Column: The real good news for homosexuals is in the Bible, not the Supreme Court’s ruling
Allan Hoyle of North Carolina, with the large white sign, center, speaks out against gay marriage across from the street from the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, after the court heard arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case. The U.S. Supreme Court, in the second day of gay marriage cases, turned Wednesday to a constitutional challenge to the federal law that prevents legally married gay Americans from collecting federal benefits generally available to straight married couples. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Last Wednesday, the homosexual rights movement received good news in two favorable rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court. The first ruling entitles same-sex married couples to federal benefits. The second ruling effectively made California, the most populous state, the 13th state that allows same-sex marriage. These decisions follow the change in policy by the Boy Scouts of America to allow homosexual youth to join the Scouts.
More good news for homosexual activists?
The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by large majorities by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Clinton in September 1996. The law allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages.
However, Wednesday’s ruling declared certain parts unconstitutional, ruling that same-sex married couples are entitled to federal benefits. In addition, by their ruling concerning California’s Proposition 8, the nation’s highest court, again, effectively reversed the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, by ignoring the will of the people of California.
Good news for homosexual activists?
There was an earlier Definition of Marriage Act that continues to be unaltered. It was uttered by the Creator, the Judge of the Universe, acting as the Supreme Justice of the Peace at the first wedding ceremony: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)
There was an inspired Defense of Marriage Act issued a few millennia later through the Spirit of God, speaking through the Apostle Paul to an extremely immoral culture: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”(Eph. 5:31)
Our God has defined and defended marriage as one man with one woman for a lifetime, so we have no need to fret at the decisions of a majority of nine black-robed judges. The Judge of the Universe has spoken. The endless debate over the genetic or environmental genesis of homosexual inclinations can cease. The confusion is silenced before the Lord. Heterosexual, monogamous marriage has been defined and defended by our Great God!
This is good news for homosexuals!
Across the street from my office window there is a rainbow-shaded sign in front of the Wesley United Methodist Church. The words on the sign read, “Equal Before God.” The sign is absolutely true! The words are very good news for homosexuals!
The Roman culture of the first century had widespread homosexual relationships. The Apostle Paul addresses not just the homosexuals, but the liars, adulterers, religious, fornicators, priests, thieves, pastors, disobedient, deacons and gossipers with the same equal-before-God statements: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks after God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12).
He then says that we are all equal before God in this way: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) We are all equally guilty, sinful and deserving of God’s wrath, “for the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23)
But, there is good news! “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) This is good news for all sinners! We are equal before God in our sin. But, we are also equal before God in his willingness to save, wash and cleanse us from our sin. (I Corinthians 6:11)
Homosexual friend, there is good news for you! Your sinful inclinations toward same-sex attraction are in the sin category like other sexual sins: adultery, fornication, pornography, etc. The gay lifestyle is also in the same sin column as other sins like, lying, cheating, anger, laziness, pride, self-righteousness, gluttony, etc.
The good news is that Jesus saves to the uttermost! He saves from every sin! He rescues and delivers. (I Corinthians 10:13) This is good news for homosexuals to hear and for all to share!
Like the sign across the street from my office window, we call out that we are all equally sinful before God, and there is equality at the foot of the cross of Jesus! This is good news, terrific news, for homosexuals!
(Brian Fuller is senior pastor at the Trinity Baptist Church in Concord, which has about 850 regular attendees.)