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|Change Hearts To Change Laws||11/05/2009|
The majority is not always right. That's one of the truths I explored in my book The Absolutes. The logical inverse of that is that sometimes voters get it right. This week we saw that in the state of Maine when a slight majority of voters overturned a law that had been passed by a handful of legislators to legalize gay marriage.
Maine became the third state, after California and Hawaii, in which the people reversed their government's attempt to promote gay marriage. Same-sex marriage has never won a popular vote in any state. A few states will grant marriage licenses to homosexual couples because legislators and/or judges decided to allow it. But the people never have. Years of indoctrination, lobbying and legal maneuvering have failed to completely brainwash the American public.
The federal government does not recognize gay marriage, although there is a mounting assault against the Defense of Marriage Act, which recognizes marriage as between one man and one woman. Americans do not want to redefine marriage, but there are forces hell-bent on forcing the issue. In fact, Jesse Connolly, the campaign manager trying to uphold gay marriage in Maine, faced his electoral defeat with a threat, vowing that his people "will not quit until we know where every single one of these votes lives." He went on to declare, "We're not short-timers; we are here for the long haul."
As Christians, we must know how to properly respond to such an attack. We know that homosexuality is wrong, that it robs people of the fulfillment God wants for them, and that it is mental and spiritual bondage. Yet, we are instructed to love everyone, including homosexuals. We must understand that loving someone does not mean enabling their destructive lifestyle. Compassion and permissiveness are not the same thing. When Jesus was hanging on the cross, He showed love and forgiveness toward those who crucified Him, but He never agreed with their actions. He said, of the angry mob, "They don't what they're doing," indicating they were under the control of the realm of darkness and deception.
Interestingly, Washington State also had an election relevant to homosexuals. They voted to increase some "domestic partnership" benefits. I don't know for sure, but I would imagine that domestic partnerships can be between any two people who cohabitate, whether or not they are engaged in homosexual activities. In other words, if a woman lives with her stepmother in order to care for her, the two of them should have domestic partnership rights, extending to such things as hospital visits, end-of-life decisions and other legal benefits normally associated with marriage. It would seem that such legislation would give homosexual couples the same legal rights as married couples without destroying traditional marriage. It would also help people who live together and depend on each other, but do not engage in homosexual activity. If two single men are longtime roommates and have no one else to care for them, why should they have to be engaging in gay sex to get domestic partnership rights? If we are going to extend some of the privileges of marriage to homosexuals, they should be extended to heterosexual people who live together, too. The political solution seems simple, but many homosexuals clearly do not want a straightforward solution.
So why the all-out assault on traditional marriage?
Jesus referred to himself as "the groom" and the church as "the bride." Marriage has sacred roots. It was a religious institution long before it was a political institution. And it has always been between one man and one woman. Even people who reject God and embrace a Darwinistic view have to admit that nature is biased against homosexuality. Without procreation, the human race becomes extinct. If one believes that homosexuality is genetic, then Mother Nature -- that great "hatemonger" -- has ensured that it is a self-terminating gene.
But rather than confront the homosexual community with hellfire, I believe we should give them the hope of heaven. Some in the church have a tendency to want to bury them, when we should be praying for them to rise from the dead. Man necessarily views sin in degrees; we punish murder differently than we punish tax evasion. But God views all sin as something that separates man from Him, whether by a mile or by an inch. He also views all sin as something He can overcome, if we will let Him. This is the message we need to take to the homosexual community: God has a better plan for their lives.
One of the foundational arguments for homosexuality is that it is genetic. Homosexuals are "born that way," the wisdom of man says. It's just like being born black, white, brown or something else, so we should have compassion and favor on homosexuals today in the same way that we abolished slavery and instituted civil rights. But the calls for compassion seem to mask the true motives.
The Bible says that we are all born into sin and that we can all become captives to it, but as long as we are alive we can choose to be born again, where all things are made new and we become new creations. We are all born sinners -- in a sense "born that way" -- which is why we all need a Savior. Homosexuals tell people that they don't have a choice, that they cannot change, and that they must act on their most carnal urges. God tells us that we must change, that He can change us, and that we can overcome sin and death. That is the good news, the message of hope, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is what we must tell the homosexual community.
In society, Christians must continue to stand up for what is right. That is why I fully agree with any political initiative to fight gay marriage. At the same time, however, we must not simply stand against something; we must stand for something. We must not only tell homosexuals what is wrong, we must show them what is right. Not all of them will listen, but the best way to overcome a lie is speaking the truth in love. While they continue trying to change laws, we would be wise to focus on changing hearts. Jesus came to set captives free.
Author: James Robison
Editor: Randy Robison
Word Count: 1063
About the author: James Robison is the founder and president of LIFE Outreach International, a Christian media ministry and mission relief organization. He and his wife, Betty, host of the television program Life Today; He has authored numerous books, including The Soul of a Nation, The Absolutes: Freedom's Only Hope and True Prosperity.
Media Contact: Randy Robison, editor at jamesrobison.net . Photo available upon request. Reprint rights granted with attribution for complete, unedited article. Revisions allowed only with approval.