…who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
I know much has been said about same-sex marriages since it was approved by the Supreme Court last year, but Christians need the reminder that this heinous act of same-sex marriage is condemned by God. We cannot approve of those who do such things or we fall under the same condemnation as those who actually do those things.
This hits really close to home because I have a member of my family who is all excited about the fact that she gets to plan the wedding for her gay son. In the process, she is dragging other members of my family into this sinful act by getting them to approve of such wickedness. This is because those who attend a wedding are not just sitting in as onlookers. When you attend a wedding, you become a witness to what is taking place. You are actually a part of the event, and to participate in such an event is to show approval of the wicked relationship.
We must understand that participating in same-sex weddings is sitting in approval of those who are performing this unnatural and wicked act, and by approving of such, we are joining them in their sin.
We come to this know this reality through Paul’s letter to the Romans. After he has shown that homosexuality and lesbianism are actually God’s wrath on mankind, he paints a picture of what happens to all those whom He gives over to their sin for suppressing the truth in unrighteousness. Paul shows that this giving over to their sin, leads to a debased mind:
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting (Romans 1:28).
This debased mind is part of the divine judgment God is pouring out on those who turn from what they know the created order to be. It shows a complete rejection of God and His world as He created it. These people are, in a sense, trying to break completely away from God and what He has ordered, in vain attempts to be completely autonomous. The sad reality is that God merely laughs at them in derision (Psalm 2). He does not sit in approval of this wickedness. He does not love them. His wrath is being poured out upon them and when we join in their activities, even under the false guise of “love,” then we join with them.
The debased mind Paul speaks of is one that is undiscerning. In other words, those who practice such things fail in their ability to discern between right and wrong, good and evil, God’s way or man’s way. The debased mind shows a lack of wisdom from God’s perspective. As Paul also writes, thinking themselves wise, they became fools. If we want to be truly wise, we must look to God’s wisdom, not the world’s wisdom. Gay marriage clearly falls under the category of worldly wisdom.
This lack of discernment leads to one of Paul’s lists of depravity:
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful (Romans 1:28-31)
There is really a lot in all this when you take time to consider it. Paul says that these things are not fitting, but the end result of those who suppress the truth is unrighteousness. As Christians, we need to stand against the acts of depravity that lead to such wickedness, especially when one of those we love falls into such depravity. For by sitting in approval of such depravity, we are not standing for the truth, in fact, we are suppressing it. What needs to happen for our sinful loved one is that they encounter the truth in their lives, not approval of their sin nature.