How should we view American law in our advanced age as it relates to homosexuality and homosexual marriage?  That is the massive issue being played out in the courts as the Supreme Court of the US is hearing a case centered on that very subject.  Although many people want to bypass the Bible as they rethink marriage in the legal system, perhaps the Supreme Court should consider pitching their tent toward Sodom prior to their ruling.  Voddie Baucham, in his article titled, Gay Is Not The New Black, made the following observation:

“The very definition of marriage eliminates the possibility of including same-sex couples. The word marriage has a long and well-recorded history; it means “the union of a man and a woman.” Even in cultures that practice polygamy, the definition involves a man and several women. Therefore, while anti-miscegenation laws denied people a legitimate right, the same cannot be said concerning the denial of marriage to same-sex couples; one cannot be denied a right to something that doesn’t exist.”

Homosexuality Alters Society

The plan of God from the beginning was for the institution of marriage to be the building block of the family which is the foundation of society.  When sin alters the plan of God, the foundation of society is compromised.  The problems of the historic city of Sodom were directly related to the sin of homosexuality.  There is no question about it, the depth and openness of their depravity in the city of Sodom caused problems for the entire society.  The Bible provides the following testimony about the wickedness of Sodom:

  • Genesis 18:20 – Then the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave
  • Genesis 13:13 – Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the LORD.

Make no mistake about it, the decisions of the Sodomites changed the landscape of their city.  It increased violence, altered sexual behaviors, and eventually ruined their city.  What was once believed to be a great city was completely altered through the sin of homosexuality.  America will suffer similar results in the long run if homosexual marriage is legalized.  The problems will be inescapable and they will have lasting impact on our children.

Homosexual Marriage Is Not Normal

Recently, weekend anchor on the Today show, Jenna Wolfe announced that she is pregnant.  While that may not seem outrageous, she made the announcement in the following words:  “I’m actually pregnant,” she said. “I’m quite pregnant, actually…My girlfriend Stephanie Gosk and I, who works here at NBC, are expecting a baby girl.”  Pregnancy is normal, but when you hear people talking openly about being pregnant and being gay at the same time, that’s not normal.  It’s reported that Jenna’s pregnancy came through an anonymous sperm donor.  The point is clear – it’s not Stephanie’s baby at all – right?  Jenna’s announcement was a “coming out” for her pregnancy and homosexuality.  That’s what our “free” culture teaches.  If you feel a certain way, you need to embrace it and “come out” and let yourself be known.  According to our culture, anything less is to remain trapped.  Commenting on that very issue, Tim Challies in his article titled, When Freedom Is Captivity, writes:

“And yet the Bible tells us a very different story. True freedom, the Bible insists, comes when we obey God. We do not find freedom outside of the revealed will of God but within it. It is within the boundaries he gives us that we find freedom and joy and fulfillment. What looks like captivity is freedom, and what looks like freedom is captivity. We are terrible assessors of what brings the truest joy. It is a daily battle to take God at his word.”

God intended marriage to be the union of a man and a woman (one man and one woman).  He instituted that from the very beginning in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2).  The testimony of God’s plan is found in Genesis 2:24 – “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”  When two homosexual women are unable to conceive on their own (100% of the cases), they are driven to the adoption agencies or sperm donors.  To adopt a child is not a bad thing and the use of modern science in cases of infertility should not be frowned upon, it is however a very unnatural thing for two men to be in line at an adoption agency making arrangements to adopt a little boy because they were unable to conceive.  The Scripture is clear in Romans 1:26-27, homosexual behavior is “contrary to nature.”  In his article titled, The Case Against Homosexual Marriage, Albert Mohler writes:

“Severed from even the possibility of natural procreation, their relationship is inescapably unnatural. Rather than reinforcing heterosexual responsibility and sanctioning heterosexual monogamy, same-sex sexual pairings undermine the very notion of a sexual norm. Acceptance of homosexual marriage flies in the face of both biblical revelation and millennia of accumulated moral wisdom.”

God has designed our bodies for specific purposes.  Marriage is the fulfillment of the plan God designed for both the man and woman.  No homosexual couple will be able to fully satisfy themselves in the way God intended emotionally, socially, or sexually.  If a certain group of people argued that they wanted to turn their ears into their mouths and underwent surgeries to cause the ear to function as a mouth – would we embrace that as “the new normal” if it caught on in our society?  In cases like homosexual marriage, we must remember that numerical percentages don’t validate the claim to rewrite thousands of years of history and change definitions.  If enough people wanted to get together and claim that George Washington was not the first president of the United States of America it still would not validate their agenda.  Our culture must learn to hear the answer “no” given in cases such as this hot topic issue.

Homosexual Marriage Is a Gateway Decision

Often you will hear testimonies of drug users who speak of their abusive habits.  In their testimonies, it’s a common thing to hear them refer to a “gateway” drug.  For some, it’s alcohol and others it’s marijuana.  However, in the end they give testimony of how they ended up in the gutters of life using needles to pump poisonous and harmful substances into their bodies to experience the next high.  In similar ways, homosexual marriage is guaranteed to serve as a gateway decision into much more complicated scenarios.  When denied the “right” to marriage, expect to hear the word “discrimination” used to describe their rejection in our advanced culture.

What will our culture think of 40 year old men who want to marry 11 year old girls?  Should they be allowed to embrace their desires for one another?  Is it wrong for us to deny the fact that they “love” one another?  What about the widowed woman who suddenly decides that she wants to be married to her pet German Shepherd?  Is it wrong to deny her “right” of marriage?  What do we do with the man who wants to be married to his seven girlfriends?  Should he be dismissed and rejected in his attempt to fulfill his “love” for his women?  What do we do for the man and wife who want to get married but it’s determined that they are brother and sister?  Is it wrong to deny their privilege and freedom to become husband and wife?  What about the transgender woman (who was born a man) but desires to marry a woman?  What decision is to be made in this case?

Final Observations

In the end of the story of Sodom, we find the judgment of God upon their city.  It was extremely severe and a judgment that wiped Sodom off of the map forever.  The English Baptist preacher, Charles Spurgeon, once remarked, “Concerning homosexuality: This once brought hell out of heaven on Sodom.”  The harsh judgment of God upon Sodom is a clear testimony of what God thinks of homosexuality.

This is not about rights

Gregory Koukl, in his article, Equal Rights for Homosexuals said:

“Friends, homosexuals have every right any other American has. I don’t have the right to live anywhere I want. I don’t have the right to be employed by anyone I want. I don’t have the right to marry anyone I want. There are laws and rules and moral restrictions that govern all of those things. This is not about rights, ladies and gentlemen. This is about approval. This is about a small group of people working to force the majority to approve of behavior that the rank and file believes is morally objectionable.”

We all have rights and those rights have limitations.  We accept those limitations willingly.  We must not reshape our culture and redefine marriage because a group of people want to use the word discrimination.  If the Supreme Court would like to consider the rights of a group of discriminated people in America, take a good look at the population of aborted babies.

This IS about love

The word love has long been abused.  We must think clearly about what we mean when we use it.  If I say that I love my wife I obviously mean something different than when I use the word regarding chocolate or the dog.  Just because I love my dog (which is often questionable), I shouldn’t be able to marry the dog – right?  Thabiti Anyabwile writes, “The strong emotional pull of lust and the affections shared between persons in a homosexual relationship – whatever those affections may be called – cannot properly be called “love.” After all, love “does not rejoice at wrongdoing” (1 Cor. 13:6) and homosexuality is wrongdoing.”1

For the love of America and a natural society, the Supreme Court should pitch their tent toward Sodom and consider the massive confusion, problem, and destruction that open homosexual relations had on their city.  For the love of homosexuals and other citizens in America, restrictions should be upheld and clear boundaries should be set.  It would be healthy for America to hear the word “no” used in public to deny privileges.  That would be the loving thing for the Supreme Court to decide.

Furthermore, on a completely different level, this is a wonderful time for Christians to show true love to the homosexual community.  Rather than being homophobic and demonstrating an attitude of sinful slander and rejection of homosexuals, it is time for the evangelical church to show love and compassion to the homosexual community.  That doesn’t mean embracing homosexuals into membership or reinventing what it means to be a child of God.  But rather than just hosting drug rehab programs, we should specifically target homosexuals with a desire to show then what true love is in Jesus Christ.  True love is one that is willing to be honest.  The evangelical church, in a non-homophobic manner, should be bluntly honest.  In a sermon titled, Discerning the Will of God Concerning Homosexuality and Marriage John Piper said these words:

“We will continue to say what the world, by and large, will not believe, namely, that it is possible to describe homosexual behavior as sinful, perverse, abnormal, and destructive to persons and culture while at the same time being willing to lay down our lives in love for homosexual persons. In fact, we say something even more radical and unbelievable to the world, namely, that youmust believe homosexual behavior is sin and harmful in order to love homosexual persons. Because God tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:6, “[Love] does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.” If you deny the truth that homosexual behavior is sin, but instead approve of it or rejoice in it, what you bring to the homosexual person will not be love – no matter how affirming, kind, or tolerant. Our aim is the biblical combination of conviction in God’s truth and compassion for God’s creation.”

May the Lord cause the Supreme Court to think rightly and act with great wisdom in the issue of homosexual marriage.  Their decisions will have lasting impact on our culture, on our families, on our children, and on America as a whole.

Pastor Josh Buice

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Sources:

1.  Thabiti M. Anyabwile, “Lust and Chastity,” Tabletalk, May 2008, p. 10-11