By David Cariaga
An article by Larry Tomczak entitled Is America destined to become like Sodom and Gomorrah? says, “observing the president of United State States kicking off the official celebration of ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Month,’ was introduced by two 9-year-old girls celebrating their lesbian mothers. Flanked by a smiling Vice President Biden, President Obama then called out individuals with gay backgrounds amid applause. Finally, he reaffirmed his commitment to same-sex marriage and gay initiatives in America. This coincides with his administration releasing directives so that individuals will be forced to affirm homosexuality in the federal government. Remaining silent will be seen as discrimination and put their jobs in jeopardy.”
The world today seems to be no different from the time of Sodom and Gomorrah. I saw and read in the newspaper, some people asking to be given recognition and they wanted to be treated like anyone else – “equally”. If they (Gays and Lesbians) are right and we who are against it are wrong, the world is either confused or has distorted God’s word by doing their own desire.
If we believe and respect God, why are man’s opinions heavier than the word of God?
By what standard do we seek to live and conduct our lives? Whose standard is it?
Who legislated its rules? By what authority is their standard established?
Notice what Leviticus 18:22 says, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination”; Leviticus 20:13: “If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their blood guiltiness is upon them.” And also “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes“ Proverbs 12:15.(NASB)
So now with these Biblical verses, why will we push our human opinion to justify homosexuality and say it is OKAY with God? We cannot deny the fact that this behavior is against God’s teaching – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” And Romans 1:26-27(New International Version-NIV) “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.”
If it is an abomination to God’s will even in the Old Testament, this act stands on par with prostitution, adultery, uncleanness, lying, murder, idolatry and any other sins against God. They charged those against their acts as “harsh” and “inhuman”, where they too deserved to be loved and respected. There is no question about that. I can love a person, and God without a doubt loves mankind more, but these acts (behavior/mentality) are what God hates. Meaning, God can love us so much but not our “unlawful acts.” Not all happiness of man is acceptable to God. Adultery, stealing and many others make people (who do this) happy. This is contrary to God’s teaching! This is what people need to know.
The scripture says, “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart“ Hebrews 4:12. Gays and Lesbians may get mad at those who speak against their practices, but the Lord’s teaching is their real enemy, and not us Christians merely reminding people to follow what God wants us to do. They get insulted. God has the authority to remind anyone. They think it is an intrusion to their life. God needs to get in to their lives to make them realize that they must change! Build a world with high Moral Standards. Build a world where God’s word is respected and obeyed.
Let’s allow God to rule us, not us people distorting His rule for us to follow!
David Cariaga is the pulpit minister at the Convoy Avenue Church of Christ, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.