What God has Joined Together
Saturday, August 7, 2010

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the Kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves s nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God.”  (1 Cor. 6:9)                 Last week, a United States District Court ruled that to deprive homosexuals the right to get married was unconstitutional.  Now since this decision reversed the will of the California people, there are multitudes of political implications to the decision.  However, politics is for politicians to figure out.  Our business is all about the Kingdom of God.  So with Paul’s repeated warnings about homosexuals not inheriting the Kingdom of God, this does become a real Kingdom issue and thus I feel it is necessary for me to weigh in.                Before beginning the reasons why I feel we Christians must stand firm against the sin of homosexuality, let me make a counter point.  Paul said that homosexuals would not inherit the Kingdom of God.  And since the Lord’s final challenge to us was to be witnesses and make disciples, that means we must do everything possible to reverse their attitude.  We cannot do that by demonstrating hate.  We can only achieve it by demonstrating love.  Christ said He came to save the lost and as imitators of Him we should do no less.  That being said, homosexual behavior is morally wrong, against the commands of God, and we should never accept as right what God calls wrong (and that also includes a whole host of other sins: see above passage).  So how are we to view the issue of homosexual behavior and homosexual marriage?                First of all, Jesus said clearly, “Haven’t you read, that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his mother and father and be united to his wife and the two will become one flesh?’  So they are no longer two, but one.  Therefore, what God has joined together, let man not separate” (emphasis mine).  This point has four things which must be addressed.  First of all, Jesus is addressing the issue of divorce.  It is clearly a fracture of God’s will as much as any individual or cultural sin.  This has been from the beginning (Gen. 2:24).  So if we want to get “phobic” about something, we can start there.  Secondly, Jesus is addressing the mission of marriage – two becoming one.  Modern marriage avoids this emphasis like the plague.  The cry is, “It’s all about me!”  “I don’t love (him or her) anymore.”  “(He or she) doesn’t meet my needs.”  This kind of selfishness destines the destruction of marriage before it ever begins.  But the two most important issues concerning our thesis for today are: one – God’s created order is male and female.  He created marriage around that created order.  When two homosexuals join in union, it is something but it is not a marriage.  Marriage is God’s idea not the Supreme Court’s.  No matter what any liberal judge says; no matter what an ill informed electorate may vote on; no matter what an immoral media may push marriage was created by God to give joy, protection, and spiritual health to the union between a male and female.  Secondly, and essential for us to understand:  Jesus said, “What God has joined together (God’s created order), let not man separate.”  Clearly, homosexual union is a sin, but for us to sit idly by and allow God’s created order to be abused, we become complicit in the sin itself.  What God has ordained, we must protect.                The second thing we are to understand in this argument is the issue of identification.  You see,  culture is trying to get us to remove our identification as children of God.  They do not want us to define ourselves in relationship to God.   So, if our self identity does not come from our God identity, what is left?  The homosexual, pornography, explicit sex pundits will tell you, “We need to be defined by our sexuality.”  Sadly, we get swayed by this argument more than any other.  We hear the words, “I am a homosexual.”  They are saying, “I am defined in my humanity by my sexual orientation.”  And when we go down that road, we lose our most important identity.  “I am a child of God, created for His good purpose, and thus must live for His glory.”  How sadly we have twisted our desire for sexual fulfillment.                Third, the argument of the genetics of homosexuality is a “red herring,” designed by God’s enemy to get our minds off the reality of the issue.  Up until the 1970’s the American Psychiatric Association defined homosexuality as a perversion.  It was not research, but politics which changed the prognosis.  In fact the man who did the research which said that homosexuality was genetic admitted that the research was faulty.  However, let’s cede that for a moment.  Let’s just say that homosexuality is genetic.  Does that make it right?  Of course not.  That would make multiple sexual partners right since genetically we have a genetic bent for promiscuity.  That would make polygamy, child molestation, beasitality and a whole host of other sexual perversions right.  In other words the argument on grounds of genetics is merely the argument “if it feels good do it.”  And God will have none of that.  God said “NO!”                In closing, let me restate what I said at the beginning.  Paul said homosexual offenders would not inherit the Kingdom of God.  That has to mean that our response to those homosexuals who have bought into the lies of the world is that they are living outside the Kingdom of God.  That means we must love them eternally.  I would say that anyone who lives outside the Kingdom of God should be the targets, not of our wrath, but of our commitment to love.  For if we truly love people (God’s image bearers) we will love them enough to want to share His Kingdom with them.  Part of that must be to create an environment of love and grace in which they can enter and see the real Jesus.  And in creating that environment, we cannot allow our minds to think that what God says is wrong is right.  And that goes for slander, gossip, sexual impurity, and thievery as well.

 


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