Most of my blog readership includes fellow Christian bloggers, friends, and my parents (thanks Mom and Dad!). So, when I posted, “Does God’s View of Sin Evolve?” I knew my thoughts would mostly be “preaching to the choir.” However, since joining the Twitter World, the posts sometimes end up reaching a much more diverse audience, especially with “retweets” and “sharing.” A few nights ago, an individual chose to open a link to my blog and responded to my view on homosexuality and same sex marriage. Here’s the comment I discovered in my inbox: “None of you know what it’s like to be gay; if you were you would drop this “hate the sin love the sinner” crap. I’m seriously sick of it. My relationship is not a sin, in fact, it’s a lot stronger than many heterosexual relationships out there. Sorry if you can’t handle the truth. Goodbye.”
(The last part of “Addressing a Proponent of Same Sex Marriage…Biblically.)
Sorry if you can’t handle the truth
“You can’t handle the truth.” Ah yes, a quote from the 1992 movie, “A Few Good Men.” Actually many people “can’t handle the truth,” especially Biblical truth. It seems our society embraces moral relativism on a grand scale. Moral relativism espouses the idea that ethical standards, morality, and positions of right or wrong are culturally based and therefore subject to a person’s individual choice. Simply, we can all decide what is right for ourselves. You decide what’s right for you, and I’ll decide what’s right for me. Moral relativism says, “It’s true for me, if I believe it.” Some may wrongly believe that this warped philosophy reared it’s ugly head within the last few decades. However, the Book of Judges in the Old Testament challenges that thought. Judges 21:25 says, “In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.”
As I drove through town today, I followed a car bearing the co-exist bumper sticker. Once again the realization struck that many people flounder in darkness, ignoring biblical truth, embracing a personal philosophy that what’s right for you may not be right for me and vice versa. Sadly, a majority of people today scoff at the idea of absolute truth, choosing to champion the mores popular at the time. Today, many herald gay rights and same sex marriage, believing opposition to be discriminatory and bigoted. On the contrary, as the old adage aptly states, “The truth hurts.”
So, to quote Pontius Pilate, “What is truth?” Perhaps the most famous verse about truth in the Bible are the words of Jesus when He announces, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” (John 14:6) The Bible informs that “All Scripture is God-breathed…”(II Timothy 3:16) How do those biblical references relate? Jesus, the Truth, entered the world as “God in the flesh;” He also inspired men to write the Book we identify as the Holy Bible. The Bible shares the incredible fact that Jesus lived a sinless life, therefore He never lied, hence His claim to being the “Truth.” Therefore, when God categorizes a certain lifestyle choice or behavior as a sin, His stances do not waffle even if the President of the United States expresses an “evolved opinion” or a Country Music Star advocates for such a relationship.
As our world progressively devolves, people tend to stray further from the truth. Instead of honoring God’s Word, we’ve swallowed the same lie as Adam and Eve, adopting the cunningly deceitful question “Did God really say?” In many cases, our society rushes to legislate immorality, assuaging consciences seared by the influence of Hollywood celebrities and supposed societal norms. However, when our views contradict the God’s inspired Word, who’s right?
“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)