“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal. 5:19-21). Not many people will argue with me when I say that the world seems to have lost its moral compass. Of course, I am not saying that all the sins Paul mentions in today’s selection of verses are new because they are not. What I am saying is that our moral compass should be derived from the teachings of God and not man and that the church has the responsibility to mirror those teachings and be the moral compass for society.
Eccl. 1:9-10, “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us.”Clearly, then, the issues we are facing have been faced before. Still, I contend that we are in a time where the sheer volume of insidious ideologies has placed us in a spiritually precarious position. Most law-abiding, Christian individuals are deeply concerned for the country’s direction and, indeed, the world. The church is being bombarded with social pressures like never before in our lifetimes, and the temptation to “go along with it for the sake of peace” is great.
Take abortion, for example. The fact that the church believes infanticide is a sin should not come as a surprise. Those who support it, including many Christ-believing groups, turn to Ex. 21:22-25 in support of abortion, but to do so without regard to Jer. 1:5 is silliness. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” If God knows every person before they are born, then it stands to reason that He has proclaimed them into being and is, therefore, the sole arbiter of who lives and dies. But, even using the Exodus verses in support of abortion is a stretch, to say the least. The interpretation must be skewed for anyone to believe that miscarriage is being discussed. Importantly, there can be forgiveness for sins committed that are genuinely repented of. God is a loving, merciful, and forgiving God, after all.
Next, let’s look at the recent gender dysphoria trend. We now have tens if not hundreds of possible genders, with supporters claiming that the gender the “doctor” assigns at birth may not necessarily be the one an individual claims. In other words, a male at birth may re-assign himself as a female or some other gender at any stage of his life. And, as is the latest trend, he can then use female restrooms and showers and compete in female athletic events. In fact, one politician recently became furious when an opponent made the “shocking” statement that only women can get pregnant. Once again, the Bible is clear concerning the issue of gender. Gen. 1:27, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Again, disagreeing with a lifestyle choice and supporting it with scripture does not mean that anger and hatred should follow that decision.
The third issue I want to address is same-sex marriage. Homosexuality is not new, but that does not mean that the Bible supports it. In fact, passages in the Old and New Testaments expressly forbid it. Rom. 1:26-27, “For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another…”. One cannot help but think of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah when looking at the pervasiveness of the “modern” trends. Does this mean there should be no love for people? Absolutely not, unless one removes Matt. 22:37-40 from the Bible, but it also does not mean that Christians have to agree with their choices.
When the church looks to man instead of God for its moral direction for fear of being ostracized or attacked, it loses its status as the moral compass for the world. The fact is that the church is more fearful of the wrath of man than the judgment of God. We can and should love every person on earth, and they have the God-given right to choose or reject His teachings, but that does not mean that, for the sake of being politically correct, the church must agree with their choices. There can be love and disagreement at the same time. There has to be love despite differences.