Recently our President expressed his support for homosexual marriage and he did so, supposedly, based on his Christian faith and his respect for the golden rule.
What we see here is a massive abuse of Scripture to support sinful behavior. It undermines our ability to logically interpret Scripture in a consistent manner.
Let me explain it this way. We believe that God is both all wise and all loving. Therefore, his rules for humanity and his design for our relationships are beneficial both for the individual and for the society. This is true even if we would prefer that there were no rules.
Matt 7:12 says, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” It seems that our society (and our President) takes Jesus’ statement to mean, “Everyone should be allowed to do whatever they wish, especially when to deny them would cause them to be upset.”
But consider the context of that “golden rule”…
9 "Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
First of all we should notice that Jesus recognizes the sinfulness of human beings and says that if sinful people like us can do good things how much more should we trust what God has for us! It is a call to rely on his standards more, not less.
Secondly, Jesus is talking about developing a lifestyle of honesty and goodness, truly meeting needs and not being selfish and cruel. It is not a license to disregard and disobey the clear commands of Scripture just because someone wants to.
Thirdly he is explicit that the lifestyle he calls us to will be a minority report in a world that rebels against God. To miss this context is to misuse the passage and to twist the Scripture.
Marriage is not a term we slap on any sort of relationship that we find meaningful, it is a particular relationship between a man and a woman whose definition was given to us by God.
24 For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
Humans do not create or define marriage – God has already done that.
The fact is that we live in a fallen world and one part of that sinful result is a twisting of the goodness of sexuality. There are many manners in which this twisting is seen: pornography, adultery, bestiality, pedophilia for example. Homosexual sex is part of the same list. It is sinful behavior and part of the fall, not part of God’s good intention. My point, therefore, is that sinful behavior ought not to be legally sanctioned. If we trust that God’s design has come from his wisdom and his love, we will see that it is for our best as individuals and as a society to obey.
The golden rule is not an excuse for sinful behavior to be permitted or sanctioned by our laws.
(Related news - In this newsletter you will find a re-printing of QLBC’s position paper that defines our understanding of homosexuality and our call to minister to homosexual persons in love.)
QLBC's Position on Homosexuality
Beliefs about Homosexual Behavior and Ministering to Homosexual Persons
Our affirmation that the Bible is the infallible Word of God with supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct, and our affirmation that all Christians should live for the glory of God include the following six beliefs about heterosexuality and homosexuality. We state the following as a guide for our ministry with the conviction that obedience to God’s will is always for our best and His standards are born out of His love for humanity.
1. We believe that heterosexuality is God's revealed will for humankind and that the Biblical expression of this orientation is chastity for the single person and fidelity for the married partner. (Gen. 2:24-25, Heb. 13:4)
2. We believe that a homosexual attraction is a result of the fall of humanity into a sinful condition that pervades every person. Whatever biological or family history roots of same sex attraction may be discovered, we do not believe that these would sanction or excuse homosexual behavior, though they would deepen our compassion and patience for those who are struggling to be free from sexual temptations. (Rom. 1:24-27, 1 Cor. 6:9)
3. We believe there is hope for the person with a same sex attraction and that Jesus Christ offers a healing alternative in which the power of sin is broken and the person is freed to know and experience his or her true identity in Christ and in the fellowship of his Church. (1 Cor. 6:9-11)
4. We believe that the homosexually attracted person is called to a process which includes recognizing homosexual behavior as sin, renouncing the practice of homosexual behavior, rediscovering healthy, non-erotic friendships with people of the same sex, embracing a moral sexual lifestyle, and in the age to come, rising from the dead with a new body free from every sinful impulse. This process parallels the similar process of sanctification needed in dealing with heterosexual temptations as well. We believe that this freedom comes through faith in Jesus Christ, by the power of his Spirit. (1 Peter 1:14-16)
5. We believe that all persons have been created in the image of God and should be accorded human dignity. We believe therefore that hateful, fearful, harassment of persons with a same sex attraction should be repudiated. We believe that respect for persons with a same sex attraction involves honest, reasoned, nonviolent sharing of facts concerning the immorality and liability of homosexual behavior. (1 Peter 3:15)
6. We believe that Christian churches should reach out in love and truth to minister to people touched by homosexuality, and that those who contend Biblically against their own sexual temptation should be patiently assisted in their battle, not ostracized or disdained. ( John 13:35)
7. We believe that this balance of biblical accountability and loving nurture applies to all areas of temptation and sin as all persons are sinners. Since sin destroys we are called to humble and helpful community with one another, valuing God’s standards as his loving guidance. (Rom. 3:23, 1 John 5: 3)
( Published January 2010)