What makes a people great? This morning I was studying a timeline created by an internet based news article called “The Week” which was reposted on Yahoo.com (my primary source of world news and current events.) In the timeline and connected narrative, the creators examined the evolution of the same-sex marriage issue in the United States. According to their research as recently as 2004 states were actively passing legislation banning same-sex marriage in those states and yet today, just 9 years later a full two-thirds of Americans are in favor of gay marriage.
How does a nation change that much, that rapidly? What are the consequences of that change, and is there a societal evolution that fundamentally the church MUST oppose?
Throughout my ministry career, I believe if you ask my peers, they would describe me as a progressive. Most often I lean towards change, modernization, and cultural relevance in all that we as the church do. However, I have reached my breaking point. While I firmly believe the church has a propensity for clinging to the past and an aversion to embracing beneficial change, there are those societal shifts that we must stand in opposition to. There are philosophical positions that we can never embrace. Case in point, the issue of same-sex marriage and our media’s love affair with all things homosexual. Regardless of the political or societal current, the Bible is in no way ambiguous concerning the absolute reality that homosexual behavior is sin. Moreover the emphasis currently given to all things homosexual is completely out of balance with the reality in our nation.
In a recent (2011) Gallup pole Americans were asked what percentage of people in our nation were homosexual. Overwhelmingly the answer was one in five or at least twenty percent. The reality is that somewhere between two and four percent of people in our nation claim to be homosexual. And yet every reality television show has at least one overt homosexual and there seems to be a constant effort to mainstream this lifestyle. My question is why?
My belief is that ultimately, true Christianity will be seen as a damaging force in our nation and in order for that to become a reality, issues must become accepted which the church cannot accept. I believe that homosexuality and the debate that surrounds it will be one if not the issue that begins that process. What should we as Christians do? Take a stand! Now is not the time for complacency. Become engaged in the political, educational, judicial and economic cultures of our communities and nation. Run for office, contribute to campaigns and get involved. For too long we have allowed those with agendas contrary to the scriptures to lead our nation into what many believe is impending ruin. It’s not too late to make a difference.
I realize that I didn’t quote any scriptures or really do much disciple building in this issue but I feel strongly that we must reengage in the leadership of our nation. Without a change of course, I am afraid our nation literally will not survive.
Praying with you.