In the raging debate on the recent decision by the American supreme court, to legalize gay marriage in the country, the words that have been- most of the time – wrongly thrown around are, “love” and “judge not”. It has also been argued that it is actually absurd and selfish to expect non-Christians to play by the rules of the Holy Book.
Well, it is true that none of us has absolute moral authority to judge others, especially non-believers. It is also true that, as Christians, we ought to love those who are “lost” in sin, in order to draw them closer to God. However, this argument has actually been hijacked by by the gay movement and their sympathizers to legitimize their practices and beliefs, and it is the duty of Christians to defend the gospel, whenever it is misinterpreted. A few questions beg for answers:
1. Yes we need to love those who are deeply in sin to draw them closer God, but can love still be called love when it is devoid of any genuine correction? Parents love their children but the Bible advises that if you “spare the rod, you will spoil the child” hence any parent who loves his/her child will strongly admonish him/her when he errs. That doesn’t mean that the parent ceases to love that child. So why should the “modern church” treat homosexuals within its ranks with baby gloves in the name of love? Is it really love or fear of losing a following?
2. Yes we understand the law of the land takes care of both believers and non-believers of Christ. That is why it is actually insane to expect a non-believer to play by the rules of Christianity. Secular law is founded on the basis of “LIVE AND LET LIVE.” So it is within their constitutional right, when gay men marry each other. However, it is no longer within their right when they want to coerce me to join them in celebrating their marriage because that will absolutely compromise my beliefs. It is absolutely insane for gay people to expect devoted Christians to support the gay lifestyle! Already that is happening. Christians the world over are being forced to celebrate the gay lifestyle in the name of “tolerance” and “political correctness”!
As a Christian, you must be dreading the day when your son will show up with a fellow man and introduce him as his husband or wife to be! All just because the gay lifestyle was made to look so glamorous in the boy’s mind and you, together with the church, did very little to disabuse the notion?
I think Christians also have a right to protect their beliefs from erosion. It therefore does not make sense to label a Christian who refuses to be drawn into the celebration of the gay lifestyle, an “intolerant” or “backward” person, worse still, you don’t have a right to threaten to ruin financially, or in any other way, a christian who doesn’t agree with the tenets of the gay movement
3. Indeed in Romans 2 and 14, the Bible warns us not to judge others lest we bring judgement upon ourselves. However, the same bible clearly states in Romans 1:18-32 what happens to those who know the truth and suppress it. God gives them up “in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves”. Already that is happening not only in America, but in the whole world and the consequences are clear.
At what point does correction out of love become “judging” others? Maybe only if we choose to gossip about others’ sins and do little or nothing to offer direction on what is the right thing to do. Is it right for the clergy to keep mum and not preach that homosexuality is a sin because of the fear of offending some people in their congregations? Isn’t that hypocrisy aimed at safeguarding personal interests? You can never claim that you are avoiding to judge others when you watch them bring judgement upon themselves by committing terrible sins! Choosing not to make your stand known is never helpful either because silence is mostly misconstrued to mean approval. The modern church is faced with a really gargantuan challenge and the sooner it declares a clear stand the better for everybody.