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Is Gay Marriage a Legal Issue or a Heart Issue?

gay rightsIs Gay Marriage a Legal Issue or a Heart Issue?

I don’t claim to be a politician. If there was ever such thing as “voter’s remorse” I think I’ve probably experienced that a few times. When I do vote, I always feel this icky feeling as if I’ve just tried to take the destiny of our world in our own hands “tower of Babel style”. Though I wrestle with the issue, as of now I’ve succumbed to the principle that voting is a righteous duty since we live in such a great country that allows us to participate in it. But at the end of the day can we really legislate morality? Can we ever change the hearts of people by policy? Somehow, I don’t think so. This is what is meant by Jesus when he said, “My Kingdom is not of this earth”. (John 18:36) The people of Jesus’ day were looking to change the world by establishing a Messianic kingdom on the earth and they expected Jesus to be their king. Well, he WAS their king, but not as they expected. The rule and reign of God begins in the hearts of men. It is a transformation that happens from the inside out.

When the hearts of people change by the redemptive love of God, there is a law of the Spirit of life that is written upon their hearts that no outside law can be against. Law or no law…give me a new, clean heart and I will strive to live righteously. The clean heart comes first, by grace, the outworking of it results in a transformed lifestyle. Never the less, I fully understand the reason for the law, the purpose of law and how it exists to bring protection and justice. Much of how law is established is determined by morality and a sense of what is “right and wrong”. However, what do we do when perception of truth is no longer valid and relativism runs rampant in our culture. We resort back to the heart changing, Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to be the catalyst for social transformation.  [box] A gay man will only be able to see the sin in his life through the change of heart that happens as a result of the preaching of good news to him. The same goes for any other sin, for no sin is greater than any other in God’s eyes and we all need Jesus.[/box]

I don’t think we should give up on establishing righteous government, but no law in favor of gay marriage is going to change my views on marriage. Why? Because there has been a transformation on the inside of my heart that shows me that marriage cannot be between two men or two women. So how does the change begin to turn over same sex marriage? I happens one heart at a time, being exposed to the profound forgiveness and love that is offered through our benevolent King. His name is Jesus.

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    Jeff Foster

    June 27, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    I'm at the point where I see God is letting the culture self destruct and either the church wakes up or we drop dead. The gospel message is still the only weapon of mass destruction against sin.

    Marriage belongs to God! The wickedness taking place today is a mockery that no disciple of Jesus Christ should show sympathy towards. We need to vote from our pews, we need to vote in the public square, we need to condemn sinful public policy all the while tearfully urging repentance. There is no pride in this sad occasion. Either we are the light of the world or a useless bed of gravel for society to trample on.

    NBC is not the problem, it's the church.

      aburningfire

      June 28, 2011 at 12:26 am

      Jeff, I love your passion man. Keep being a voice in the wilderness! The Gospel IS our only hope, however I don't think voting alone will solve anything…

    Jon

    June 28, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Pretty much right on. Real change happens from the internal to the external and then from the "grass roots" to the macro. The Kingdom of God cannot be "voted" in!

    Individuals are transformed by faith in Christ and the infilling of the Holy Spirit –> Families get transformed as the individuals are made alive –> Churches and Communities begin to change as more and more families look closer and closer to God's intention –> All structures and functions of society (including civil government or "politics") begin to be transformed and revived and reflect the Glory of God!

    It all starts with Jesus in the life of the individual.

    In the meantime "the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain…" God is not worried or afraid that "gay marriage" will derail His plans. It is only a matter of time until revival reaches a point where men acknowledge that God's way is the right way in everything, including marriage!

    "Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done, on Earth as it is in Heaven!"

      aburningfire

      June 28, 2011 at 12:23 am

      Jon, somehow I knew you'd be attracted to this issue. Not because of the gayness, but the political nature. I agree…God is not afraid that gay people want to marry. He wants the harvest of souls from the gay community.

    Cynthia Toliver

    July 5, 2011 at 1:10 am

    We are of like minds. That is the power of Jesus and the essence of salvation. See my latest post at http://www.cynthiatoliver.blogspot.com
    Inspired by a documentary on CNN, I started this post before the New York legislation hit the news, but just finished it a few days ago. As you stated, it is a heart issue. We can change things, one heart at a time. This is obviously a message He wants us to hear.

      aburningfire

      July 5, 2011 at 4:36 am

      Thanks for your comment Cynthia! Glad you stumbled upon our blog. I hope to see more of your insight around here. One heart at a time helps me not to get overwhelmed with such need.

    Kainasu

    August 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    I have to strongly disagree with you, God created gay people just like he created anybody else. It isn't a sin, some people who did great things for God were gay, take Michaelangelo for example. Several decades ago, there was the same discussion about interracial marriage.

      abf2011

      August 22, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      Hi Kain…not sure where you arrive at God creating gay people? Yes, God creates all people, but there is no significant proof that people are born gay. So in my eyes, sexuality is a choice just like it is for anyone else. Homosexuality is a sin, just like stealing is a sin and neither one is worse in God's eyes. We all need Jesus and we all fall short of God's best for our lives.

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