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 However, what do we do when perception of truth is no longer valid and relativism runs rampant in our culture.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.