I have to spend tomorrow undergoing some medical tests (probably nothing serious, but I’ll humor my Primary Care Physician), so I’ve decided to publish this essay a day early.
Please don’t misunderstand me as condoning same-sex marriage. Scripture teaches that marriage reflects the relationship between Christ and His Church (Ephesians 5:25-33), which necessitates a male-female union. Quite obviously, same-sex marriages cannot have the complementary roles of husband and wife. As a result, they lack the ability to model Christ and His Church. For that reason, as well as others, I cannot support any marriage that deviates from the covenant between one man and one woman.
That said, I fully expected the Supreme Court to once again increase ungodliness in America last summer by ruling that the Constitution guarantees the right of homosexual and lesbian couples to redefine marriage. To my disappointment, they did exactly that. And why would a nation that openly rejects Biblical Christianity do any different? After all, heterosexual couples also find plenty of ways to pervert the Biblical standard for marriage, especially as wives refuse to submit to their husbands. We can’t expect non-Christians to embrace Christian values.
Sadly, more and more people who call themselves Bible-believing Christians see no reason to oppose same-sex marriage. And as we witnessed Thursday night, the Republican Party ignores its official platform, openly cheering those who proudly proclaim their homosexuality.
Gay activists, however, aren’t satisfied. They already pressure Christian businesses to cater same-sex weddings by bringing ruinous lawsuits. California stands ready to penalize Christian colleges and universities that refuse to accommodate LGBTQ behavior. I’ve reason to believe pastors who refuse to officiate such weddings can expect serious persecution as well. And will bloggers pay for daring to voice objections? Let’s just say that I’ve taken measures to protect this blog from censorship as long as I possibly can.
Persecution won’t be pleasant, but it will separate true Christians from false converts. Same-sex marriage, of course, won’t be the only litmus test; many false converts base their “Christianity” on moral values and conservative politics. But the battle for gay rights, I believe, will spearhead persecution against those who choose worldly values over Christ and His Word.
The world’s antagonism toward those who stand on the authority of Scripture doesn’t surprise me. Jesus said pointedly that the world would not tolerate His people.
18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. ~~John 15:18-19 (ESV)
Same-sex marriage begins a process that I believe will purify Christ’s Church. Days are coming when people will find it dangerous to follow the Bible’s teaching–when a refusal to compromise God’s Word will have severe consequences. No matter who wins in November, America has made a choice that won’t be reversed.
As much as I dread the personal suffering those days will bring, however, I look forward to a clearer delineation between true Christians and mere professors. Evangelicals have already begun to monkey around with Scripture, claiming that its prohibitions against homosexual acts have nothing to do with the loving, committed same sex relationships we see in our generation. Such evangelicals prove themselves to be more aligned with worldly values than with the clear teachings of Scripture. Thus, as they embrace same sex marriage, transsexual rights and other sinful activities, they expose their true allegiance. Meanwhile, Bible-believing Christians will also be revealed as true Christians by their unwillingness to compromise the Word of God. I long to see Christ’s Bride purified for Him.