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The decisions before the Supreme Court are simple. Sin is not a civil right. Case closed. The Supreme Court is taking up the case to decide whether California's ballot initiative of a few years ago -- Proposition 8, banning same sex marriage -- is constitutional. They are also going to rule on the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Sodomy is not a civil right, much less gay marriage. Homosexuality should never be equated with being black. Even if you accept the premise that homosexuals are born that way (Romans 1:18ff teaches otherwise), it is irrelevant. Sin is sin, whether you are born that way or not. We were all born in sin and we are all accountable for our sin. (As an aside, consider the duplicity in this argument when it comes to "transgender" people. Were they born that way? No, they chose to alter their appearance.) In any case, the comparison between gay rights and black rights should offend every black person. Being black has never been a sin, and scripture never teaches that it is. Being homosexual, however, is condemned as sin in both old and new testaments (Gen. 19:1-29; Lev. 18:22; Lev. 20:13; Judges 19:22-30; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 Tim. 1:8-11).
Consider what comes next. If gay marriage is a civil right, then why not polygamist marriage? Why not incestuous marriage? Why not pedophilia? Why not bestiality? If the government should allow gay couples to be happy by marrying (something that won't make them happy, by the way), then why shouldn't the government allow marriage for anyone who wants to get married? If the government should "get out of the bedroom" of homosexuals, then the government should get out of the bedroom in all sexual crimes. If sex is never criminal, then the Supreme Court should strike down every sexual crime on the books. If the Bible is abandoned as a standard of morality, then what is the new standard? Hollywood? Let's take pedophilia between two consenting "partners." Is pedophilia only wrong if it makes a 51 percent majority of Americans nauseous? What if that offended majority becomes a minority of 49 percent? Is it now OK? Is it now progress and tolerance and liberty? Homosexuality used to make a vast majority of Americans upset to their stomach. If that is no longer the case, should all the laws be changed accordingly simply because the slight majority became a slight minority? What shall we do if Orgegon, Washington, New York, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts and other darkened blue states decide in ten years that pedophilia is OK so long as the child is consenting? Will that constitute a tidal wave of new morality that the Supreme Court cannot resist? What if pedophiles say they are born that way and tell sad stories about being denied hospital visitation rights and insurance and tax benefits? Where do you draw the line? You can't if you have no fixed and absolute standard for determining what is moral or immoral -- like the Bible.
I hope the Supreme Court justices remember that God has his pencil in hand and will be recording their decision for that great Day when they stand on the other side of the bench, and God judges them on the basis of His own fixed moral laws. God has a moral law, too, and He will use it as the basis for judging all mankind. God's morality is not moved by popular opinion, by polls, by godless Hollywood actors, or by European court precedent. God's definition of right and wrong remains fixed forever. God will remain opposed to "gay marriage" and "gay rights," regardless of the Supreme Court's decision. Nothing about God's moral standards will change.
In the case of California, we can hope that the justices will rule in favor of the people of California and allow states the right to determine this issue. But, even so, we should remember that states do not have the right to do what is wrong. And gay marriage -- being gay, period -- is definitely wrong!
The justices would do well to remember the words of Isaiah 5:20-21:
"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes And clever in their own sight!"
Instead of justifying the sin of homosexuality by discovering a hidden "right" in the constitution for gay marriage, we should be calling homosexuals to repentance and reminding them that God can save them through repentance. It happened in the first century (1 Cor. 6:9-11). It can happen today.