This week I was in Minneapolis, MN on business. As I was walking through the city I suddenly found myself in the middle of the gay pride weekend…one of the largest gay pride celebrations in the country. There were thousands of folks celebrating the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage as well as the LGBT lifestyle in general.
The dress for many of the folks at the parade I can only describe as ridiculous. One man passed me wearing only bright colored gold short-shorts and rainbow colored wings. The language I encountered on the street by many of the gay pride participants was course and sexually suggestive. There was little consideration for others and the tone there can be summed up with this sentence. It’s all about me.
When I returned home I had the opportunity to attend the closing service for a group on the campus of TFC called Worldview Academy. Worldview Academy holds week-long camps all over the country and their Georgia camp is held at Toccoa Falls College. The camp consists of twenty-five hours of classroom training in Christian worldview as well as practical exercises to re-enforce the classroom training. This isn’t a “let’s have fun” camp. This is a Christian worldview academic training camp for high school students.
As I watched these students I couldn’t help but contrast what was happening at Worldview Academy to what I had just observed at the gay pride parade. These Worldview Academy students realized life isn’t just about them. Life isn’t about being the center of attention. Life is about following biblical mandates including the biblical mandate of serving others while telling them about biblical truth. These Worldview Academy students weren’t afraid to speak about the power of grace while also speaking biblical truth. Our conversations about biblical worldview need both of these components…grace and truth. One without the other produces an unbalanced perspective.
I was again reminded that here in Toccoa, Stephens County, the State of Georgia and throughout our entire country there are folks committed to living Christ-like lives. Don’t ever think you are alone in your service to God. There are millions of believers committed to living Godly life and telling others about biblical truth and grace. It’s time for all of us to take a committed stand for Christ and biblical truth. The world needs to hear about the power of a Christ filled life from you.
If you watch the news, you have certainly heard about businesses that are being forced by legal opinions to provide services to the gay community even though the business owners believe this is a violation of their religious liberty and their right to free speech. The news has covered the stories of the bakers in Colorado and Oregon who are being forced to bake wedding cakes for gay couples. Then recently we learned about the wedding chapel in Idaho that is being forced to perform same-sex marriages. All of these business owners believe what the Bible teaches…that marriage is between one man and one woman. Yet, the courts and government agencies are telling these folks they must violate their conscience when it comes to the issue of same-sex marriage.
Recently, another story has made the news. This involves Judge Tonya Parker from Dallas County, Texas. Judge Parker is refusing to marry heterosexual couples. That’s right…Christian bakers are being forced to bake cakes for same sex weddings, Christian wedding chapels are being forced to marry same-sex couples but nobody bats an eye when this judge refuses to marry heterosexual couples.
Here’s why Judge Parker says she is refusing to perform heterosexual marriages. She said this:
I use it as my opportunity to give them a lesson about marriage inequality in this state. So I usually will offer them something along the lines of ‘I’m sorry. I don’t perform marriage ceremonies because we are in a state that does not have marriage equality, and until it does, I am not going to partially apply the law to one group of people that doesn’t apply to another group of people.’ And it’s kind of oxymoronic for me to perform ceremonies that can’t be performed for me, so I’m not going to do it.
Sounds to me like a kid who gets mad and takes her ball and goes home pouting saying, If Texas doesn’t allow same-sex marriage than I won’t marry you heterosexuals.
It is also reported that Parker said she passes heterosexual marriage ceremonies on to other judges so they can do the marriages.
Now let’s think about this for a minute. If this is truly the case then we should permit the bakers and wedding chapel owners to simply refer same-sex couples to others who will provide the service, right? Well…unfortunately, no.
What you are seeing is the double standard Christians face today. The judge refuses to marry heterosexual couples but the business owners get fined or lose their business for taking the same position. We have a gay culture in America that screams for tolerance but quickly becomes intolerant with those that disagree with their position. For these folks tolerance is a one-way street.
We must not forget that religious liberty is a right for all of us…Christians too. This is abundantly clear by simply reading the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights. So Judge Parker, I could agree with you but only if it works both ways. Don’t tell me how to apply my Christian beliefs to my business and I won’t tell you what marriages to perform.
This week the Supreme Court ruled that same sex couples legally married in a state deserve the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. This ruling struck down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act known as DOMA. Several months ago Attorney General Eric Holder also said that the federal government would no longer defend DOMA.
As various worldviews push against the Biblically defined traditional marriage, we have opened a box of alternative life styles that are clearly not scriptural. I have often reminded folks to follow non-Christian worldviews to their obvious conclusions and this is a perfect example.
If we no longer rely on Biblical teachings to define marriage, then who decides the definition of marriage? The courts? The government? Popular opinion? I suppose anything goes and people can define marriage however they would choose. With no standard…no Truth…who is to say that bestiality or pedophilia should be outlawed? What about polygamy?
In fact, within twelve hours of the most recent Supreme Court ruling, Joe Darger, a Utah-based polygamist with three wives said this, We’re very happy with it (the decision of the Supreme Court). I think the court has taken a step in correcting some inequality, and that’s certainly something that’s going to trickle down and impact us.
Without following the absolute Truths provided in scripture, laws against these types of behaviors only remain as law until there is a strong enough cultural change to remove them. This is exactly what has happened with the homosexual agenda.
Currently thirty-seven states prohibit same-sex marriage. Since undoubtedly you will see this marriage definition argument move to the state level, I encourage you to call or write your senators and congressmen and tell them you support the Biblical definition of marriage between one man and one woman.
We are reminded in Hebrews that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Even if our culture changes, God’s Truth always remains as a foundation for Godly living.