Sin’s Acceptance Is No Excuse
by Pastor Lee Hemen
March 19, 2013
Last night on the ABC Nightly News, they reported that 80% of evangelical folks under the age of 30 believe that homosexual marriage is okay. Now while I am always suspicious of the liberal media and especially of any poll they do, let’s just suppose it is true. What does this statistic then tell us about modern day Christianity? Does it reflect our willingness to change our theology to fit our emotional weakness, like Rob Portman or wishy-washy parents who all of sudden find themselves the parents of homosexual progeny. They now have to excuse their child’s perversion because if they do not it might reflect on them as “good” and understanding politically correct parents. After all, if they were born that way then it couldn’t be anything I could have done in raising them that could have influenced them to be homosexual, right.
Here’s the problem however, the Bible teaches us we cannot and dare not change our theology to fit our emotional or political instability. This is exactly where the modern church is failing this generation and future generations. In fact, they are contributing to the demise of the Christian church and its influence. While 60% of America’s population indentifies itself as evangelical, fewer and fewer of these folks know what they believe and why. In fact, many are more than willing to appease themselves as being open-minded and politically correct rather than living by biblical principles.
By this convoluted thinking, anything goes and is okay as long as it makes the individual happier and satisfied for the moment. Christian singles have no problem morally or emotionally compromising their faith. Premarital sex, drinking alcohol, multiple piercings, studs, and tattoos meet their emotional need to be accepted, so it is perfectly fine for folks to acquiesce one’s faith for fancy.
This is why it has become easier and more acceptable to entertain the masses rather than train them. Sunday morning pep rallies have replaced vibrant theological teaching that challenges and changes society. We now have more mega-churches than ever before. In fact, while worship attendance is booming, spiritual societal change has busted. Churches now enjoy pounds of programs, myriads of ministries, and just about anything for anyone but they are not changing society with the gospel. We watched as large numbers of evangelicals voted for a President that supports murdering the unborn, redefining marriage and the enslavement of millions to governmental control simply because young Christian voters wanted to be seen as hip and in touch with their worldly peers.
For Christians to accept the inane statement of the likes of Hillary Clinton who said she wants everyone to enjoy the same love and devotion her daughter experienced at her wedding and therefore supports gay marriage is just plain morally and spiritually corrupt. One’s emotional love does not redefine God’s natural selection of one man and one woman definition of marriage. While my desire is for my children to experience love and devotion I will not relent on my Christian faith in order to make them or others feel better about themselves.
The Christian church needs to wake up and teach sound biblical theology even if it is not popular and stop wanting to be accepted by the world. We were never called to invite the wolves into the sheepfold and then accept them as one of our own. Instead, we were commanded by Jesus to, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV) It is time for the Christian church to change the world with the gospel rather than have the world change us with sin’s acceptance.
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Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 27 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2012 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission.