Lately there seems to be a lot of acceptance of same sex marriage going around. First President Obama expressed his feelings on the issue, and most recently one of my favorite female Country singers has come out so to speak in favor of it too.
The President’s support of same sex marriage wasn’t really a huge surprise to me, nor was it the earth shattering news the media would have you believe it to be. The Country singer however was, it was because this singer has always claimed to be a Christian and has spoken of her faith many times which lead many of her fans to believe she shared their world view.
So how do we as Bible believing Christians respond to all of this? What do we do when it seems that most our family and friends, co-workers, our favorite so called “Christian” performers, and even our President state that they support something we know is against God’s will?
1 Peter 3:15 tells us-
“but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;”
As believing Christians when we talk about this issue we need to always point back to Jesus Christ. I’ve been saddened by some of the polls that have more evangelicals supporting gay marriage than ever before. The body of Christ should know better, it’s a shame they allow themselves to be caught up in political correctness or pressure from other influences, and just cave in on the issue.
God has defined marriage as being between one man and one woman, the reason for this is because it’s a picture of Christ and His church, His bride, His body of believers. In the marriage relationship the man plays the role of Jesus and the wife the role of the church.
Ephesians 5:23-24 reads –“For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.”
When believers try to explain their reasoning behind not supporting same-sex marriage the unbelievers try to use the Old Testament law against the believers as if it’s a slam dunk, as they confused the gospel and the law. This is when the believer needs to exercise some patience and explain that we’re not under the Law anymore, but under grace. We don’t stone homosexuals or disobedient children, and if we choose to we can eat shrimp!
Romans 6:14- “For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
I can’t tell you how many times I see unbelievers, and those so called “Christians” say that God is love as if he thinks everything we do is just so precious as we go about doing as we please that he just can’t help but pinch our cheeks and tell us how cute we are. Yes God loves, but no that’s not how God sees us, when we sin he sees us as sinners, as sinners who need to repent.
Of course when Christians bring up the words sin and repent we’re accused of being hatful and intolerant. They fail to understand the reasons behind why we preach repentance; we aren’t doing this because we hate those who choose a lifestyle outside of what God wants for them. We preach the gospel message because God loves them and because He loves them we love them as well.
Bible believing Christians will have to be more and more discerning as time goes on. We need to be that example to others who claim to be Christian yet choose to extend their support to things God says he hates. The other day a friend reminded me of something Jesus said in Matthew 7:14 – For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Christians are often told they’re “narrow minded”, and I think we need to be a little narrow minded when it comes to the things the world says is acceptable. When we choose to feast and indulge on all the world has to offer we’re being too open minded, and are missing the gospel.
We can be kind and loving, but we also have to stand for the gospel and not be ashamed of it. Christians who truly hold to the standards of God are fast becoming a minority. It’s not going to be easy for us to stand out from the crowd when other “Christians” and churches are departing from scripture so they can become more gay friendly.
They really think that by extending their assistance in the fight for same sex marriage they are “standing on the right side of history”. As a Christian I’m really not all that concerned about standing with history as I am with the gospel. I pray that Christians will have to courage to stand up for the gospel and for marriage as God intended it to be.
Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.