Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage – Part One: Homosexuality
What were your thoughts when you heard about the Supreme Court decision? Happy, sad, disappointed, angry, relieved? Obviously, the news was met with a variety of emotions.
I have heard quite a few folks say they were shocked at the number of Christians expressing happiness on social media. That brings up the question: How should Christians feel about and respond to this decision? Since Christians profess to be guided by the Bible, let’s see what it has to say.
Is Homosexuality a sin?
Are some people born as homosexuals? Perhaps in the sense that we are all born with a sinful nature. I believe that same-sex attraction is a temptation for some just as opposite-sex attraction is for others.
Galatians 5: 16-18
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.…
Timothy includes homosexuality with a list of sins. Notice he does not place it as a greater or lesser sin than the others mentioned.
1 Timothy 1: 9-11
9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
I think we all find our place somewhere in those verses. Sins that we struggle with.
But to be clear, the Bible does include homosexuality as a sin among others.
Can there be Christian Homosexuals?
It is easy to dive right in with this question but let’s take a step back and consider the context in which this question is asked.
First, I think the question is usually asked to counter a claim of Christianity. In that context, a practicing homosexual replaces repentance with righteousness. It seems like a mockery of the Bible. That type of heart does seem to be available to the forgiveness of God.
However, in the context of a person struggling with same-sex lust, even to the point of acting on that temptation, but acknowledges the act is sinful and has inward regret, there is a heart that has some degree of openness to God. None of us can rightfully judge that heart. We all struggle with God and our sinful hearts. Forgiveness is available to all of us who trust Jesus.
Romans 3: 22-24
22 even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe; for there is no distinction; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;…
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So, yes those tempted by same-sex lust can be saved the same as those tempted by opposite-sex lust.
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
Ephesians 2: 8-9
>8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.…
As a fellow sinner, a homosexual can find salvation just as all of us can through Jesus.
How should Christians Respond to this Decision?
Start with knowing that nothing is a surprise to God. He has not lost control of the world. Remember that He appoints our leaders.
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.
Does this mean that we should agree with the decision and move on? Absolutely not.
Should we overthrow the government and start over? Absolutely not.
18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
Notice that Peter and John did not deny that they were under the authority of the government. Rather, they stated they were also under the authority of a greater power in God.
Well, how should we respond?
1 Timothy 2:1-2
1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.…
Pray. While it may feel like you are praying for your enemy, pray for our government leaders. Pray that some will have a road-to-Damascus experience. Pray that some will turn their hearts back to God. Pray that some will be courageous in their Christian beliefs.
Don’t let your emotions put your will before God’s will.
Don’t let this topic become a war of the wills, an opportunity to claim political or religious superiority.
2 Timothy 2:23-26
23 Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
Humble yourself and ask God for guidance.
5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
Pray for those caught in Satan’s snare.
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
We are to separate the sin from the sinner. Confront and not conform to the sin while loving, praying for, and reaching out to the sinner. That is a huge task when will feel like our beliefs are being challenged as we watch our children’s and grandchildren’s world to inherit become further deceived by Satan’s lies. The impact to our society is monumental and is a sign of our digression into godliness. Pray for this and future generations to turn back to God. Our fight is with Satan and our deliverer is Jesus.
Resources as you continue to pray for our country, our families, and fellow sinners.
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Do you agree or disagree? Is this what the Bible says? Have I taken the subject out of context? Is there more to the story? Share your opinion about what you have read.