By Craig Manners
4th April 2016
Why are religious people, especially Christians, so concerned about what many insist is a private matter:, one's sexual activity? Afterall, surely consenting adults have the right to choose whom they live with and what they do behind closed doors. Surely it is those individuals who must be individually responsible for any adverse consequences, emotionally, physically, mentally which arise from living in ways many consider harmful and against nature, not to mention being personally responsible before God for their choices. So, "What is it to you how I live?" "Who are you to tell me what to do?" In fact, "How dare you tell ME how to live!!!"
It is true, that individuals will each need to be accountable to their Creator for the way they have lived in this life, whether involved in homosexual activity and lifestyle, drug use, teaching children pernicious harmful material (the "Safe Schools" deception), encouraging others to live dangerous lifestyles etc. etc.
One reason Christians speak up is that we all suffer the consequences of such human folly communally, not just individually. We all pay the price in many ways, such as the shared increased cost of health care due to harmful living, which steals from others. Not to mention the increased queues at doctors surgeries, hospitals, the clogging up of ambulances for drug related incidents.
There are principles of human living just as there are principles such as gravity. Drop something from a height and it falls downward. We are not islands. We live in community and suffer the consequences of other peoples bad behavior. Isn't that why we need government, laws, police, courts, judges, prisons?
So that is one reason religious people bother to speak out against such things as changing the marriage laws for example. Because they are aware that going against one's purpose, against God's design or our human nature, leads to consequences for individuals and communities.
In the end God will judge each individual for how they have lived, no matter what national human laws men allow to come to pass. Man making a law does nothing to change God's truth about marriage, family, the sanctity of life, or anything else true.
God does not change according to the unwise actions or desires of fallen man. He remains God, we remain mere men.
Christians don't speak up and resist such proposed/imposed changes to society out of motivations of hatred, fear, or any form of discrimination but rather out of following their deeply held beliefs and understandings that how we choose to live, especially in foundational units of living such as marriage and family, affects our whole society, both now and in the future, either for good or for bad.
So we can understand that is one reason, but what is behind that? What really motivates them? Why do they bother to speak even when it costs them so much. They are shouted down as being bigots, dinosaurs or homophobes, they are discriminated against, they lose their jobs or miss out on appointments, they are blacklisted, ridiculed and mocked. But they still speak. Why?
The answer, I believe, can be boiled down to, "Love." Not the smart, snappy, sound bite combination of mere letters, but out of genuine true love for fellow human beings, out of love and concern for children who cannot speak up for themselves and who require adults to defend them and their best interests, and out of love for future generations to come. Ultimately Christians speak up as a response to the love God has shown them, which results in the Christian's love for God, a fruit of which is love for fellow human beings.
If God says that man + woman marriage is best for human flourishing, well-being, and for children and for society, then that is a truth which remains a truth no matter the cultural chaos in any generation.
It is a truth one can boldly proclaim, no matter the response from the mob. It is a truth worth defending, no matter the opposition from foolish man. I firmly believe that defenders of traditional marriage will be seen as being on the right side of history when the West eventually wakes up from the cultural fog of delusion clouding this current generation. It may take some time though, and sadly many children will suffer because of the folly of selfish adults.
It comes down to a matter of who you trust, God or man. I personally agree with one of the greatest ever Jewish leaders in history, Joshua, who when confronted with such a choice responded, "But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."
George Orwell once said, “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” Our modern culture increasingly hates anyone who speaks like Joshua and those who do speak like this pay a heavy price indeed. But that is temporary. True life is eternal, and deceptive sound bites and banners don't work in heaven, because citizens of heaven know the truth and cannot be hoodwinked.
C. S. Lewis once described “the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate common to our own age” (Surprised by Joy, 206), a description which we could equally assign to our modern culture today. People are seemingly under a spell, and as Lewis also said, “When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.”
In the face of the opposition of the majority in West, the Christian will still choose God over man. They will choose fidelity to God over the infidelity of man, both to their Creator and to each other.
God designed both man and woman in His own image. The two genders are a part of God's image. They are both equal, both worthy of respect, both full of God given dignity, both to be cherished for their differences and their complementarity.
We humans can't choose to add genders, we can't choose to change what God has made. Such arrogant folly surely will lead whole societies into broken relationships, broken lives, broken minds, broken hearts and away from finding what each of us needs: a reconciled relationship with our Creator.