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The subject I want to deal with will most likely be illegal to discuss in the not to distant future except for those who speak in support of it. It is homosexuality. I will use the biblical term in this discussion which is sodomy.
The cities of Sodom and Gomorrha were guilty of perverted sexual activities, men with men and women with women, etc. The Bible calls this type of activity sinful and an abomination. Something that is an abomination is something that is the object of extreme detestation. It is something that is detested to the greatest degree possible.
The reason I am discussing this subject is because a few days ago, even with things falling apart in Iraq, our President went to speak at a fund-raiser in New York City at the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans-gender) group. He said some remarkable things that are anti-Christian.
The information that follows is from the White House Press Office website.
I want to discuss what the Bible has to say about this subject. We Christians have been silent for too long on these important issues. We have allowed the world to set the agenda and those making all the noise are a small minority (less than 2%). Because they speak up with boldness we Christians have cowered. This is one of the reasons this nation is in big trouble.
God has called all Christians, not just preachers, but all children of God, to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-14). Of course a major part of this is to take the Gospel to the lost world. It, however, does not end there. It also means that we are to be the salt and light when evil raises its ugly head in our communities we are to stand up and speak out on the side of God. Light reveals or exposes. We are to expose sinful activity by saying “thus saith the Lord.”
When we refuse to stand up and speak out, when we say that they are consenting adults and who am I to judge, you are taking their side. We live in a world that says that judging other is wrong. This is a lie of the Devil based on taking one verse in the Bible out of context. We are commanded to judge a righteous judgment (John 7:24). God has already judged and we, as His children, are to judge as He judges. It is our responsibility to be His voice in this world.
We are not to be hateful in our way of speaking out, but we must speak out. There are many who, in the name of God, are as nasty and offensive as they can be in speaking out against sodomy. This is a reproach to God and counter productive in our efforts to be salt and light. We need to speak out, but we need to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).
Let’s look at some of the things Obama had to say.
The day that the Supreme Court issued its ruling, United States v. Windsor, was a great day for America, a clear victory for human decency and equality and justice and freedom. So we thank you for your courage and your inspiration
Obama is saying that this ungodly decision in the Supreme court was a great day for America.
He goes on to say:
So Pride Month is a time for celebration, and this year we’ve got a lot to celebrate. If you think about everything that’s happened in the last 12 months, it is remarkable. In nine more states you’re now free to marry the person you love — that includes my two home states of Hawaii and Illinois. (Applause.) The NFL drafted its first openly gay player. (Applause.) The U.S. Postal Service made history by putting an openly gay person on a stamp — the late, great Harvey Milk smiling from ear to ear. Applause.)
He thinks that making debauchery legal is worth celebrating. This is from a man that at least supports Islam and claims to be a Christian, both of which strongly condemn sodomy.
He also said:
When I took office, only two states had marriage equality. Today, 19 states and the District of Columbia do.
But because of your help, we’ve been able to do more to protect the rights of lesbian, and gay, and bisexual and transgender Americans than any administration in history.
Now we see him bragging that because of their support to his campaign he has been able to do more for their cause than any administration in history. He is right, he has done more to support this kind of sinful activity than any president before him. I’m just not sure this is something to brag about.
Here are some other things he said:
We repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell,” because no one should have to hide who you love to serve the country we love.
There was a ban on people with this deadly illness, HIV, coming to America and he lifted it. Is this not an admission that sodomy is one of the greatest causes of the spreading of HIV? Those before the Obama Administration understood that this was a health risk but, to gain political points with the LGBT crowed, he is willing to risk the lives of Americans.
He also bragged about appointing openly gay judges.
We’ve worked to address and prevent bullying, because it’s not enough to say it gets better. We’ve got to make it better. (Applause.) And today, the Senate confirmed two openly gay judges in the same day. (Applause.) Before I took office, only one openly gay judge had been confirmed in history. We have 10 more. (Applause.)
These things are not good news, they are bad news. How do you think this will affect decisions concerning the rights of Christians?
He said that he is preparing to go around Congress again to support this crowd.
And that’s why I’ve directed my staff to prepare for my signature, an executive order prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. (Applause.) Because in the United States of America, who you are and who you love shouldn’t be a fireable offense. It would be better, by the way, if Congress passed a more comprehensive law that didn’t just cover federal contractors. And we need to keep working on that, so don’t take the pressure off Congress.
Many Christian groups work as federal contractors, especially during disaster relief. How do you think this will affect them?
As much as I hate to say this, America is more and more deserving of God’s wrath. God cannot look the other way. The more our nation falls deeper and deeper into sinful activity, the greater God’s wrath will be upon us.
(Editor’s note: If you look in your Bibles you will see that much is said about God’s wrath toward those who ignore His precepts. We spend too much time telling the lost world about God’s love and not enough telling them about God’s wrath and judgment. In the New Testament those who preached to the lost said little, if anything, about God’s love. They warned of God’s wrath and coming judgment. Maybe we should get back to doing things God’s way.)
One of the things that bothers me is that I hear many Christians saying that sodomy is no worse than any other sin. They say that sodomy is no worse than adultery, sin is sin. There is a little bit of truth there, but God has called sodomy an abomination. He did not say the same thing about adultery.
Listen to what God has to say about this kind of activity:
If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. Leviticus 20:13
Do I have to clarify this for you? It is saying that if a man has sexual activity with another man they both have committed an abomination. The penalty for this activity in ancient Israel, a theocracy with God as their ruler, was death. The death penalty for this type of sin is not carried over to other types of governments, but it does show God’s attitude toward sodomy.
In the New Testament we do not see the death penalty, but we do see that it is still sin (Romans 1:26-27). We must remember that God called sodomy an abomination. He did not call adultery an abomination.
It is this type of sin that caused God’s wrath upon Sodom and Gomorrha. It caused God’s wrath to reach a point where He totally destroyed both cities. This is were we get the name “sodomy.”
Listen to what the New Testament has to say about why God’s judgment was so severe:
And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making [them] an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; 2 Peter 2:6
God judged these two cities to warn those who would live ungodly in the ages to come. His purpose was to put fear in the hearts of those who would do such things.
Jude makes a similar statement:
Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Jude 1:7
God hates the sin of sodomy. His wrath will be poured out against it. It will not be limited to those who commit the sin, it will include those who live among it and do nothing to stop it. The fact that our nation is not only supporting this activity, but is trying to stop all opposing voices, should cause us to fear.