By Richard Haas
Don't Be Surprised ....
It was no surprise and should not be a shock to anyone who has been following the announcement of late to discover that Minnesota passed a bill allowing the equalization of marriage for homosexuals. As Christians, we cannot be nor should not be shocked that homosexuality is spreading like the plagued that it is. Yes, it is a plagued, one of sin. In the course of history, it has been proven that any civilization that allows the behavior of Homosexuality as a standard of living has perished shortly there after. Just as, any other sin has spread its way in the world, homosexuality is spreading it’s plagued of sin in the very fabric of society. As I stated early, Christians should not be surprised by this at all, this is what happens when a nation turns from God. In the simplest terms, the Godless world is doing what we expect a Godless World to do. Those who are practicing or supporting the sin of Homosexuality are doing what God is allowing them to act as stated in the book of Romans in chapter 1 verse 26 thru 27 when it is written:
“26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 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.”
How Should Christians Respond?
Before answering this question, we must remember a couple of things. God is Sovereign, God is Sovereign, and God is Sovereign. The reason for over stating this abundantly obvious point is simple, this will affect how we answer the question of; How Should Christians Respond?
By knowing and believe that God is Sovereign over all things including the growth of homosexuality. We then have a freedom in Christ that other Christians who subscribe to a more Arminian theological approach to the issue will not have not. This will also change the exact answer of how we as Christians respond to Homosexuality. Now, I am not saying here that those who hold to an Arminian theological perspective are not Christians or any less of a Christian than those who hold to a more Reformed view of Scripture. In other words, when you have a complete understanding of the Sovereignty of God this allows you to be able to honor God with complete boldness to Him with the preaching of His Word and Gospel that saves.
What is this freedom that I keep mentioning? This freedom that I am talking about is the ability to preach the whole counsel of the Word of God and follow the Great Commission as found in Matthew 28:16-20. Fully knowing that it is God who chooses to do what He will with our preaching, not us. We are also given the privilege of understanding that it is not entirely up to us to prevent the spread of Homosexuality in the world that it is not dependent on us, but on Christ and the Will of God. God is not shocked by what is happening with the spread of this vile sin. When we realize these facts we can respond to the sin of Homosexuality different than those Christians believing that it is up to us to stop this sin. We can instead focus on the preaching of the Gospel and the acting out of biblical love towards those in sin by speaking the truth of the Word of God in all matters.
So it in the simplest terms of How a Christian Should Respond to the spreading of Homosexuality, it’s simple; Preach the whole counsel of the Word of God and follow the Great Commission. Do both in love and patience as stated in 1 Corinthians 16:14 knowing that the unregenerate world is doing what it does best … SIN (Romans 3:10-12). We must not lose focus on the fact that God is Sovereign, God is Sovereign, and God is Sovereign in ALL matters including in the expansion of Homosexuality. He will use this to glorify Himself, so let’s make sure we glorify Him by doing the same.
When Homosexuality comes knocking at your state's door don't be afraid of it, don't run from it. Confront it head on with the Word of God and the Gospel. Pray for your leaders that they stand for the truth of God's Word. Remember even if your state passes same-sex rights for marriage God is still on His throne and His will is always achieved. We as true followers of Christ will not let those who want to change or redefine laws based upon a behavior stop the preaching and spread of the Great Commission. God is Sovereign, God is Sovereign, and God is Sovereign.....