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Why the Legalization of Gay Marriage Doesn’t Matter – A Christian Perspective

February 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Homosexuality is a sin. If you believe the Bible is actually true, than you believe that Homosexuality is a sin. I believe it is a sin.

When a state legalizes Gay Marriage, it is society’s stamp of approval on something God calls a sin. That is disturbing, without question. But is there a single Christian out there who didn’t already know that society at large completely embraces homosexuality? Regardless of the fact that our laws here in AZ forbid gay marriage, in general, homosexuality is embraced as a perfectly legitimate lifestyle. The legalization of marriage for gay couples does not change anything, it simply indicates what was already present in the psyche of the people.

Abortion is legal. It is legal to drink till you pass out (so long as you are doing it at home). It’s legal to cheat on your spouse, or to have sex before marriage. All of these things we also acknowledge as sin, and yet our laws are permissive of these, and many others.

Here’s my point. Christians have a sad tendency (especially around election time) to believe that the political process is the end-all, and the primary means by which God will transform the world – it isn’t. Many Christians seem to believe that if we can just get the right person into office (or out of office) then all our problems will be solved – they won’t. We believe that if we get the right laws passed, or the right ones overturned, then our country will be more “Christian” – this is foolishness.

I’m all for voting. I’m all for making my opinions and beliefs known through the ballot. But my faith is not in the ballot box, or in some law being passed or overturned, or in any person in political office.

The Gospel made its entrance into the world during a time of intense political oppression and persecution. Nothing about the government of that day was amenable to the Gospel. Yet the Gospel flourished, “And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women” (Acts 5: 14). The early disciples did not need the government on their side for the kingdom of God to advance. In fact, history has proven that the kingdom advances to a far greater degree under persecution than in times when Church and Government are on happier terms.

Many argue that the passage of laws such as those legalizing same-sex marriage, is an indication that our country is headed in the wrong direction. Again, does this actually come as a surprise to you? Such laws are simply indicators of a greater, deeper, more profound spiritual sickness. Changing a law does not change the ultimate spiritual condition of a nation. These laws are simply hydra-heads (pardon the obscure reference), which if defeated simply strengthen the resolve of those who demand them. The only hope for this nation is Jesus Christ – not Obama, not Ron Paul nor any other candidate.

Church, we need to recognize that the Gospel is ultimately for the individual, not the nation. If the nation is to be changed, it will happen because individuals are transformed by the miracle of being born-again, not by the passage of the perfect law or the election of the perfect president. Revelation 11:15 says, “…The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” We are ultimately looking forward to a day, not when our worldly governments are perfected, but when they are surrendered to the already perfect kingdom of Christ. Thus, our efforts in this world are best spent conforming ourselves to His perfect reign, not in trying desperately to fix an unfixable system.

//end rant

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