MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF MY HEARTS BE ALWAYS ACCEPTABLE IN THY SIGHT OH LORD MY STRENGH AND MY REDEEMER
A Sinful Society Then and Now
"For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death." (Romans vi. V 20,21)
In St. Paul’s letter to the Romans he draws a distinction between the old life and the new. The old life was characterized by uncleanness and lawlessness. The world of the Roman Empire was an unclean world; it did not know the meaning of chastity. Justin Martyr also known as St. Justin was an early Christian apologist in Rome. He pointed out to his critics that in Rome unwanted children, especially girls, were left lying in the forum. Some of them were collected by dreadful characters that ran brothels, and the girls were brought up to be prostitutes to stock the brothels. He then points out to his crtics that, in their immorality, they had every chance of going to a city brothel, and unknowningly, having intercourse with their own child. This Roman world was lawless in the sense that people’s lusts were their only laws; and that lawlessness produced more lawlessness. That is in fact the law of sin. Sin creates even more sin. The first time we do a wrong thing, we may do it with hesitation, a tremor and a shudder. The second time we do it, it is easier; and, if we go on doing it, it becomes effortless and normal; it loses its terror. The first time we allow ourselves some indulgence, we may be satisfied with very little of it; but the time comes when we need more and more of it to produce the same thrill. Sin leads on to sin; lawlessness produces lawlessness. To start on a path of sin is to go on to more and more.
The Supreme Court of this country recently rule in favor of same sex marriage, which should more accurately be called same gender marriage. These same gender relationships are promoted by our society today as acceptable just like the Roman society promoted its life style as acceptable in the time of St. Justin. For Christians today same gender marriage is as problematic as the ancient Roman lifestyle.
The Christian Church and the Jewish Church before that held that marriage is a holy bond between a man and a woman. For our Christian Church it is one of the seven sacraments and has been for centuries. If the law makers of today’s society want to give the people what they are asking for, equal legal status under societies laws for same gender couples they should do so without infringing on the time honored sacraments of Christians. Call it what it is, a civil union, because it does not meet the established and accepted definition of marriage and it is not acceptable under God’s laws.
Sadly, if one should dare to speak up (even within some Christian churches) and say that same gender marriage is an unnatural deviation of God's design, they take a risk of being scornfully looked upon as unloving, unaccepting, and intolerant. There is a not-so-hidden agenda in the media and our society to normalize sexual perversion.
The very survival of our society and church leans heavily upon the family unit, where a basic truth must be clear - that men are fathers and women are mothers. Men and women are equal as humans but entirely unique as creatures. They are not only distinct genders sexually, but almost every aspect of their natures is different. Men should never try to be women, and women should never try to be men. These differences should be evident, maintained, and yes, even emphasized in everything from the way we walk and talk to the way we work and dress.
God tells us how He feels when gender lines are ignored. "The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man; neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God." Deuteronomy 22:5.
When distinct male and female roles are blurred, children are in danger of growing up confused about whether they are a boy or a girl or an it! Is it any wonder that homosexuality is now rampant in our society? Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the recent ESPY Awards show yet the Christian woman who refused to sell a cake for a same gender wedding was criticized by the national media. By this our society is saying you are courageous if you go through a sex change but you are wrong if you stand up for your Christian beliefs.
With the desire to reach the world with the message of salvation, some Christian leaders have tried to increase their influence in the world by adopting today’s social philosophy, such as same gender weddings and homosexual clergy. We should never substitute politically correct but Biblically inaccurate social philosophy as our guide in the place of God's Word. Christians who sweep aside plain statements of Scripture as outdated traditions or local customs are building on a fatal foundation of shifting sand. Soon every other Bible truth will be in danger of sliding away. They will soon say that the Lord's Supper, Baptism, and Holy Matrimony were all ancient traditions that no longer apply.
Blurring sexual distinctions undermines the family and normalizes homosexuality. The more we attack the unique biblical roles of men and women as sexist traditions, the more we promote unisex thinking, the more confused our children become about their own sexual identity, and eventually all of society erodes. A remarkable Christian woman and author named E. G. White once wrote: "The greatest want of the world is the want of men - men who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall."
Jesus said that before His return, conditions in the world at large would resemble conditions in Sodom. "Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed." Luke 17:28-30.
Remember, sin leads on to sin; lawlessness produces lawlessness. To start on a path of sin is to go on to more and more.
And now unto God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost be ascribed all might, majesty, power and dominion as is most justly due this day; world without end. AMEN