news that can set them free.  That’s every sinner’s hope.  Despite the lie that homosexuals cannot be delivered, Paul knew better.  He knew many people in Corinth who practice homosexuality, 1 Corinthians 6:9.  Yet he wrote this about his Christian converts, And such were some of you.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God, v. 11.


Your friend, sharing the good news, Pastor Brian (:-}).