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Enslaving Justice

‘By appealing to the lustful desires of human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves to depravity.’ (2 Peter 2:18, 19)

Enslaving Justice Photo by Chang-er‘Gay marriage’ advances in the USA promise justice but deliver oppression. To champion ‘gay selves’ and bind them together in a mockery of marriage diminishes humanity.

Real justice cannot be separated from what it means to be human, bearers of God’s image. To Him we are accountable as to how we live out the purpose of our gendered and sexual selves. These involve moral decisions as to how we form relationships and to whom we surrender our bodies. We either expand our humanity by staying true to His command or we contract our horizons and those with whom we partner.

‘Gay marriage’ represents such a contraction. Two members of the same gender cannot create a sexual whole. God cannot bless what He did not intend. Scripture, Church tradition and the most basic evaluation of human bodies attest to this truth: God created us to create life and that can only occur with the opposite gender.

My good friend and theologian John-Mark Miravalle makes this point beautifully (download his whole talk on this topic at the end of this blog): in order for a gender ‘gift’ to be authentic, it must be different from that of the receiver. Otherwise it is not a whole gift but rather a supplement, a ‘slice’ of what I already have. Same-gender gifts can empower or reinforce one’s own gender wholeness. But they cannot illuminate the contours and complementary gifts of God’s whole image. Nor can same-gender friendship create something altogether new. That belongs only to the realm of male and female.

Homosexual intimacy represents a sincere but misbegotten effort to achieve wholeness. These attempts result in brokenness: morally, spiritually, and often physically. Certainly gay unions are not the only expression of sexual brokenness. But they are one, and for the USA to enshrine these unions in ‘marriage’ is an expression of injustice and oppression that misleads her citizens.

Justice cannot be separated from the truth. Many Christians want to do just that: give gays ‘marriage’ and we shall keep our ‘holy’ version of it. That reveals a truncated and false morality, as if God’s truth only applied to the ‘saved.’ Truth is truth, and for Christian citizens of a democracy to sit lamely by as activists vaunt a skewed vision of humanity in ‘gay marriage’ is unjust.

Since the recent Supreme Court rulings, gay couples around the country have begun to plot to overturn ‘marriage as male and female’ laws in 30 states. Please pray with me for justice to be done. Hold the line with your state! Life, health and peace govern those who live according to the Creator’s will for their gendered and sexual selves. Let us set a precedent of true marital justice for generations-to-come.

‘But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of Your justice, of Your salvation all day long…I will come and proclaim Your might acts, O Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim Your justice, Yours alone. Since my youth, O God, You have taught me, and to this day I declare Your marvelous deeds. Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, until I declare Your power to the next generation, Your might to all who are to come.’ (PS 71: 14-18)

Download Jean-Mark’s entire talk on ‘An Argument against Gay Marriage’ here.

Hope and Grief

‘Brothers, we do not want you to grieve like the rest of men who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again…’ (1 Thess. 4: 13, 14b)

Hope and Grief Photo by Daniel CJ LeeThose committed to the transformation of persons with same-gender attraction suffered a double blow this month: the advance of ‘gay marriage’ via the Supreme Court ruling and Exodus’ dissolution. Mike Huckabee said it best by quoting John 11:35: ‘Jesus wept.’  Our first honest response is to weep with Him. Our beloved lead intercessor Ann Armstrong greeted me with tears upon hearing of the Court ruling. Words failed us: knowing how hard it is today to be true to Jesus in one’s struggle, plus knowing how disorienting ‘gay marriage’ is on kids reduced us to grief.

Concerning the Court ruling, we grieve over the miscarriage of real justice. In the words of the prophet: ‘Justice is driven back and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets and honesty cannot enter. Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey. The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice.’ (Is. 59: 14, 15)

Obama trumpeted the victory of ‘democracy’ in the Court ruling. The opposite is true: the Court struck down the will of the people who voted for real marriage in CA. The Court advocated instead for state leaders who refused to defend Prop. 8 then voided the good efforts of those who (in the absence of CA’s DA) defended Prop. 8 against the notoriously liberal District Court. (The District Judge who struck down Prop. 8 is a gay activist. No bias there.) Justice is driven back.

We weep for CA and her good efforts to uphold marriage in the face of such powerful, irrational opposition. She has lost her right to define marriage according to the will of her citizens. Gay-defined adults celebrate in the streets while children are stripped of another layer of moral protection. Why is the Court inclined to advocate for the sexual liberties of adults (abortion and ‘gay marriage’) and blind to the violence it visits on kids, the most vulnerable? Weep over the wickedness that disguises itself as ‘justice.’

Weep more for those wounded by Exodus’ demise. A paradox: in his desire to reach self-defined gays, Alan Chambers has betrayed the very ones God called him to serve as head of Exodus. As a former Exodus president who still stands with many faithful former Exodus leaders, I grieve for all strugglers who have been stumbled by her demise. Now, in the face of ‘gay marriage’ advances and an irrational, demonic favor upon all things ‘queer’, the saints have lost one clear expression of hope. I have heard reports from therapists and pastors alike of strugglers wondering why they should even try to be true to Jesus: ‘If Exodus cannot endure the heat, how can I?’ Weep and pray for scattered sheep.

We weep over these losses and their real impact of vulnerable people. But we do not grieve in vain. Our grief is shared by the Sovereign Lord Jesus who holds the future in His wounded hands and who asks us only to enfold our grief into His.

We mourn unto Mercy Himself, and become stronger in love! Let Him break our hearts in order to create more room to contain what is in His. Could He be using the rise of wickedness to refine a people who look to Him and Him alone? We do not grieve as those who have no hope. We look to Hope alone, ‘sorrowful yet always rejoicing’ (2 Cor. 6:10).

‘You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others who are asleep but let us be alert and self-controlled. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.’ (1 Thess. 5: 5-8)

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