Same-Sex Ruling Controversy

Over the last decade, the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender (LBGT) community have continuously fought for the legalization of same-sex marriages nationwide. The opponents to this issue were many including the Church. The opposition to legalizing Same-sex marriages stems primarily from mainstream belief systems (Christianity, Orthodox Jewish Movement, Roman Catholic, etc.) that explicitly believe that the constitution of marriage is between man and women and homosexual practices are an abomination before God. Obviously, any legislation that could potentially infringe upon biblical foundations and fundamental beliefs would be cause for concern. For example, if the language of the law indicates that as a result of the ruling spiritual leaders could not refuse to marry same-sex couples because of their sexual preferences. The conflict would be state attempting to supersede biblical foundations.

After the Supreme Court ruled in favor of legalizing same-sex marriages and marital benefits, many were quick to voice their opinions via social media and the pulpit. Most of the comments that I read on social media or blog sites ranged from the same-sex ruling would usher the beginning of Armageddon to condemning the LBGT community to hell in the lake of eternal fire. These comments also including misquoted Scripture references and demonstrated the ignorance of the writers. Since the Supreme Court’s rulings, virtually every worship service I have personal attended, the pastor or preacher will reiterate that the institution of marriage was designed and created by God for “Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve.”

One of the biggest problems that I have seen is the alienation of the LBGT community. Spiritual leaders address sexual immorality with a constricted focus on homosexuality. I believe that this sends the wrong message. It would appear that all sexual immorality would be exclusive to those who indulge in homosexuality. Spiritual leaders need to ensure a full comprehensible teaching on sexual immorality to their congregation. It is also important that congregations are taught how to evangelize and witness effectively to all people. Evident by some of the posts on social media sites, there is a lack of knowledge and compassion. There are many willing to condemn but who is willing to evangelize with love and without judgment.

If we are God’s representatives on earth, we should model His example. Jesus ministered, healed, and evangelized to the ten lepers, Samaritan women at the well, the blind beggar, the woman with the issue of blood, and many more. The people that Jesus helped were the people that everyone else discarded, they were considered the outcast, and they all needed healing. Before anyone of us knew Christ, we needed to be healed, delivered, and set free. So why is it that we lack compassion towards others? Shouldn’t we be a reflection of God’s love, mercy, and service to his people? Is God seeking us?

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4 thoughts on “Same-Sex Ruling Controversy

    1. Not Church As Usual Post author

      First, I wish to thank you for responding to this article. It is healthy to have conversations about things that impact the Universal Church. There is no question about God being holy, loving, or having the right to judge. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed due to the outcry being so great. The people in these city were wicked and blatantly rejected God. In Ezekiel 16:49 NIV says, “49 “‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. Therefore, it would be flawed to say that “homosexuality” was the reason for the destruction of the two cities. Even when we look at the text that reference the men wanting to know the two angels that visit Lot. The problem was these men sought to engage in a gang rape activity. Lot offer his virgin daughters instead. However, God honored Abraham’s prayers and delivered Lot and his family anyway. What do the beggar, 10 leapers, adulterous woman, woman with the issue of blood, and the Samaritan woman have in common? They were the undesirables and considered unclean. But God, looked beyond their faults and supplied their needs. He ministered to them. He didn’t cast them away. If Christians make up the Body of Christ, we need to look at what Jesus did on the cross and remember that He died for all. His message of love should prevail.

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      1. Precious Pearl

        Pehaps you want to go through the Scripture once again. If you look at the Scripture for the sake of supporting your opinion then you won’t be able to find the truth.May the Lord lead you towards His understanding.

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