We continue here with some further thoughts and truths concerning what is called same sex marriage. Homosexuals and those who are sympathetic to their position see the homosexual lifestyle as an acceptable way of life. They are militant in their efforts to force everyone else to see it in the same way or at a minimum to have to acknowledge legally that it is an appropriate lifestyle. However, there is a fundamental flaw in the homosexual relationship and it is called sin. God did not create men to be with men or women to be with women. Anatomically, emotionally, and relationally, men and women were created to complement one another in a life-long marriage relationship. It is a perversion of God’s created and ordered design to engage in same sex unions. Homosexuality is not an issue of equal rights, it is an issue of sin. A man or women who chooses to sin by way of homosexuality certainly has the freedom in this country to do so, but they do not have the right to force the rest of society to acknowledge their sinful lifestyle as equal with God’s ordained way of life. A homosexual relationship between two men or two women is most certainly not the same as the relationship I have with my wife of over thirty years.
Let’s consider for a moment God’s opinion concerning homosexuality. After all, it is God’s opinion that will count most when life is over. God said in Leviticus 18.22, “Thou shall not lie with mankind, as with womenkind: it is abomination.” This is an explicit command against homosexuality. The word “abomination” comes from a Hebrew word that means wickedness in an ethical sense. A couple of chapters over from this verse God said, “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Under the Mosaic law, homosexuality was punishable by death. Today we are under grace and God gives space for a person to repent of their sin and be saved by faith in Jesus Christ. However, God’s condemnation of the sin of homosexuality has never changed.
God demonstrated His displeasure with the sin of homosexuality when He judged a couple of cities that were completely given over to the sin. We are told in Genesis 13.13, “But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly.” If you read Genesis 19 you will discover that their wickedness was homosexuality. We are told in Genesis 19.24, “Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven.” The men of Sodom and Gomorrah knew better, yet chose to rebel against God and eventually suffered God’s just judgment for their sin.
Two thoughts for us today would be appropriate here. First, God loves every human being on the planet, including those who commit the sin of homosexuality. Jesus came to this earth, took on human flesh, and died on the cross of Calvary to pay the penalty for our sin. The Bible says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10.13). No matter what we have done in this life, no matter what sin we have committed (and all have sinned), God will forgive and pardon us if we repent of our sin and ask Him to forgive us by faith in Jesus Christ. God told the prophet Ezekiel, “For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD, wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye” (Ezekiel 18.32). God takes no pleasure in judging the wicked. He hates our sin, but He loves the sinner.
Secondly, make no mistake about it, there is a judgment day coming when every human being who has ever lived will stand before God. The writer to the Hebrews said, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9.27). Homosexuality is a sin and falls into the same category as any other form of rebellion against God. Our society is moving in a dangerous direction. We are becoming more and more desensitized to the seriousness of sin. God’s moral law is as applicable today as it was when He gave it. Same sex marriage is a sin and our nation invites God’s judgment when we condone what He has condemned. Next time we will discuss the rebellion aspect of homosexuality.