By William J. McDuffie
“Gay marriage to be part of Democrat’s platform”. This was a headline in most U.S. newspapers and Internet news outlets recently. What is a political platform? It is the public statement of the principles, policies, and objectives of a specific political party. In other words, it’s what a political party says it stands for. In the U.S., the two major parties publish the platform on which ALL of its candidates, at every level, stand. By accepting their party’s nomination, politicians are saying they endorse and embrace the platform. Each presidential candidate MUST stand on a platform, and when citizens cast their votes for one candidate or the other, they are also embracing the same platform on which their candidate stands.
For the New Testament believer, and that is my target audience, there are not only political implications for casting a vote in support of a candidate; there are spiritual ones as well. When we as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Word of God, cast our votes we enter into the spiritual principle of agreement. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.” (2 Corinthians 13:1 NKJV) In other words, when at least two people agree on an issue, that issue is established. Consequently, each person is responsible for what is ultimately established, whether good or bad.
When a political party officially establishes its platform and selects its ticket, our vote is a form of agreement with both the platform and the people on the ticket. In natural politics, people can say that they voted for a particular party, even though they didn’t agree with everything in that party’s platform, but as far as the spirit realm is concerned no such parsing exists. It’s literally an all or nothing proposition.
In Matthew 12:30 and Luke 11:23, Jesus said, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad. John 1:1 states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Verse 14 says, “The Word became human and lived among us. We saw His glory. It was the glory that the Father shares with His only Son, a glory full of kindness and truth.” (John 1:14 GWT). Another way to look at Jesus is as the Word of God; therefore, when we read Matthew 12:30 or Luke 11:23, we can interpret these verses as so: “He who is not with THE WORD OF GOD is against THE WORD OF GOD…” In essence, our speech, political positions, and actions are either in accordance with the Word or stoutly against Him.
What does the Word of God say about homosexuality? The Bible addresses the subject in both the Old Testament and the New. Critics of the Biblical definition of marriage, found among other places in Matthew 19:5, often harp on the Old Testament prohibitions against homosexuality, as though there is not a single reference of this sinful behavior in the New Testament. They are wrong.
Here are a few scripture references as to God’s view on all aspects of homosexual behavior:
Never have sexual intercourse with a man as with a woman. It is disgusting. (Leviticus 18:22 GWT)
When a man has sexual intercourse with another man as with a woman, both men are doing something disgusting and must be put to death. They deserve to die. (Leviticus 20:13 GWT)
Don’t you know that wicked people won’t inherit the kingdom of God? Stop deceiving yourselves! People who continue to commit sexual sins, who worship false gods, those who commit adultery, homosexuals, or thieves, those who are greedy or drunk, who use abusive language, or who rob people will not inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10 GWT)
For example, a person must realize that laws are not intended for people who have God’s approval. Laws are intended for lawbreakers and rebels, for ungodly people and sinners, for those who think nothing is holy or sacred, for those who kill their fathers, their mothers, or other people. Laws are intended for people involved in sexual sins, for homosexuals, for kidnappers, for liars, for those who lie when they take an oath, and for whatever else is against accurate teachings. (1 Timothy 1:9, 10 GWT)
These people have exchanged God’s truth for a lie. So they have become ungodly and serve what is created rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen! For this reason God allowed their shameful passions to control them. Their women have exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. Likewise, their men have given up natural sexual relations with women and burn with lust for each other. Men commit indecent acts with men, so they experience among themselves the punishment they deserve for their perversion. And because they thought it was worthless to acknowledge God, God allowed their own immoral minds to control them. So they do these indecent things. (Romans 1:25-28 GWT)
Today, these Scriptures are considered by many as hate speech, but nothing could be further from the truth. Our loving Heavenly Father gives us prohibitions against sin for our own good. The reward for sin is death, but the gift that God freely gives is everlasting life found in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 GWT) All prohibitions against sin is speech based in love, not hate. Is it hateful to publish what medical science knows about the cause of obesity? Or, is it hate speech to prohibit drunk driving? Are traffic laws put in place out of hatred? Clearly, the answer to each of these questions is a resounding no. Neither is it hate speech to tell our beloved brothers and sister struggling with homosexuality that it is as morally wrong as any other sin and will ultimately lead to spiritual death now and the Lake of Fire in the age to come.
As believers, we side with the Truth, not against Him. Homosexuality is not the only sin prevalent in our society, but just because it isn’t shouldn’t limit discussions and debates on the topic. If the headlines read, “Promiscuity or discouragement against marriage to be part of Democrat’s platform”, as believers, we would have taken a moral stance against these too.
Gay marriage is not now, nor will it ever be a civil rights or political issue in the Kingdom of God. It is just plain sin! And, as ambassadors of righteousness, we take a Biblical stand against not only this sinful practice, but all sin. Although the New Testament never calls for the physical death of sinners, sin is just as deadly today as it ever was. We have to tell a dying world that there is a loving alternative to eternal damnation.
When you go to the ballot box this November and any other time in the future, remember that your vote embraces or rejects specific political platforms. You either cast a vote consistent with the Word of God or against Him. It’s that simple!