While I think this percieved gay revolution that is been brought about by the Supreme Court Justice decision will have an effect for a time, it will only be for a short time.
There have been, and always will be, only a certain amount of people that are born with a gay inclination. This SCOTUS decision will not change any of this. Eventually the “faddish” thing brought about by the acceptance of this governmental decision will die off. Yes, young people may experiment here and there, but their nature will win over. People are by nature heterosexual. This is the way God created them.
So many people are referring to this as a part of God’s national judgement spoken of in the first chapter of Roman. In Romans 1:18-27, it says that God will give people over to their hearts desire to do the things which are not proper (in this case, gay sexual fulfillment). But this “giving over” is judgment to the individual, not necessarily to the nation or society (maybe the the exception is Sodom and Gomorrah). And this goes for a multiplicity of other sins, including gossip:
This is why God delivered them over to degrading passions. For even their females exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 The males in the same way also left natural relations with females and were inflamed in their lust for one another. Males committed shameless acts with males and received in their own persons the appropriate penalty of their error.
28 And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong. 29 They are filled with all unrighteousness, evil, greed, and wickedness. They are full of envy, murder, quarrels, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, arrogant, proud, boastful,inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, and unmerciful. 32 Although they know full well God’s just sentence—that those who practice such things deserve to die—they not only do them, but even applaud others who practice them.
But, thankfully for us (and I think we forget this so often) the government is not the major line of defense with respect to our understanding of morality. The imago dei (“image of God”) within people is and will always be very strong. His image does much too keep people out of many moral ditches.
Same-sex sexual attraction is a terrible sinful plight and is a result of the fall. It represents some of the worse of sinful sexual depravity. But we always need to learn how to deal with this with grace and truth, keeping in mind the more serious sins that we may have in our heart (pride, greed, unforgiveness, etc).
Ultimately society will be self-regulating. I do not believe that anything that is going on in this culture is doing anything but exciting, for a time, people’s desire to experiment with this sin. But once all is said and done, most of those who suffer with this sexual sin will be back “in the closet” (which I am not so sure is good either).
Frankly (while we are at it), there really isn’t any such thing as homosexual sex. There are sexual “acts” between same-sex partners, but the ultimate redefining may not be with the word “marriage” but with the word “sex.” There is no lesbian sex or gay sex. Just erotic acts that they perform on one another. But it is biologically impossible for them to become “one flesh” in family or sexual intercourse.
Finally, if you are a believer in evolution, you know how the survival of the fittest is going to go here. No “sex” equals no procreation. No creation equals no society. This is why just about every civilization that, as a nation, in one way or another, finds a very natural way to self regulate this issue (do a quick study of nations that accept homosexuality as a norm).
I suppose the point is this: I wish we would quit worrying so much about what the government calls “marriage.” The government is and never has been the Webster’s dictionary of terms anyway (and, neither is Webster for that matter). What matters is how we respond with grace, mercy and truth the way God has responded to us with grace, mercy and truth. Just as he has done so with all of us through our own sexual prideful hateful lustful and an unforgiving nature.
The only answer for all of us is the cross of Jesus Christ.
Stay involved in the government, fight for what you believe, but don’t lose your poise though as our God in heaven is very calm and his knuckles are not getting any whiter.
C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo House Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger.
Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminar (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I’m a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. He can be contacted at [email protected]