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Gay Marriage and a Line in the Sand

December 15, 2011

I debated whether or not I wanted to talk about this subject. It’s definitely a hot-button issue and I don’t want to cause any head-aches or heart-aches for anyone. I just think this topic, and others like it, needs to be explored a little deeper than whether it’s right or wrong. I doubt I’ll go the direction you think I am.

We hear a lot in the Christian community about drawing lines in the sand and standing up for things we believe in. No issue is more indicative of this than gay marriage. Proposition 8 in California is the bellwether for standing up against gay marriage. Proposition 8 was an amendment to the state constitution of California to declare that only marriage between a man and a woman was valid or recognized.

Can I just say that I think it’s a lot of positioning and grand-standing and really just a whole lot of nothing? What has proposition 8 accomplished? What has drawing that line in the sand accomplished?

I’m going to draw in the sand a line that is as deep a line that needs to be drawn. Are you ready?

Homosexuality is a sin.

The fact that homosexuality is a sin is very clear in the Bible. Is drawing lines in the sand regarding what the unsaved do really the job of the church? By agreeing that homosexuality is a sin you have drawn a line in the sand that is probably a lot deeper than you would like. When faced with someone who is homosexual, has insecurities, has a need to be loved, and has a need for a Savior, I think the fact that you believe what they do is sin will be enough of a line. No more is needed.

Proposition 8 or any other amendment or law has not accomplished anything.

Jesus did not spend His time publicly rebuking the lost. If He did rebuke someone publicly it was always the religious.

It is not the church’s job to keep people from sinning. In the case of homosexuality Romans says that God GAVE them over to it. Are we now going to put the mantle of God on ourselves and do what He doesn’t do and try to make people stop sinning?

Creating amendments to defend our beliefs does not make them any more sacred. Creating these same amendments will not cause anyone to sin less.

Even if we make it illegal to sin it will never change a single heart.

Standing up for “what is right” is not drawing a line in the sand. It is being decidedly combative. Some say that it’s to stem the tide of our cultures slide into immorality. You don’t stem the spread of cancer by putting a band-aid on a weeping sore.

The finger should not be pointed at gay activists and politicians. The finger should be pointed at the Church. The problem is not a sinful world. How can we expect anything different? They are being who they are and who all of us in the Christian community used to be.

The problem is the Church. The problem is dwelling on the sin and not the solution. The Bible says that salvation is not by works. It is by the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit alone. We are called to preach the Gospel and make disciples. That’s the great commission and not protesting the sin of the unsaved.

The Church has failed all those people we stand up against. We have failed them and add insult to injury by pointing at them as if they are the problem.

“But you gotta love the sinner and hate the sin, brother.”

Let’s stop dwelling on the hate part of that and dwell on the love part for a couple centuries. We don’t have to condone what is clearly sin in order to love the unlovable, give hope to the hopeless, and be strength for the weak. It’s those people who need Christ most that we are alienating and trying to push to the fringes of society. We’re supposed to eat with them like Jesus did and not protest them.

If the Church had done its job we wouldn’t be debating this. We have failed. Don’t blame them. We must stop wasting time drawing lines when we should be building bridges. “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14)

How will they listen if they are not loved first?

1 John 4:18-21
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also. (Emphasis mine)

The line was drawn when we first believed. And just like when we first believed, the change occurred from the inside out and not from the outside in.


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