27 June 2013

Choosing Life

Before the prophet Moses died, he challenged the Israelites to “choose life.”  The recent ruling by the US Supreme Court on same-sex marriage is a good time for us pause and reflect on the fact that life is a journey, and two paths are set before us: one which leads to life and another which leads to death.  God admonishes us again and again throughout the Scriptures to “choose life.”

This court ruling is a step in the wrong direction.  First, it is a ruling of choosing death instead of choosing natural life.  Every person on planet earth owes his or her natural life to a man and a woman.  It still takes one female egg and one male sperm to create a baby; even when it is done by doctors in test tubes or fertility clinics.  It makes no difference whether it was your mother or a surrogate mother; every one of us has one mother; and it doesn’t matter whether or not you knew your father, all of us began our earthly journey when some man’s sperm fertilized some woman’s egg.  It is as simple as that.  It is a proven fact that female/female relationships and male/male relationships have never created life and never will.

Secondly, this was a decision which took another step toward the death of marriage.  Jesus said, “From the beginning of the creation God made them male and female.”  (Mark 10:6)  From the beginning of history, marriage has always been between and a man and a woman.  We see there are societies which promoted healthy heterosexual relationships which have continued for thousands of years.  However, there has never been a society in history which promoted homosexual relationships and survived; search history and you won’t find one.  There is the early example of Sodom which no longer exists, and of the Roman Empire which has long since vanished from the earth.  One of the things which distinguished these societies before their collapse was their bold promotion of homosexuality. The Bible warns us that relationships of this kind are “exchanging the natural use for what is against nature.”  (Romans 1:26)

Thirdly, it is a decision which moves us a little closer to the death of freedom of worship in America.  The homosexual agenda in the United States is to change the laws and culture of this country into a nation which openly embraces their lifestyle as the correct way to live.  In the same way that cake shops are being sued today if they refuse to bake a cake for a gay marriage, tomorrow it will be churches being sued and losing their tax-exempt status for refusing to perform homosexual marriages.  The next step will be pastors who will be forced to choose between spending time in jail or conforming to the political correctness of a country moving in the wrong direction.

I know there are those who will call me a foolish religious radical, but these words don’t come from hatred, they come from a broken heart.  I’ve no malice toward homosexuals—they are people just like all the rest of us who desperately need God—but I disagree with a lifestyle which is clearly contrary to what the Bible teaches.  I’ve been watching for a many years as the United States has turned its back on the Bible and the principles upon which this great land was founded.  It’s hard to watch a great land die but as a nation, we have been choosing death instead of life.  Please America, awake from your foolish spiritual slumber and return to God.  God is the God of life and there is no reason we can justify following the ways of death.  God offers us life if we will repent and turn from a path which leads to death.

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore, choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)