The world has swallowed it hook, line, and sinker. For how many years now, maybe nearly a century, we’ve bought the line that it’s all about love. As they say, “The chickens have come home to roost,” and now we find ourselves in this mess.
The world has justified just about everything in the name of love. It’s how the world has warranted everything from the marriage of their children to their subsequent divorce. “After all they love each other,” they said, and, “After all they don’t love each other any more,” they spoke in their defense. These days it seems everything revolves around love. Someone justifies something in the name of love and it seems that everyone shrugs their shoulders and agrees. These days love even trumps right and wrong. Maybe the world has forgotten. Love can’t make a wrong a right.
But now the world is to the next thing on Satan’s list. No longer is it divorce, sex in the backseat, living together before marriage, affairs, or casual sexual encounters. Now it’s love of the same sex. We’re regularly asked to show empathy for homosexual couples who love each other but are “discriminated against” by not being allowed to get married. Comedians can vulgarly poke fun at just about anything, but risk their careers if they make a joke about homosexuals. No one seems to be talking about the obvious, and it seems like people are buying the propaganda. The headline that ran last month said, “53% of Americans believe that gay marriage is okay.”
All this, of course, is accepted in the name of love. “After all, they love each other.” As if love is the end all and be all and the highest argument one can claim! What about Scripture? (Clearly against it.) What about morality (right and wrong)? What about common sense biology? (It’s pretty obvious.) What about history? (All civilizations in all times and places and religions have condemned it. None has survived by accepting it.) Of course we live in a fallen world, a world with sin and impure desires, but the fact remains. Just because we have a desire doesn’t make it right. We must remember. Homosexual individuals are not victims. We all have to deny our sinful natures daily and refuse to act on our impulses.
Let’s look at the logic for a moment. If marriage is only about love and we go down the path of legalizing same sex marriage, then why can’t I marry my dog, my cat, my horse, or even myself? (You laugh, it’s been done.) How can we defend marriage against polygamy if marriage is only about love and commitment? (We can’t.) If it’s “all about love,” then what’s wrong with man/boy love, a thirty-something marrying a twelve year old, or incest? If all that matters is love, then whatever one desires should be accepted as legitimate and be given full legal privilege. Haven’t we ridden this train long enough? Hasn’t this “love train” led the greatest social ills and exploitation of men, women and children in our society in the last century? Where has “love” gotten us?
It’s not love that defines marriage, but God. It is not our choice that makes things right or wrong. Right and wrong is independent of what we think. We can be clear about what is and what is not acceptable behavior by understanding the Holy Scriptures. Ordering our lives according to God’s Word brings peace and a clear conscience knowing that our lives are well-pleasing to Him. Facts of nature, the data of the consequences of these lifestyles, clear biological testimony, and common sense also show us what the whole world seems to ignore. Such ways are ways of death. They are not “lifestyles” after all, but “deathstyles” of body and soul.
All this, though, is really not to point the finger, but to show the world, and those struggling with sin, where life and mercy is to be found. We are not different after all, but have all justified decisions in life on the basis of so-called “love.” We all have struggled with sexual sins, inclinations, and actions of which we have wronged ourselves and others. Not with judgment, but with love we point people to the hope, forgiveness, and peace that is found only in Christ. “How’s that working for you,” Dr. Phil is fond of saying. “The world is eating out of the garbage heap,” one person said, “we can show them a better way.” As one saint said, “It’s about one beggar telling another beggar where the food is.”
In Christ we find life and love. In Him is the love that found us, wondrous thought!, “found us when we sought Him not.”
Titus 2:11-15 — For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.