Monday, December 25, 2006

Gay Marriage or Civil Union is That The Issue?

What follows is based on my opinion and my belief that the Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God. Should gays be allowed by law to marry or to join in a civil union? (Semantics?) Has this anything to do with civil rights? Are these the real issues? Gays can and do live together and they can legalize their relationship. It is as illegal to commit a crime or discriminate against a gay person as it is against a heterosexual. Should society legalize this relationship; approve and call it acceptable (right), teach our children it is acceptable (right), and call it intolerant and illegal when contrary opinions are expressed? Should the Bible be outlawed as a hate book because it speaks out against homosexuality? Legally, we can do whatever the laws of man allow us to do. Man cannot make enough laws to control all the possibilities and when he tries “experts” called lawyers can find loopholes and judges can reinterpret what was intended. Of greater importance is the standard by which man makes laws. Hitler made laws, Saddam Hussein made laws – just because something is legal is it therefore right? Does might make right? Each of us has been given the freedom to choose – not by the government but by the Creator, and with each choice we are responsible for the consequences, not only to ourselves but also to others. (“Am I my brother’s keeper?”). The real issue is not the right of gays to marry or civil liberties. The real issue is one of righteousness, values and morality. At one time our nation outlawed abortion and called it murder, discouraged divorce and made it difficult, outlawed sodomy and called it a crime; prostitution was a crime in Nevada, gambling was unconstitutional in New York and Civil Unions were unheard of in Vermont. Man’s laws have changed that.. Today we are to believe that truth is relative, freedom of choice is more important than responsibility and the meanings of words may be changed to justify our desires. There is no standard; each man (nation) does what is right in his own eyes (Judges 17:6; Proverbs 16:2). When the laws of man are contrary to the laws of God a choice has to be made by some (Acts 4:18-20). Sadly, I believe we are “weeping and will weep for what we are sowing”. It is not my job (thank God) to force people to believe as I do, or to “bash” anyone. However, as a follower of Jesus Christ, He is my Lord and Savior, I have a responsibility to proclaim the truth of the Gospel in love. I do not hate anyone. I have many gay friends, how they live is their choice. I believe that the greatest commandment is, to love God and to love my neighbor (Matthew 22:37-40). The Bible has some pretty intolerant statements in it. If you have a problem with what it says check with the author. There are a number of Bible verses that speak about homosexuality. Consider these Biblical responses to some arguments for the approval of homosexuality. (Ref. God made me gay; for me being gay is not unnatural. God made us male and female with the intention of people of the opposite gender relating to each other sexually. (Genesis 1:26,27 & 2:18-25). Our "natural" way of being is in direct contrast with God's plan for our lives (Romans 6:19-20, 7:5). It may feel natural and normal to be intimate with the same gender but that does not make it right. The Bible doesn't prohibit homosexual sex. The Bible specifically prohibits homosexual behavior in both the Old Testament (Leviticus 18:22 & 20:13) and the New Testament (1 Corinthians 6:9, Jude 7, 1 Timothy 1:10, 2 Peter 2:6-8). When Paul listed homosexuality as a sin in his letters he was just borrowing a "vice list" from the culture that he was in. Homosexuality is in this list because the culture of the time prohibited gay relationships, not because God sees it as a sin. In Romans 1:26-27, homosexual behavior (both male and female) is clearly pictured as a sin. This letter was written to the Romans who at least condoned, if not openly accepted, homosexuality; they had no cultural prohibition against gay relationships. In this verse, homosexuality is presented as a form of idolatry that Paul is admonishing the believers from engaging in. Finally, each of us makes his own choices – a gift from our Creator. Just because the Bible says something does not mean you have to do it. Many things are legal in the world that are contrary to the teachings of the Bible. However, we may want to consider our choices in light of the three great truths: (1) the longer you live the older you get; (2) if you live long enough you will not get out of this alive; and (3) the death rate among humans regardless of race, nationality, color, sex sexual orientation, religion, education, wealth, etc. is 100%."For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”. (John 3:16-18) Consider the ministry given to Ezekiel (Ezekiel 3:16-21). What if the Bible is true? Now you have heard it you are responsible! The choice is yours.