|To the Editor: Pastor responds to letter on same-sex marriage|
|Written by John Randall|
|Wednesday, 06 June 2012 09:26|
A recent contributor wrote: "I believe that legalizing same-sex marriage is a matter of justice and equality," and (we say in our church), "It is not who you love, only that you love." In these statements is the crux of the conversation about homosexual marriage. Implicit is the heretical conviction that we have been given license to define what love is. God's love is grounded in holiness and sovereignty. Blessings are predicated on faith and obedience. To paraphrase my drill instructor: "If God wants your opinion, He'll give it to you." And He has. Homosexuals are fully deserving of the common respect and dignity due all people. But God has clearly and repeatedly said that homosexual practice is aberrant to the created order. Whether same-sex attraction is genetic or learned is immaterial. It's physical fulfillment is forbidden by scripture, and any church which rejects the authority of scripture is a house without a foundation.
Is it unfair that blind people can't drive and little people aren't chosen for professional football? Is it fair that the sick and elderly must learn to forgo certain activities because of their health? Pedophiles may genuinely love the children they seduce, but we prohibit them from doing what seems 'natural' to them. There are lonely Christian singles to whom God may never grant a 'soul-mate.' No one gets everything they want, no matter how sincerely, desperately or naturally we desire it. The true Christian surrenders everything to Christ, including his or her desires, hopes, disappointments, and even understanding. We do so in the confidence that no sacrifice is asked for without a divine reason, and never goes unnoticed or unrewarded. Jesus promised that anything we give up will ultimately be made up, that God will "restore the years the locusts have eaten." To call oneself "Reverend" and then deprecate the "old ways" of God is close to Phariseeism - a show religion lacking understanding, genuine faith, or love for God. Jesus says of them, "You err, knowing neither the scripture not the power thereof."
John Randall, pastor
Sugar Ridge Community Church
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