Thursday, December 6, 2012

Crossing the Rubicon

Today marks is a historic day for the state of Washington. As of  12:01 a.m., gay and lesbian couples were lining up by the hundreds applying for marriage licenses. Marriages will be performed beginning Sunday. In addition, any person regardless of sexual orientation may also legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana. A mob of people were videotaped smoking joinst in front of the Space Needle. These new laws were passed by a majority of the voters in the November 2012 election.

The advertising prior to the election showed Christian pastors affirming the right of gay and lesbian couples to marry because God is a God of love and we are not to judge who can be in a loving marriage relationship. The impression was that God sanctioned same-sex unions and that anyone saying differently was out of step with the times.  The advertising pulled at the emotional heartstrings and people voted accordingly.

What you didn't see was a concerted advertising  effort by Bible-believing churches to speak God's truth regarding the fidelity of marriage between a man and a woman as God ordained in Genesis 1:23 and affirmed by Jesus in Matthew 19:4-5.

The Hebrew prophet Isaiah writing about 700 years before Christ, said the following under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to them who are wise in their own eyes And prudent in their own sight!" (Isaiah 5:20-21 NKJV)
The apostle Paul writing in Romans chapter 1 spoke of the same thing beginning in verse 18 and continuing through verse 32.
Paul said people who practiced sexual immorality, drunkenness and anything that was unrighteous behavior according to God's standard were "fools", even though the practitioners believed they were wise and learned.  We are taught that we each have free will can make whatever choices we desire. God allows us to do things His way or our way. Our choice. However, there are consequences and just because we believe something is right or society says a certain behavior is acceptable doesn't make it so. And just because a person doesn't specifically practice a given sin, approving the behavior-- such as gay marriage at the ballot box--  that person is just as culpable.
There is a difference between someone being a homosexual and someone practicing the sin of homosexuality. It is no different than an alcoholic who desires a drink. One would be too many and 99 would nbot be enough. Each person has a decision to make on how he  or she will conduct his/her life.
Paul writes in Romans 1:32:
"Those who practice such things are worthy of (spiritual) death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them." (NKJV)

God's written word is the standard by which we know and understand God's ways.
There is judgment coming upon this country as we see more and more unrighteous laws passed in the name of "fairness" or socially acceptable behavior. Jesus promised as it was in the days of Noah before the flood-- God's judgment-- so it would be in the days before His return to earth a second time. We are getting much closer.
In passing these two laws, the state of Washington has officially passed the Rubicon and there is no turning back. Wrong has become right and accepted while righteousness has become vilified and considered wrong.
Where have you been, church?
In this Advent season, the church needs to hear the words of Isaiah spoken by John the Baptist.
"The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight." (Isaiah 40:3 NKJV)
God have mercy on this state and on this country.