Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Upheaval Of Values

When a teenaged Christian recently posted a Facebook comment condoning same sex marriage, the comment took me aback. Granted, the teen is not from a Christian family and attends public school, so she's heavily influenced by an increasingly liberal culture. And that culture shames those of us who uphold Biblical morality.

On one hand, I really don't expect the world to repent and return to the Christian values of America's Founding Fathers. Although my low expectations for a restoration of Biblical ideology may sound so cynical that some people might accuse me of lacking faith, I've drawn my conclusion from Scripture itself:
10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. ~~Matthew 24:10-12 (ESV)
But, liberals will object, same sex marriage celebrates love! But in verse 12, the Greek word rendered "love" is apage, not  eros. To clearly understand agape, I refer to 1 Corinthians 4-7:

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (ESV)

God's love, according to this passage, doesn't angrily demand rights, as gay activists do, nor does it celebrate anything that contradicts Scripture's teaching. Homosexual love may equal heterosexual love in terms of romance, but it cannot honor the very Lord who declares homosexuality to be sinful. Until very recently, even non-Christians held to a vague acknowledgment that homosexuality clashed against basic Christian values.

Society now openly rebels against the Lord. I get that fact. And sadly, even those who profess to follow Christ will be deceived into  calling evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20). I only pray that true Christians will uphold God's truth with courage.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with your assessments and that things will continue to grow worse and worse as the Bible also says. We are to be salt and light in a dark and dreary world. We are to watch and pray, to guard our own heart against the evil in this world, and to cry out like a voice in the wilderness...will everyone applaud our efforts, and will it bring about a reformation? I doubt it. It might get us arrested or killed though...but in some respects it would bear out another thing we learn from the Bible, that there is nothing new under the sun, because likewise they tormented the prophets of the OT and the early church of the NT. Let us watch and pray, and be that salt and light, and perhaps God will grant it that a few will have their ears and eyes of their understanding opened. By God's grace, and in God's perfect time.

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