For the first time in American history, we have a president who openly supports homosexual marriage. His brazened humanism, though guised with words borrowed from Christianity, is another step by the privileged and elite to force the convictions of the few upon and against the convictions of the majority; and against the moral foundation of our nation. This is certainly tragic and it reveals the slippery slope of moral decay our country has been on for several decades.
But really, how bad is the thrust of homosexual openness in our country? As more and more come ‘out of the closet,’ does it lead us to another step of social apostasy? Were we really better off when the “Billie Joe MacAllisters” of this nation just ran and jumped off the Tallahatchie bridge! (For the young readers, google ‘Ode to Billie Joe.’)
How would we see it if we stepped back and gave an honest look at the situation from a larger context? What opportunity does it offer to the Church?
As the Church, we are called to go into the highways and hedges and share the gospel with the lost. That means, among many other things, that communication is involved. Clear dialogue can only be successful if we can speak honestly with our fellow man. It demands honesty from both parties in order for a conversation to be genuine. As long as a homosexual person is living a lie about their sin and immorality, our words of redemption soar over their head. In fact, they are not allowing us to communicate properly because we are assuming they are within the natural and biblical understanding of human sexuality.
The parade of homosexual celebrities and athletes streaming out of the closet is revealing about our nation’s moral decay. Most confessions are not even a surprise when we see the effeminate male or masculine female coming out. (Seriously, does Anderson Cooper, whose dad is from my hometown, or Rachel Maddow surprise anyone?) However, the fact that many are making public statements allows us one less hurdle to recognize and leap over. Their new found openness removes the ambiguity concerning their redemption in Christ. They no longer have the clothes of their religious closet to hide their immorality while they masquerade as Christians. Their stepping out exposes them to the harsh reality of their sin; and this affords us an opportunity to clearly communicate the gospel to them. That is, their need for redemption in Christ and deliverance from the bondage of their sin.
When someone comes out of the closet I think we are taken back because it shakes our own image of the morality of our communities; it reflects on us. We are shamed by the openness and shamelessness they take concerning their sin. But on the flip side, all communication is a lie if the one we are talking with is living a lie. And when someone lives a lie about their immorality they are a step further away from God than when they openly declare it. This is as true for homosexuality as it is for adultery or drug dealing.
Therefore, for the sake of honesty, for taking a real look at the condition of our communities, and for the call for believers to grow up in respectful communication, coming out of the closet can be good. That is, good if it moves the Church out of the condescending and flame throwing one-liners toward homosexuals and into the emptiness and pain of their broken lives. While it reveals the unashamed perversion of marriage which our society now embraces, it also affords the Church an opportunity to know who is who!
The Church is being tested in the marketplace like never before. We have the media elites and left wing naturalists assuming the role of the prophets. They have taken the mantle of becoming the conscience of the country. Why? Because many times the church has abdicated that position by communicating out of frustration, ignorance of Scriptures, lack of biblical humility and love, or from an excessive contextualization which fails to call for repentance.
Now that the secular generation is accepting and embracing the immoral lifestyle of the homosexual as a social norm, the marketplace opens up. We no longer have the shame of society to convince the homosexual of their ungodliness. The Church must step up, understand the issues involved and call for biblical repentance by communicating the gospel without hurling belittling remarks and hopeless shame. All men come into this world under the guilt of Adam and are dead in sin. All are offered salvation through the righteousness and life of Jesus and the call of repentance. (Rom. 5:15-19)
The marketplace will liven up in the years to come, especially as another generation grows up and are taught by secular educational institutions to accept the immoral lifestyle of the homosexual. We must stand clearly. We must stand knowledgeable about the gospel. We must stand broken and humble before God and man. We must stand in respect to our fellow man who is also created in the image of God. And having done all…we must stand!
So, while we are sickened by the move of our country to accept that which God calls unnatural and immoral, let us go to prayer. Prayer that the Lord would work through you and me, prepare us with broken hearts and give us boldness of speech to see the bigger issue of the ‘coming out’ of the homosexuals. God’s ultimate purpose is not the survival of America’s social mores or moral standard. Instead, His purpose is the redemption of Americans, and every other nationality, who will see, confess and repent of their sin. After all, that is what Calvary is all about.