There is a huge push to legalize same-sex marriage in our country, among other sexual oriented things, and Christians need to change tactics in their approach to this fight. There is a reason that the Pro-life Movement has been winning the fight in that area, because you can never spin the killing of the unborn into something more noble like “women’s rights”. The Pro-life push has the upper hand because they have the positive side of the argument. Even Women’s Rights folks have to admit that the destruction of a baby in the womb is happening in order to achieve what they are aiming for. Well, within the culture of sexuality, the LGBT community has the upper hand in the moral fight from a “positive” standpoint. They are saying “yes” while many folks are saying “no”. The reality of the matter is that positive or progressive things win out in the long run (and this is not always a bad thing – slavery was abolished, women’s rights were established, and Civil Rights were recognized).
In preparation for losing the fight regarding same-sex marriage I believe Christians specifically have a responsibility to preach the entire Word of God and to LIVE IT OUT as well. Some people are going to get mad at me for posting this, but these are not my words.
Three areas need to be addressed and WE ALL need to start repenting: 1) DIVORCE, 2) FORNICATION, and 3) ADULTERY.
1. DIVORCE – Jesus said, “It was also said, Whoever divorces his wife must give her a written notice of divorce. But I tell you, everyone who divorces his wife, except in a case of sexual immorality, causes her to commit adultery. And whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”
2. FORNICATION – The Apostle Paul has the most to say on this topic. “I say to the unmarried and to widows: It is good for them if they remain as I am. But if they do not have self-control, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with desire.” 1 Corinthians 7:8-9
“But because of sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman should have her own husband.” 1 Corinthians 7:2
“But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this defiles a man. For from the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies. These are the things that defile a man, but eating with unwashed hands does not defile a man.” Matthew 15:18-20
3. ADULTERY – “You have heard that it was said, Do not commit adultery. But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28
There are several other verses, but the point is this. Christians, it is time to get our own houses in order and to remove the planks from our own eyes before we can see clearly to remove the planks from someone else’s eyes. We need to do what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:26-27, “Therefore I do not run like one who runs aimlessly, or box like one who beats the air. Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”
The greatest fulfillment ANYONE will get from sexual intercourse is within marriage when EMOTIONAL intimacy is occurring in addition to the physical intimacy. All of this is what Christians need to be doing and talking about. If the LGBT wants to get married and some of them claim to be Christians then they are just as accountable to the above three passages. We have failed to have a voice because the Ecclesia, the church of the body of Christ, has failed to hold ourselves accountable for the past fifty plus years and has given the enemy a foothold to establish his domain in our country. While this world might belong to him and his minions, we can still fight the good fight.
Examine yourself and get your own body in check and your own marriage in order. “If we were properly evaluating ourselves, we would not be judged, but when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord, so that we may not be condemned with the world.” 1 Corinthians 11:31-32