I know much ink has been spilled over the issue of evangelicalism and our nation’s institutionalization of same-sex marriage, but I just can’t help but add to all the discussion. While I understand some of evangelicalisms best have contributed (John MacArthur, Al Mohler, John Piper, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and much more), I would like to speak from the perspective God has placed me–a pastor of a small local church.
The edifice that hosts the Supreme Court of the United States is beautiful. It’s physical features are demonstrations of the justice it is supposed to represent. Many people have placed their hope on what happens inside this building to secure their peace and safety and their basic rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But for Christians our hope is not in flawed humanity, but in the Supreme One Himself, Jesus Christ.
Biblically, I think it is important for saints in local churches to remember that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has not been primarily tasked with upholding God’s truth; that particular role has been entrusted to the church. Paul said in 1 Timothy 2:14-15,
I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long; but in case i am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself int he household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.
God has placed upon the church the role of being the world’s “pillar and support of the truth.” All participants of the church are called to play a role in this responsibility. Whether that be from the faithful teaching of the church elders to the servant discipleship of a mother-to-child the church is to be a place where the truth is held up high for all to see.
In one sense, it does not surprise me that our culture and our world has embraced homosexual practice. Sinners have loved to sin since Genesis 3 and that includes sexual sin. Whether it be Sodom and Gomorrah, Israel’s pagan influence in the land, or Paul writing to Roman Christians the Bible has always recognized the presence of homosexual practice.
The issue that must concern saints is not the world’s acceptance of homosexual practice, but we must be concerned about those professing believers who are promoting homosexual practice as acceptable Christian behavior. There are a hosts of “ministries” and “Christian leaders” who claim that open and unrepentant homosexual behavior is acceptable within the Christian faith. We should pray for such professing believers and be grieved that such an idea would be within the church.
Through the power of the Gospel saints are given the grace of God to live out the truth in a society that hates truth, “For the grace of God has appeared, brining salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age” (Titus 2:11-12).