Now that all of the Facebook warriors have stopped fighting about the legalization of same-sex marriage, I believe it is an appropriate time to re-address this issue.
When same-sex marriage was legalized, our country erupted. Many people were celebrating this new law while others abhorred it. I want to make the case that this new law is not the disease that will destroy our country. When we look past the noise that is made by emotionally-charged people, we will see a deeper issue; an issue that is much scarier than same-sex marriage.
Same-sex marriage is nothing new. This is a problem that predates the existence of our country. The legalization of same-sex marriage only legalizes something that has already been practiced. As Christians, this new law does not affect us in a negative way. I once heard that Christianity never thrived with home field advantage. Throughout church history, it is evident that the church has grown most in times of trials and persecution. You may not agree that this new law will help the church grow, but regardless, what is the deeper issue?
The problem is found in Philippians 3:18-29. It says “For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.” The issue is not that we have passed a law which permits shameful acts, but that we glory in our shame. The deeper issue is we have lost sight of who God is! In doing so, we push God to the background as our desires come to the forefront.
Psalms 2:3 says “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” We believe God restricts us, and the only way to become free is through ourselves. The legalization of same-sex marriage is a law which reflects our desire to become free apart from God. This new law won’t destroy us; rather, our ignorance to God’s character will.
As time progresses, we assume God changes as we do. We think He conforms to our will. Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” Our country may change drastically as our laws become more reflective of our depravity, yet through it all, God never changes. He is the same as He was yesterday, as He is today, as He will be tomorrow. The truth of God is not dependent on our perception of Him. In other words, our perception of God has no bearing on His character.
Our Sunday school theology convinces us that God is a God of love, mercy and grace. This is true, but that is only part of God’s character. We don’t like to hear the entirety of who God is. God is a God of love, mercy, and grace, but He is also a God of wrath. Romans 2:5 says “But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.” You are accountable to God whether or not you are a Christian. In our world, we believe we are only accountable to ourselves. The absence of earthly accountability does not dismiss the fact that we have Heavenly accountability.
So what is the real issue? The issue is that we have become proud of our sin as we have forgotten the character of God. Our sin has become accepted and even gloried in as we have lost sight of who God is. It’s like jumping into a pool; you feel the cooling sensation over your body as you enter the water, but that sensation fades as your body becomes numb to the cold. In the same way, our souls become numb to God as we swim and glory in our sin.
The legalization of same-sex marriage does not present to us a new issue. It reveals to us an already present issue: we have lost sight of who God is.