Since the President’s endorsement of same sex marriage in May, we’ve been under a barrage of attack from all news and media outlets with homosexual related headlines. In secular and Christian media alike, not only are we seeing headlines regarding SSM marriage, but also every angle of every issue involving homosexuals is being documented and debated.
Based on the amount of attention being paid to the debate, it would appear that right now SSM is the most important issue in politics, religion, and the upcoming Presidential election. That’s a trap the Christian Church needs to avoid falling into.
First, let’s define our primary purpose as Christians. It is not to try and put a stop to sin. That is a battle Christians cannot win, nor should we try to. Christ was not sent to create a perfect world. He was sent to us as a sacrifice, that we may repent for our sins and be forgiven. He did that for us because we serve a loving and merciful God, and the lone authority justified to weigh our sins. As sinners all, it is not our place to point fingers at other sinners, and preach how to live by the law and say, “don’t do this and don’t do that.” That’s what the Pharisees did.
According to James 4:12 (NKJV), “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?”
As believers, we come to the Lord with faith and love. Once saved, we are renewed in Spirit, in His time and for His purpose. As we grow and draw closer to God, He deals with each of us on our own sins and cleanses us. Our purpose as Christian is to do as Paul said and spread the Good News. We seek out the lost and share the joy of the Lord and His salvation, the same way we were called, with faith and love. If those lost come with an open heart and seek truth, the Lord is the potter that will form the clay to His vessel (Romans 9:21).
Next, let’s look at homosexuality for what it is. Although some Christians and religious leaders have come out in defense of homosexuality, the bible is clear that it is a sin in the eyes of God. However, homosexuality is just one of a multitude of sins, sexual or otherwise, that can keep us from the Kingdom (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Homosexuality is not the most rampant sexual sin in our society or the church today. We cannot spend so much of our efforts condemning one sin, while so little time unconcerned with the rest. In today’s wired world, we’re blasted daily with images and messages of all sorts of sexual immorality through the internet, television, movies and countless other ways. How many of us, including those sitting in the pews, are or have been guilty of unmarried sex and promiscuity, pornography, masturbation, unfaithfulness and adultery, etc..?
Jesus tells us in Mathew 7:3 (NKJV), “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?”
We are almost all guilty, whether now or at some point in our lives, of sexual sin. Again, let’s not concentrate all our efforts on the sin itself, but with the love of the Lord reach out to the heart of the sinner. If we focus on sin, we must focus on ourselves.
Lastly, there are many important issues for Christians, other than just same sex marriage, worthy of attention. Does that mean SSM should not be a concern or a political issue for Christians? Of course not. One could certainly argue it erodes the institution of marriage. One could also counter argue, with the divorce rate what it is, that’s been happening tragically already for some time. Even if SSM is legalized in our country, that doesn’t’ make it a marriage recognized by God. It may be a sign that our nation is continuing to turn further away from God. However, let’s put things in perspective and weigh in on some other sexual and reproduction related issues Christians should be concerned about as well:
1. Abortion– We are still in a nation that allows legalized abortion (around 1.3 million per year in the U.S., 43 million worldwide.) 70% of abortion clinics are in minority communities. There are African American communities in the U. S. where a child has a greater chance to be aborted than born. In China, there are 13 million abortions per year, where due to their one child law, many women are forced into abortion or sterilization.
2. Human Trafficking– Up to 4 million women and children are victims each year of human trafficking (up to 300,000 in U.S. alone), the vast majority for sex. 99% are never rescued. It’s the largest growing illegal trade ( estimated $7 billion annual revenue), expected to surpass drug trafficking within 2 years.
3. Religious freedom and the HHS mandate– The recent Health and Human Resource mandate, a part of the new healthcare regulations, requires the health care plan of almost all employers, including church and religious organizations, to cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs. At stake for Americans is the right of the government to force onto its citizens, practices that go against our core principles and beliefs.
4. Pornography– Internet porn has become a world-wide addiction and cancer. It is constantly becoming more graphic, violent, degrading and humiliating. It helps fuel the worst crimes of our society such as abuse of women and children, rape, kidnap, human trafficking, slavery, etc… We need true internet reform. Here are some startling statistics:
• Sex is the #1 search on the Internet
• There are 68 million porn search engine requests daily
• There are over 420 million pornographic internet pages
• 42.7% of Internet users view pornography
• 1/3 of children 10 years and younger have seen internet porn
• 4 out of 5 children16 and older admit to regularly watching porn
• 12 to 17 year olds are the largest consumers of internet pornography
• Porn has approximately $100 billion annual revenue worldwide
• The pornography industry is larger than the revenues of the top technology companies combined: Microsoft, Google, Amazon, eBay, Yahoo!, Apple, Netflix and EarthLink
It is not the intent of this article to defend or belittle the same sex marriage issue or excuse the homosexual lifestyle. Simply, it is to provoke critical thinking, understanding and consider that it may not be in the best interest of Christians to take the bait from secular society. We shouldn’t let ourselves be lured into an ugly fight, put too much emphasis on this issue and too little on other important ones, or give homosexual activists and their cause more of what they’re after, publicity. The secular media, left-wing political interests, and groups with an anti-Christian agenda can use this debate to villanize religion, stereotype Christians as bigots, exalt themselves as heroes of Citizens rights and forward more anti-faith related regulations.
According to Skye Jethani, pastor and author, “ If conservatives, including those in the church, want to make same sex marriage the defining issue of 2012, I’m sure the Obama campaign will be happy to comply. Anything to ensure the focus isn’t about how to revive the economy–a battle that is still far from settled.”