On June 1st of this year our president declared June to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and transgender pride month by issuing a presidential proclamation stating the following:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
You can read the entire press release at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential-Proclamation-LGBT-Pride-Month/
This proclamation came without much media coverage and has garnered very little attention. Some might question what the big deal is… Here are four thoughts.
1. Homosexuality Is A Sin!
The Bible is explicit about the fact that those who choose to practice homosexuality are embracing a lifestyle of sin. Paul says, “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders” (1Cor. 6:9). It doesn’t matter how you feel about the issue. God has clearly spoken.
In the proclamation our president states:
“I have joined efforts at the United Nations to decriminalize homosexuality around the world. Here at home, I continue to support measures to bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT Americans. These measures include enhancing hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions and Federal rights for LGBT couples, outlawing discrimination in the workplace, ensuring adoption rights, and ending the existing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in a way that strengthens our Armed Forces and our national security.”
What exactly does the decriminalization of homosexuality mean? I know that current “hate crime” legalization set to go before the US Congress could criminalize any mention within a church as to the sinfulness of homosexuality. I know that there are states that have introduced measures to make it a “hate crime” for a minister not to perform a homosexual marriage.
Many feel that it is not the place of government to legislate morality on its people. Regardless your thoughts on that matter, it does fall upon the church to preach God’s morality and to set the moral temperature of culture. Our current silence is damning our nation. If the homosexual community has its way, they would silence the church indefinitely.
2. Everyone Deserves Equal Rights Not Extra Rights!
The president calls, “upon the people of the United States to turn back discrimination and prejudice everywhere it exists.” Make no mistake; our creator endows every one of us regardless of who you are or how you label yourself with “certain inalienable rights”. That is what makes America great. We receive those rights because we are His children not because of our choices. No one should ever be denied those rights. However when we move into granting extra rights I have to take exception. If someone receives a position, promotion, payment, or privilege simply because they have chosen to make a lifestyle choice different from someone else, that’s wrong. Equal rights…sure. Extra rights…no way!
3. Lifestyle Choices Are Not The Same As Gender Or Race
Our president has called “upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and the American people to work together to promote equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Race is a matter of simple genetics; homosexuality is simply a choice. The two are not equal. This is not the civil rights movement of our day. The homosexual community has done a fantastic job trying to make this case. It’s illogical at best, offensive at worst.
4. We Must Take Care Not To Celebrate Sin
Our president takes great pride in embracing the homosexual community stating, “I am proud to be the first President to appoint openly LGBT candidates to Senate-confirmed positions.” I feel we are on a very slippery slope. As a nation when we come to the place where don’t just allow homosexuality but we embrace it and celebrate it we are in danger of eroding at the core.
Paul cautioned the Romans:
Rom. 1:24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator — who is forever praised. Amen.
Rom. 1:26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
Rom. 1:28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind
Sexual sins (adultery, lust, prostitution, premarital sex and homosexuality) destroy the spiritual life of an individual. As Paul also warns, “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body” (Cor. 6:18).
If we as a nation embrace, celebrate, and propagate sexual perversion we sin against ourselves and we will receive the penalty due to us; God will turn us over to depravity and a curse will come upon our land.
You are free within our nation to choose your lifestyle…just don’t ask our nation to choose your lifestyle.
Do not choose to make the mistake of reading this as hate speech. As a pastor I have chosen to love all people. I love you! I do not hate you. I have worked with and continue to work with men and women who are in, trying to come out and have come out of their homosexuality.
I am not self righteous or judgmental. For we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Jesus loves you…and He demonstrated His love for you by dying for you even when you were lost and dead in your sin. He took your sin, my sin upon Himself and crucified it on the cross. Because of Jesus there is hope and there is life for all who call on the name Jesus!
I am marking myself with this post; crippling any political ambitions I may have for the future. It’s a shame… I’m in the silent majority, most of the nation feels the way I do. Though unlike the rest, I have no problem parting the politeness of political-correctness by exercising my own personal right to free speech. If more of us would do the same, I believe we could see positive change in our nation. The kind of change we all can believe in. If we continue to remain silent, if we continue to ignore, if we continue in apathy we will watch our nation slip away from the foundations that made it great.