by Jason Cruise
A few days ago I was reading an article that was gauging reaction to the NAACP's recent endorsement of President Obama's decision to support gay marriage. The article referenced many pastors and their thoughts about current efforts to bring this issue, once again, to the forefront of national conversation.
I was a bit amazed to see several pastors who actually admitted to having a hard time deciding exactly where to come down on this issue of same sex-marriage.
There's an old cliché which asks a rhetorical question, "How do you turn a large ship? Constant pressure on a small rudder." A river of any size, given time, centuries in some cases, eventually wears down the banks and cuts into them, forcing it's overt will through sheer pressure.
Every single day in the media you are being told that if you do not support homosexuality and an individual's right to choose such an alternative lifestyle, then you are homophobic, uneducated, anti-intellect, and hateful.
For a follower of Christ here's the issue at hand: you either believe the Scriptures or you don't. You either accept God's sovereign rule over that which He created or you don't. You cannot pick and choose areas to which you'll be obedient and still call yourself a devoted follower of Christ. Yes, we all fail. We all sin. We all, at times, knowingly disobey our Lord; yet, this isn't the defining point concerning obedience. A heart that is fully devoted to Christ is a heart that is resolved to do one's best to be obedient and accept His truths as sovereign over all areas of life.
Obedience isn't relative. Pop Culture never has, nor ever will, obtain the biblical right to define obedience in the eyes of God. For a believer in Christ, the issues surrounding homosexuality actually aren't complicated at all. Let us not be deceived brothers. Being full of hate is what makes you hateful. Refusing to learn is what makes you uneducated. Obedience isn't relative to education, for if it were, then only educated people could be obedient to God, which would leave out a vast portion of the entire planet which is full of people who have no access to formal education beyond grade school.
Obedience to God has nothing to do with bigotry. Absolute resolve to honor God's word doesn't make you a bigot. It makes you an unapologetic follower of the Lord God Almighty, who, in the end, is going to be your Judge. Better to be a man who seeks to stand clean at the Judgment than one who seeks to avoid the temporary wrath of a culture that is itself soon to come under eternal judgment.