Recently, President Obama made a statement embracing same-sex marriage. The president also referenced the Bible, claiming that when Christ sacrificed himself for mankind, and, that the Golden Rule are reasons for endorsing same-sex marriage. He also stated that his decision to make a statement at this time resulted from discussions he had been having with his family, speaking to his political team, and listening to friends on the matter.
It is no secret or some modern shift that the scriptures are being taken out of context to promote a moral stance. Aside from my general disagreement of the President's stance, and aside from his inaccurate use of the scriptures, there is another reason for my concern over how he came to the decision.
When our country starts to make decisions that are based upon peer thought and general consensus, we are making a shift away from absolutes that I believe will continue us down a spiraling path that we will not recover from. Since when did prevalence or consensus become the basis of our decision-making? Especially when it comes to moral and ethical standards.
This concerns me. And it should concern all of us. That we would come to crucial decisions on an issue because an issue is prevalent in pop culture or because certain people have endorsed a specific stance on the issue is of great alarm to me. What ever happened to absolutes that made our decisions much easier? Will there be no absolutes left in the coming years? Most of us would never argue the need for road signs and most of us would never question whether the use of curse words on television are inappropriate. But, when are these things going to be undermined? We can see that radio or television censorship is being loosened every few years and with every bold stretch of progressive adventure in language.
Now, I am not equating the Gay agenda with road signs on the highway or language on the radio or television. But, this issue is front and center in our culture. To be clear, my conviction on The Sexual Revolution, Homosexuality, and the Gay agenda is simple. I have not based this conviction on my understanding of culture. I have based it on my understanding of scripture. I have shaped my belief over the years through the biblical account of creation in Genesis and Paul's words in Romans. As well as other texts in scripture like Deuteronomy 23, 1 Corinthians 6-7, Galatians 5, and Revelation 20.
That The Sexual Revolution, Homosexuality, and the Gay agenda is part of the sexual dis-order that is contrary to the clearly stated biblical principles in the book of Genesis defining the relationship of humans between a man and a woman, and, in the book of Romans as an exchange of the truth of God for a lie, or, the abandoning of the natural relations of men and women for each other. And Paul goes on to define these issues in Romans and other texts this way: ‘the shameful lust of what is un-natural relations between people of the same sex’, ‘flee fornication’, ‘It is good for a man not to touch a woman…but because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife’, and ‘the works of the flesh are adultery, fornication…and those who practice these things cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.’
The formation of decisions is difficult. George Wood, a long-time lawyer, and, the once superintendent of the Assemblies of God, made a statement about the presidents stance on gay marriage. "It has become popular to quote Scripture grossly out of context to serve a personal or political agenda, it still doesn't change what God's Word clearly states," Wood said.
Unfortunately, well meaning people have read the same texts and come to different conclusions. Yet, in light of what Scripture says, we should not be surprised by individuals and groups twisting Scripture to fit their own agenda. Look at 2 Timothy 4:3, "For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear."
Bottom line? The growing cultural shift toward forming opinions and decisions from ancillary means and not from the center of scripture will only hasten the loss of even the most sacred beliefs in our culture. A loss of absolutes may only quicken the moral spiral downward. Like road signs and television language, there are conventional and universal mores that are under attack. It is time Americans realize it is ok to declare a moral compass and standard to walk by. The prevalence of an issue is not the basis for that issue becoming morally acceptable. However, prevalence may be the reason for the decay of morality.