If I Were A Rich Man
Read Galatians Chapter 5
Gal 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. 19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Let’s go way out on a limb for a moment, and I mean really way out. Let’s pretend for a moment that God is not opposed to same-sex relationships. As Paul once said, “I must be out of my mind writing like this.” If the Lord is okay with modern-day same-sex unions, then gay partners have a lot of other things to worry about. This passage from Galatians indicts every SSA man and woman. Sexual immorality, impurity, debauchery, and orgies pretty much describe the mental and physical offenses that all of us have engaged in during some period of our lives.
How many same-sex couples have engaged in sexual acts before they were married? Did any of them repent of those actions and begin a period of purity that lasted until their “marriage?” I seriously doubt that any of them saved themselves for their marriage partner. Sexual immorality is rampant among the gay community, including all of us who have submitted ourselves to the Lord’s authority. The minds of all SSA men and women have at times have been a flurry of impure activity. Many SSA men (I don’t know about women) have engaged in orgies (excessive sexual indulgence at wild parties).
If homosexual behaviors are okay with God, He is still offended by all of these other perverted acts. If gay Christians are so anxious to get their lives in line with God’s word and His rules of engagement regarding sexuality, by consecrating their relationship by the institution of marriage, there are many other areas of their lives that must be cleaned up. Getting that piece of paper which declares a couple as being married doesn’t suddenly make their relationship pure. There is a ton of repentance that must be shown in order to be in right relationship with Christ.
Of course, this isn’t the case. There is nothing a same-sex couple can do to justify their relationship in God’s eyes. The entire premise of the above experiment makes the whole discussion moot. Mankind goes to the end of the earth, so to speak, in order to justify whatever behaviors he is unwilling to give up for Christ. Remember the rich man?
Mt 19:21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” 22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Possessing wealth within itself is not a sin. However, if wealth is more important to a man than Christ, then there is a problem. A man cannot follow Christ if there is anything in his life which he would not give up if Jesus asked it of him. That was the rich man’s problem. His wealth was something he would not give up for Christ.
How many men and women who are a part of a same-sex couple would terminate their relationship if Jesus appeared to them and asked them to do so? I would say very few, if any. How many, if forced to answer honestly, could truthfully say that God and Jesus are more important to them than their same-sex relationship? You answer that question.
Here’s our good news. You and I have decided that a relationship with Christ is more important to us than living the rest of our lives in a gay partnership. That’s not a brag or boast, that’s just a statement of fact. Yes, we sometimes look longingly at what we have given up, which is sinful on our part. We have even made some serious mistakes after our commitment to Him, after which we humbly repented. The road we have traveled has been difficult, and probably will continue to be difficult for the rest of our lives. But that other road is also full of great difficulty, and at the end of that road lies the most horrible of all fates, eternity without God and without hope.
Prayer: Father, we praise Your name and glorify You today, for You have given us an opportunity to turn from our land of darkness and despair. You have forgiven us of more than we could have ever hoped for. The mercy and grace You have bestowed upon us just blows our minds. Again, we say, “Thank You.”