It is almost impossible to believe that the 2016 presidential campaign is under way. Even though the votes won’t be counted for another 17 months, several men and women have already announced their presidential bids and the rhetoric is heating up. I hate to think of how crazy it will become as we get nearer and nearer to the actual election!
Recently one candidate made a very interesting statement. Florida Senator Marco Rubio offered this opinion, “If you think about it, we are at the water’s edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech. Because today we’ve reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage, you are labeled a homophobe and a hater.”
Rubio’s point is one that all Christians had better pay attention to. The day is coming when preaching what the Bible says about homosexuality could well be determined to be illegal speech. Of course, in Houston we already know that is possible. Our mayor recently threatened preachers in our city who were preaching Biblical doctrine. Although I am not sure if hers was the first effort to silence pulpits in the name of the homosexual agenda, you can rest assured that it won’t be the last. In the past few years our Federal Government has passed laws that the Supreme Court ruled violate the 1st Amendment of the Constitution, which guarantees that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”. Although the rights of business owners like Hobby Lobby were upheld in the Supreme Court, it was done by the narrowest of margins and anyone who believes that this right won’t be challenged again as soon as one justice who voted to uphold the constitution retires…well, that person is living in a fantasy world.
By the way, please don’t read into this article that I am endorsing Marco Rubio. I have come to the conclusion that there is little difference between the two major parties on this issue. While it is likely impossible to find a Democrat running in a national election that doesn’t fully support homosexual marriage, you will be hard pressed to find a Republican who would back up his talk of opposition with any action. Conservative governors have recently run away from allowing business owners to choose whether or not to do business with homosexuals. Sadly, private business owners are no longer free to make their own decisions about their own businesses in the land of the free!
All of this is simply amazing to me. Polling data shows that less than 5% of the population of our nation is homosexual. Yet this small minority has the media and entertainment world in their back pocket and they are relentless in their agenda. Because of this alliance, it has become nearly impossible for anyone on the national scene to stand up and speak what the Bible speaks.
What does all this mean to God’s people? The Bible makes it clear that homosexuality is a sin and those who practice it will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9,10). That is what God’s Word teaches. Christians are going to have to make up their minds if they are going to stand on the Word of God or give in to an increasingly evil culture. Are we going to turn a blind eye to this sin? Are we going to soften our tone? Are we going to support those who oppose the Bible?
As always, we should strive to do what Jesus would do and I have no doubt in my mind that Jesus would welcome anyone caught up in the sin of homosexuality the same as He welcomed all other sinners. Yet, Jesus would also say, just as He did to the woman caught in adultery, “go, and from now on sin no more.” (John 8:11). Our desire should be His…not to condemn but to save. And to save, we must teach Biblical truth, God’s plan of salvation: To confess Jesus as God’s Son, repent of sins (even to including homosexuality), be baptized for the forgiveness of sins and then live faithfully (go and sin no more).
It is not hate speech to tell someone their sin is keeping them from heaven. In fact, it is just the opposite. How much more can we show love than to compassionately share with someone the saving message of Jesus?