by Eric Burd
…if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Ps 11:3)
Two weeks ago the US Supreme Court re-visited its anti-constitutional role of legislating morality. By a slim majority they invented a requirement that all 50 states recognize “homosexual marriage” as marriage. The Supreme Court decided this, but God did not! Who wins this tug-of-war? God, of course. And while a ceremony between two people of the same gender may be a secular contract, it will never be marriage.
Marriage is a God-designed institution. He created the law for marriage just as He did the law for gravity. God alone can define marriage, which he did in Genesis 2:24-25: Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. So there is no misunderstanding, in the original language the word for wife is the same word as for woman. For marriage to be ratified in heaven, it has to be between a man and a woman. The Supreme Court cannot change this principle. If they can, they can prove it by outlawing gravity, which should then cause things to fall up. Not likely.
As in most cultures, homosexuality in the US has always been recognized as abnormal – even by homosexuals. But with the rise of Political Correctness (PC) and its mantra of “tolerance,” we are abandoning boundaries of morality that God has long established. Not only homosexuality, but a variety of other sexual perversions are being christened by Lady Tolerance as “completely normal” and are tragically being accepted as such, even in “Christian” circles.
But Christians are not “against” homosexual people. We do not loathe or fear them and we long for their welfare as much as anyone else’s. We do, however, fear God. We fear the proven consequences of unrestrained sin in a society. We aspire to persuade men to godliness and to promote values that preserve a nation. Yet, when we do, we are labeled hateful and intolerant while we stand by waiting for the same court that venerates the proclamation of decadence to ban the proclamation of righteousness.
We should know that the real target of all of this is not the perishing masses. The real target is the church. The devil can read the Bible, too, and he is working to crumble the foundations of holiness! “(I)f the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” The “foundation” is sound doctrine, the story of the risen Christ. This message is prone to producing godliness. And when THAT foundation is silenced, what CAN the righteous do? Can you see the devil smugly perched on the conductor’s stand, looking down over our culture? With his conductor’s baton in one hand he is joyfully arousing a forte of perverse clamor. With the other hand he is softly hushing the right to a complete fading out. This is his plan, to utterly blur the lines of godliness while propping up a false righteousness of tolerance and non-judgmentalism. It is a one-two punch! Satan is peer-pressuring the culture into decline, while strategically discrediting the voices that would forestall its complete collapse.
Now let us be clear, the problem is not the presence of sin. “Closet sins” will always be with us. The compulsion of men to hide their sin actually signals a healthy society. The fact that so-called Christians can come “out of the closet” in the midst of the church without being contested is a sign of a sick church.
We must see “tolerance” for what it is: the perversion of the divine attributes of mercy and compassion. Mercy and compassion are most glorified as they accompany the gospel of repentance. PC’s tolerance is opposite to these. It is, in practice, tacit permission for men to destroy themselves and the innocent around them. Tolerance normalizes sin and numbs both the sense of conviction and the need for repentance. It leaves men and women on a spiritual “Titanic” where they sink into a frightful destiny while believing they are sailing into safe harbor. Tolerance is designed to propagate rebellion against God. It is a fiery dart being shot into the heart of the Body of Christ – where a bulls-eye results in Satan’s agenda for mainstream Christianity.
But – be not dismayed. We win! But not by acquiescing to this bad symphony. Regardless of the rising clamor of amorality, our voices must never fade. This very score was rehearsed in the mind of God from the foundation of the world. He, too, is on a conductor’s stand…the Great Throne of Heaven. And He has purpose in all of this. It will all be to His glory! John 1:5 says of Jesus: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. That verse will never change. The Church’s One Foundation is Jesus Christ our Lord. Regardless of what society, Lady Tolerance, or the Supreme Court embrace, gay or straight – we know that the Foundation of Christ will always stand. Let us stand on that foundation, and proclaim it to the world!