Double standards are clearly being displayed as society’s acceptance of homosexuality becomes more widespread. Anyone speaking out against its acceptability is immediately labelled homophobic and their views are portrayed as aberrant. Those whose views are shaped by God’s standards, revealed in scripture, are increasingly becoming society’s outcasts.
A Canberra couple that vowed to get divorced if same sex marriage was legalised, are facing intense public backlash and have had their controversial views condemned by family and friends.
In a piece written for Canberra City News last week, Nick Jensen wrote that he and his wife Sarah would not wish to be associated with any new definition of marriage.
“My wife and I, as a matter of conscience, refuse to recognise the government’s regulation of marriage if its definition includes the solemnisation of same sex couples,” Mr Jensen wrote.
The Jensens, who are devout, practising Christians, have faced public ridicule since the controversial piece made headlines across the country.
This week I’ve noticed a window display in my town centre, in which the local High School professes support for the “LGBT community” – although they’ve added several more letters (that I don’t remember) to include other variations of the same theme, the last being Q for “queer”. The window is decorated with rainbows – a symbol used by God as a reminder of His covenant with all of mankind, now appropriated by mankind to symbolise rebellion against Him.
While the Australian government has lagged behind most of the world in its acceptance of same sex marriage, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before it joins the pied piper procession and God’s people will be increasingly marginalised.
As we move further down that road we should take the opportunity to think more about our citizenship, and whether our interests and allegiance lie within worldly nations, or TRULY within God’s Kingdom. To which kingdom do we belong?
Regarding the political issue of same sex marriage, I recognise that marriage isn’t the real issue. Trying to prevent it is like the old saying about closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. The issue was sealed when homosexuality became acceptable to the wider society. In a secular society where homosexuality is seen as acceptable, there is no valid reason for that secular society to deny marriage to homosexuals. It is merely more evidence of the path society has chosen to follow instead of following God.
While many Christians see homosexuality as something that will bring God’s judgement upon a nation, the biblical reality is different. Paul reveals that increasing acceptance of homosexuality is itself God’s judgement. As mankind increasingly abandons God, He will give them over to the things they choose above Him.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 1because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,[c] wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,[d] unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1)