Assimilation is a psychological term that describes the process of inserting new information into a pre-existing schema. A schema is a representation or mental structure that represents an idea, theory, person, or thing. On June 26th, our schema of marriage had some forced cosmetic work done, and same-sex unions were assimilated into the pre-existing format of traditional marriage. In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution provided same-sex couples the right to marry. Bible-believing Christians around the country recoiled like a kickboxer taking a roundhouse kick to the liver. Some wept for this nation. Others clenched their fists in anger, taking their fury to social media outlets like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
A few had their resolve unshaken because they understood our Father in heaven is allowing a shift in the landscape in order to reveal who is really on-call for Him. An even thinner minority bowed their heads in prayer, petitioning God for a jumper-cable revival among the LGBT community. Amidst the absolute encroachment upon the religious liberties of the modern-day Christian Church, there is something that brings us comfort. The days of the lukewarm Christian are nearing their end. The on-the-fence Christians are either going to completely put out for God or be completely strangled by the roar of popular public opinion. Satan has cast his cards on the middle of the table, and it appears that they have won the hand. However, all throughout history, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit has accompanied what appeared to be Satan’s most glorious triumphs. The Holy Spirit is ready to get down to business with us once we get past our frustrations over the injustice and immorality. Beyond all the clutter is Jesus, and He’s the one that can give cold-hearted men a heart of flesh.
Every man and woman who has ever cracked open the Bible to Romans 1:26-32 knows that the Supreme Court ruling was a wholesale affront to Biblical principles. So what do we do now? Do we secede from the Union in a righteous fury? Of course not! We can’t break away from our country like a spoiled child throwing a fit towards his parents. We may not agree with the Supreme Court ruling, but God is not yet done working in this country. If we would attempt to secede, the Church would miss the outpouring of the Spirit on America. No, we would be fools to walk away whenever the Church’s finest hour is approaching.
Here’s what we do: We continue to preach the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with all the power of the Holy Spirit to bear, walking in healing where there is brokenness, standing in faith where there is skepticism, moving in miracles when there is nothing to work with, and live with purity within a place of immorality. We do those things no matter the public opinion, no matter the court orders, no matter the persecution. That’s what we do because it’s in accordance with the Acts 4 testimony. Whenever the Sanhedrin forbid Peter and John from preaching the name of Jesus Christ, they replied in Acts 4:19-20, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (NKJV). We ought to obey God rather than men (Acts 5:29). We must preach the full gospel. What does that mean? Those who practice and never repent from adultery, homosexuality, sex before marriage (fornication), pornography, masturbation, and all forms of sexual immorality cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9). The Bible says there should not even be a hint of sexual immorality among us (Ephesians 5:3).
Lust does not discriminate. I, you, he, she, we, they, EVERYONE has fallen to the forbidden fruit of lust. The difference is between living a repentant life or “accepting who you are” and giving in to carnal desires. We must preach repentance with love, living lives that display the original testimony of Jesus Christ. We don’t judge, condemn, or institute legalism. We don’t insult, hate, or withdraw from culture. No, we speak with strong, clear voices, speaking the truth with mercy, never bowing to compromise on God’s commands. That’s what Jesus’ mercy was. He gave mercy because He knew everyone was crippled. He didn’t “mercifully” look the other way and permit certain sins. Rather, He provided the only antidote in salvation through Him. His mercy was one path, one gate, and one way. And that’s why we must walk through the cold with the calm of Christ.
Don’t fool yourselves, Church. We crumbled before sexual immorality’s pagan altar before the Supreme Court did. We ignored the sins of sex before marriage, the trap of pornography and masturbation, and infidelity long before the first LGBT Pride parade hit the streets. Sex before marriage and pornography are equal opportunists in destroying marriage along with homosexuality. Even worse, some Christian denominations recognized same-sex marriage and ordained homosexual clergy long before the June 26th ruling.
We broke the mirror in order to look at the sin around us, not realizing the sin was also inside of us. There’s hope though, as always. Paul probably felt like he could do nothing but toss Christians into the slammer for kicks, yet God took his spirit of jihad against Christians and did a 360 flip with it. He can do the same with the Churches that ignore Scripture in order to remain culturally relevant. He can take masses from the LGBT community and mold a repentant revival around them. That’s what I pray for. I pray that someone from the LGBT community reads these words and finds peace with repentance through Jesus Christ. I know there are former members of the LGBT community out there who already have a perspective-altering testimony, and with these words, I call forth more healing to the LGBT community through Jesus Christ.
How dare I discriminate. How dare I take away anyone’s rights. How dare I hide behind my religion to spew out hate and vitriol towards others. How dare I criticize others for something they can’t change. These are the thoughts from many supporters of the LGBT movement. Forgive me, but disagreeing is not discrimination. I am simply saying that homosexuality is a sin and the blood of Jesus Christ can change any disposition or desire, and I have the right to say it. I am not infringing on anything but people’s consciences. If I criticize abortion and say it’s wrong, you won’t find too many people coming after me saying that I discriminate.
Legally right does not mean morally right. Some say you can’t legislate morality, but in Roe vs. Wade and on June 26th, immorality was legislated, so I think the coin could be flipped. I say all these things with no malice in my heart nor hate in my wit. I just love both God and His commands, because there is wisdom in obeying His commands (Deuteronomy 4:5-6). Disobedience brings judgment, even for those who think God’s word does not apply to them. I guess I am “archaic” as some in the LGBT community would say, because God’s truths don’t change and they were there from the beginning! So in the same way of Peter and John’s Acts 4 testimony, pastors must disobey (if in the future) the law forces them to perform same-sex marriages. Our pastors cannot allow sin to stand in the name of equality, nor can we.
No, I am not a homophobic. A phobia is an irrational fear of something or someone that causes intense anxiety. No one from the LGBT community causes that in me, because I love everyone with the love of Jesus Christ. Tolerance does not mean the allowance of sin without protest. Love. Equality. Liberty. Rights. We’ve coupled it with a sin and thought of it as the pursuit of happiness. The only thing more dangerous than rhetoric is the beliefs of the man behind it.
Most will disagree. Many will still say I’m homophobic, a barbarian who lusts to block the equality of the oppressed. Others will mock me for following my Creator’s perfect laws and tell me to return to the stone age. A hater and discriminator, someone who needs to get progressive. Sadly this nation’s administration has no concern for Biblical truths either, as the White House was bathed in rainbow glow of the LGBT movement. Unfortunately, the glow it was basking in is pulling the nation under the waters. I don’t have much of a need for Henry David Thoreau and his Civil Disobedience. I have something more potent in the Acts 4 Testimony. Pardon the disobedience, but as a part of a royal priesthood, a Holy Nation, I will serve my God to the fullest iota of His law.
Kevin Cochrane is an eighteen year old writer and blogger with the distinct purpose of radically restoring everyone with ears to hear to the original testimony of Jesus Christ. His mission is to live by the words he writes and develop his character along with the prose he pens. For updates on his latest blog posts, you can follow him on Twitter @RunFree_KC or click the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive notifications by email.