Recently when the Supreme Court issued the ruling to make same-sex marriage a legal right I’d read articles and blogs by well-meaning Christians who say as Christians we should rejoice with the LGBT community. The articles likened the LGBT community to discriminated groups like African Americans in slavery time: That this ruling should be placed in the same platform as the civil rights movement that saw equal rights for the black—something I wholeheartedly champion—is the point of most of these blogs.
Also the writers claimed that as Christians we should always show love to our brothers and sisters (they quoted verses which include the words "brothers and sisters") and that God is love and love prevails over the bigotry against the LGBT community that Christians seem to show.
I cannot disagree that we should always show love to all, LGBT and non-LGBT, murderers, and non-murderers, liars and non-liars etc. But as Christians we should live defined by the Word of God. (Provided we believe the Bible is the word of God, and that the Bible trumps all. Some people who call themselves Christians may not believe in “sola scriptura” and live by codes set by other theology and doctrine that is not solely set by the Bible. I believe these people are not Christians (born again)—at least until they repent (“metanoia” in Greek—meaning “changing of the mind”) and believe the Bible is the WORD of God and the words in the WORD must reign supreme over all other books and even our own thinking—mine included.
When I refer to Christians here, I do not include these people since I don’t think they are Christians—at least not yet, and hopefully they will be born again and have the Holy Spirit live in them—by then the Holy Spirit will help them to “repent” and they will agree that the Bible is the Word and as Christians believe that “sola-scriptura” is the only code for a Christians to live by.)
Using the Scripture alone as a basis for understanding how the Lord wants us to live, believe and think, how do we handle the issue of the LGBT and the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage?
Let’s tackle the easiest of the issue—that of love. What does it mean to love someone? It is after all a great commandment for all believers? (Luke 10: 27 "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'…'")
The Love chapter (1 Corinthians 13) qualifies “love” as many thing but in the context we are tackling it also says:
As defined by 1st Corinthians 13 : 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
Love rejoices in the truth it says. So what does rejoice in truth mean?
According to Strong’s concordance rejoice (Number 4796) sygxaírō means "identify with"
“Truth here according to Strong’s Concordance’s Definition ( number 225) : truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man,
Which means we as Christians must identify with moral or divine truth as defined by God,
And it does not delight in evil or some translation defines as “unrighteousness”. (1 Corinthians 13:6) “Unrighteousness according to Strong’s is:
93 adikía -- the opposite of justice; unrighteousness, as a violation of God's standards (justice) which brings divine disapproval; a count (violation) of God's justice, i.e. what is contrary to His righteous judgments (what He approves).
So from this definition it appears that “justice” is qualified as that which is approved by God. A violation of God’s standards is actually defined as injustice.
Why am I being so pedantic about going back to the original meaning? Because there’s a reason why the OT and NT are written in Hebrew and Greek, and if we want to understand what God’s saying should we not study what was written?
The Bible after all says every “word”, “jot and tittle” are so crucial to understanding that not one should be removed (Jesus said in Matthew 5:18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God's law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.)
In fact a curse is pronounced upon those who alter or subtract a word, by the way. (Rev 22:19) Again if you are not a Christian reading this I’m not speaking to you—but if someone professes to be a Christian he/she should at least examine each word (in the original Hebrew and Greek) and see if the words be true for himself/ herself.
I hope at least in looking at 1 Corinthians 13:6 “love “ is defined as not celebrating with the Supreme Court’s decision to allow gay marriages. This is not to say we condemn the gays and lesbians, but that if we profess we are Christians and believe every word that proceeds from God’s Word we must not gloss over what God has written in the Bible. And we should not try to convince or deceive other Christians to think it’s okay to rejoice with the Supreme Court decision. It’s one thing to be deceived ourselves but to try to teach other “Christians” with arguments that would lead others astray holds a heavy penalty.
Again God’s words not mine: James 3: 1
Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
So my brothers and sisters in Christ (again brothers and sisters is not a broad term to include every person on this planet—we only become part of the same family when we have Jesus as our savior and God is our Father,) should we rejoice with the gay agenda? Should we as Christian rejoice with sinful actions?
Some may argue that homosexuality is not a sin. So, next time, let’s look at the Bible again to see how the God of the Bible views homosexuality.
(We will also one day look at whether it’s important for Christians to believe sola scriptura—a topic I hope to blog about in the future.)
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