Same-sex Marriage And The Gay Life Style Print E-mail
Same-sex Marriage And The Gay Life Style
by Pastor Wayne M. Harris, Sr

Some centuries ago, many of my ancestors, against their will, were brought to America to endure the evil and brutal system of Slavery. Amazingly, in the midst of their pain, suffering and misery, they embraced Christianity and the Bible. Eventually, they came to realize that some who called themselves Christians were merely hypocrites and to them, the Bible was just a book.

In contrast, I have found Christianity to be a wonderful life and the Bible, credible and trustworthy. The Bible has given me light to dispel darkness, guidance when needing direction, and a moral compass when answering questions of right and wrong.

When the children of Israel came out of Egypt, God gave them the Law to regulate their conduct and to let them know what He was expecting of them. Their obedience would lead to blessings and their disobedience would lead to judgment.

Today our nation grapples with the volatile issue of same-sex marriage. Families are being torn as they deal with sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, relatives and friends who are engaged in the gay life style. While some are articulating their pros and cons and politicians vote yea or nay, others are sincerely wrestling, searching, earnestly trying to find the right answer to this very important question.

As a Christian, I have learned that when faced with difficult questions, I turn to the Bible. I have found the Bible to be a trustworthy source, whose truths and counsel give right answers and peace of mind. So what does the Bible say about same-sex marriage and the gay life style?

Leviticus 18:22 - "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination."

Leviticus 20:13 -"If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them."

Genesis 19:1-28 - These passages record the judgment God brought on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for their gay life style.

Romans 1:26-27 - "For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error."

Romans 1:18-26 portrays a people in decline. You should note that same-sex behavior is at the forefront of this decline. Some would like for us to believe that acceptance of the gay life style equates to enlightenment but the truth is that this kind of behavior is proof we are drifting into immorality and darkness.

I Corinthians 6:9-10 - "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God."

2 Peter 2:6-8 - "if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction and made them an example to those who were to be ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the licentiousness of the wicked (for by what that righteous man saw and heard as he lived among them, he was vexed in his righteous soul day after day with their lawless deed),"

The discussion of same sex marriage is now center stage. It has come to where politicians have to vote yea or nay. As I mentioned, when faced with difficult questions, I have found the Bible to be a trustworthy source for guidance, instruction and a great help to determine right and wrong. In the Bible, same-sex behavior is always condemned. It is unreasonable to expect us to stand silently on the side and accept same-sex relationships when the Bible condemns this life style, referring to it as an abomination, dishonorable passions, shameless acts and unnatural relations.

It is unwise for anybody to seek to sanction what the Bible condemns. Politicians, governors, mayors and others should not seek to make normal what the Bible condemns as ungodly. Our President, in his misguided leadership, has taken America down the wrong path. No mortal being on this earth has the authority to legalize what the Bible condemns.

America is a nation where citizens have rights but let me remind each of us that we don't have the right to do the wrong thing. Like Lot, this issue has affected me. It vexes me also from day to day. It stirs up my righteous indignation as I witness the cries to legalize and normalize what the Bible condemns as sinful, abominable, and shameful. This movement to accept, conflicts with the truth of the Bible and interferes with the righteousness that must be preached and the hope that must be offered to those who want to change from the gay life style.

In closing, I hope America wakes up and realizes that none of us have a right to do the wrong thing and based on the Bible, same-sex marriage and the gay life style is definitely, absolutely wrong. I hope you will find the strength to stand against the tide of immorality. The shame in this matter is not to those who oppose this life style but the shame belongs to those who live this life and to those who give their support.

After listening to the passionate pleas on both sides, and before you vote, I hope that you will remember that a vote against same-sex marriage and the gay life style puts you in good company, since the Bible condemned this behavior long, long ago. Today we need leaders who will be bold and courageous. Let me conclude with the Apostle Peter as recorded in Acts 5:29, who after being threatened spoke boldly and courageously to power and said, "we must obey God rather than men." I pray that your votes and positions on this issue will reflect your obedience to God rather than men.

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