Christians and the California Ruling

by Scott McCown
marriage.jpgThe following summarization is of an Associated Press article on California’s recent Supreme Court ruling that homosexual marriages be allowed./1 This summarization interprets the opinions of those that support such unions.
The court’s decision basically says there is no legally justifiable reason why California should withhold the right of marriage because of a couple’s sexual orientation. The opinion insinuates that domestic partnership laws established to provide many of the rights and benefits of matrimony are not enough.
This decision implies that previous generations of citizens were wrong about what makes a marriage. It suggests that people should now recognize that someone’s capacity to establish a loving and long-term relationship and their ability to responsibly care for and raise children does not depend upon their sexual orientation.
Proponents of homosexual marriage say this fight is about human dignity and human rights. The truth and fear is that what California does will impact the rest of the nation. The door is now wide open.
What is a Christian to do? If these statements represent the direction many in our nation are heading, what should our response be?
First, we need to remember what the wise inspired writer says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12; 16:25, ESV).
We can also agree with Jeremiah, “I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23).
No matter what man says, or what laws man changes or establishes, what God says is always right. If God says marriage is between a man and a woman, then that is what marriage is, no matter what man thinks. By the way, God does define marriage as being between a man and a woman (cf. Matthew 19:4-6).
Second, we need to teach our children and all future generations that homosexual behavior is sinful. Paul lists homosexuality, along with adultery, idolatry and sexual immorality, as activities that prevent one from being a saved child of God (cf. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
Remember what previous generations taught us: “Just because someone else is doing it, doesn’t make it right.”
Third, we must reach out to those who are caught up in any sin and teach them the good news that they can be forgiven and have an eternal home in heaven.
After listing a number of sins, including homosexuality, Paul tells the Corinthian Christians, “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).
There is hope for everyone. There is assurance for all who come to God through Jesus the Messiah. The efficacy of his blood will cleanse and make the repentant believer whole.
Finally, we can and must pray. Pray that Americans will not be fooled by the tactics of Satan. Pray that God will relieve people of the pain of this or any sin.
1/ Lisa Leff, “Gay Marriage Opponents Vow to Fight California Ruling,” Associated Press.
Scott has an MA in Ministry from Faulkner University and has ministered with the Parrish, Ala., church since 1999.

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