It has been a while since I have blogged, but I figured I needed to jump in and comment on our national media scene because of all the clamor going on. As most Americans are aware, the Supreme Court is currently hearing cases involving homosexuality and the equal rights of homosexuals to marry under the Constitution. The state of California voted to adopt Proposition 8, an amendment that only recognizes Biblical marriage (between a man and a woman.) The Californians spoke clearly. They are in favor of Biblical marriage! Yet, the minority who lost at the polls has taken the fight to the courts in order to force their views on the majority.
Let me first say that God, nor I, hate homosexuals. Just the opposite! Homosexuals are priceless in the sight of God because he sent Jesus to the cross for their sins. In the Bible (1 Corinthians 6:9), Paul makes the bold statement that homosexuals will not enter the Kingdom of God, yet in verse 11, Paul shows that there is hope! Some of those in the Corinthian church were, at one time, homosexuals, but came to accept Jesus’ substitution for their sin through his death, burial, and resurrection according to the Scriptures. By stating, “And such were some of you,” Paul shows that homosexuality is not genetic, but rather a sin choice that can be overcome by the power of the gospel.
In a recent conversation with Megan Kelly, Fox host Bill O’Reilly made the following statement. “The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals: … ‘We’re Americans. We just want to be treated like everybody else.’ That’s a compelling argument. And to deny that, you’ve got to have a very strong argument on the other side. And the other side hasn’t been able to do anything but thump the Bible.”
The next day, conservative talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, jumped onto O’Reilly’s comment and criticized the statement. Mark Levin decided to join the fray along with Steve Deace and Laura Ingraham. The right wing is media is now up in arms over the comment, and cannot agree with what each other said or meant.
O’Reilly is known for his bold comments intended to stir up controversy so he can make his point, but it isn’t very often that so much infighting takes place in the GOP. I should clarify that I am a registered Independent, Conservative Christian. I practice my rights in the state of NH to vote for the person who best represents my Biblical views. So I am not a GOP Thumper or diehard Republican. I vote my conscience according to the Bible.
To be fair, I think I understand O’Reilly’s point. It is his conviction, as a devout Catholic, that the Bible is not enough to argue for traditional, biblical marriage between a man and a woman. He wants to approach gay marriage in a different way, without using the Bible as an authority. Apparently, those who do are “Bible Thumpers.”
If believing and living life in a manner that shows the Bible is my authority for all faith, morality, and religious practice means I am a Bible Thumper, then yup, I am a Bible Thumper. Here is what Mr. O’Reilly does not understand. Without the Bible, there is no logical, moral, or acceptable argument against homosexuality. While not all of our founding fathers were Christians and the Constitution is not inherently a Christian document, the moral superstructure of the USA was founded upon Biblical morality. Without it, there would be no USA. There is no stronger argument against homosexuality than a biblical argument. Traditional marriage was not invented or discovered one day in history. It began at Creation when God made Adam and Eve on the sixth day. All throughout history, traditional marriage is tradition because it is what the Bible declares to be right, moral, and true. Take the Bible out of this discussion, and there is nothing to discuss. There is no logic or Republican viewpoint that can be used to defend traditional marriage. Since God is the moral, ethical standard bearer, to exclude his standard in the homosexual marriage debate is fruitless. Those who reject God cannot understand his view. Paul makes this clear in 1 Corinthians 2:14. “The natural person (that is man is his depraved state without salvation) does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” This verse is not a trump card to lift my knowledge above Mr. O’Reilly. It is a truth that we will fail when trying to persuade people of God’s standards when they do not accept God in the first place. In that matter, Mr. O’Reilly is right. We cannot debate homosexuality with people who are spiritually dead and expect them to accept the morality of the Bible.
So what is the answer? How do we, as Christians, combat movements and protests contrary to the Bible? Even if we were able to convince every homosexual to adopt a biblical viewpoint on marriage, the problem would not be solved. The trouble is that homosexual marriage and rights are actually fruit of a larger problem. At the root of the gay movement is a rejection of God’s authority. The only way to solve this issue nationwide is to cut out the root of the problem, man’s depraved heart. Paul makes this clear in 1 Corinthians 6:11. “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 our God.”
The answer lies in the truth of the holiday the Christian church just celebrated, Easter. Since Adam passed sin to all men, he also passed spiritual death onto all men. The greatest need of the homosexual is spiritual life. The payment for sin is death, but God gave his Son to die on the cross as man’s substitute for sin. Jesus rose from the grave, defeating death, and bringing eternal life for all those who accept his substitution by faith.
So no, I do not hate homosexuals. I disagree with their choice to sin. I value them to be worth the price God paid by crucifying Christ, priceless. We combat the moral, ethical degradation of our country by sowing the seed of the Gospel to every creature, not through political debate in the Supreme Court. As Christians, we have no right to complain about the moral state of our country unless we are willing to spread the Gospel of Peace that is the only solution to a sinful heart. God works the miraculous transformation from sinner to saint through the power of the gospel. It is the Holy Spirit who smites the hearts of sinful man upon hearing the Word of God. That is our only hope! Our attempts for debate, social justices, and rejection of immorality are all useless without the greatest message God has revealed, salvation through Jesus Christ alone. There is no need to hate, degrade, and trash homosexuals. Again, homosexuality is a the fruit on a sinful heart in need of the Savior. Love the homosexual by going to the root of the problem and sharing the price Jesus paid for the sins of the world. Can our country be turned around? By the grace of God it can, but it needs the message of salvation through Christ alone.
Hark, ten thousand harps and voices
Sound the note of praise above!
Jesus reigns, and Heav’n rejoices,
Jesus reigns, the God of love;
See, He sits on yonder throne;
Jesus rules the world alone.