Thursday, February 16, 2012
No I Do NOT Support Gay Marriage!
Between the topics of abortion and gay marriage, I am overwhelmed and grieved. Just recently, the state I live in legalized gay marriage. I feel like a heavy black cloud just settled over me, and I want to run! This is so not okay. God must be so grieved, and I often wonder how much more patience He has left with this country and this world. I don't know how much longer I can take all of this.
There are a couple of businesses that have stepped up and openly proclaimed that they are supporting gay marriage, or in other words they are sending money to the cause. I am a coffee drinker...I LOVE coffee, and Starbucks has always been my very favorite. However, due to the fact that they announced this week that they are big supporters of gay marriage, I am done giving them my money. This is a big deal for me; a hard thing to give up. But I'm going to do all I can to NOT support this cause. (Besides that, they charge way too much and it's not compatible with frugal living anyway!) Anyone else with me on this?
For the record, for anyone who may oppose me (and there are MANY), I'm going to post the verses that plainly speak of homosexuality as a grievous sin (taken from here):
In Genesis Chapters 18 and 19, we witness the account of Sodom and Gomorrah's destruction due to their sexual perversion. In this account, Lot, the nephew of Abraham, is living in Sodom. Two angels travel to Sodom and after being invited into Lot's house for the night, the house is surrounded by "all the men from every part of the city of Sodom-both young and old… ""They called to Lot, 'Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.'"
God never singled out and destroyed any other cities in this manner. The sin of homosexuality was so offensive to God that He annihilated both cities and everyone in them.
The Book of Leviticus is where God laid down His laws to the Israelites. Homosexuality is addressed in both Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13.
Leviticus 18:22: "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."
Leviticus 20:13 "If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them."
Here God is clearly telling the Israelites that homosexuals are so detestable and an abomination to Him that they should be put to death and that their guilt is on their own shoulders.
I'd like to make two points here: 1. The term "bloodguiltness" or in the NIV Bible "their blood will be on their own heads" indicates that a person decides to indulge in these deeds. Many homosexual activists would have us believe that homosexuality is a genetic trait and not a conscious choice. We'll talk more about this aspect of homosexuality later in this article.
God tells us that He is unchanging. He is the same, "I the LORD do not change" A question we must ask is, "If God finds something to be detestable and an abomination in past times, would an unchanging God find them to be good and normal today?" Of course He wouldn't. He's unchanging!
Some might try to make the claim that because God, in Exodus 21:17, also commanded that any son who curses his mother or father should be put to death, this in some way diminishes the law stated in Leviticus, since of course these days, we would never put a child to death for cursing his parents. Actually it does not diminish the laws of Leviticus at all. Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-18: "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished."
The New Testament is also very clear on what God thinks about homosexuality:
In Romans 1:26-27, the Apostle Paul is very specific: "Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion."
Paul went on to state in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10: "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."
And in Jude 1:7: "In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire."
So, unequivocally, homosexuality, according to the Bible is a sin.