I don’t know if any of you have heard, but there’s a homosexual “marriage” controversy brewing in our land lately. I want to say that I believe that Christians have a responsibility to stand up for truth and to speak out against sin. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “There comes a time where silence is betrayal.” I believe that Christians should be heard in the town square.
20 Wisdom cries aloud in the street,
in the markets she raises her voice;
21 at the head of the noisy streets she cries out;
at the entrance of the city gates she speaks…
Where does wisdom cry out? In public–at the markets, on the street, and at the city gates. I think we have a duty to bring wisdom to the world. Homosexual “marriage” certainly is a relevant topic right now. I live in the buckle of the bible belt in a small, rural town. I don’t know many LGBTs. I’m not aware of many people struggling with their sexual orientation at my church. That doesn’t keep pastors around here from railing against homosexuality. It’s pretty normal to cry out against the evils of homosexuality around here and become pros at knocking straw men down. Truthfully, it’s easier for me to preach against the “sins of the world” than the sins of the church. I just want to share a few statistics with you.
- 3.4 % of U.S. adults identify as LGBT.
- 70% of men ages 18 to 34 visit a porn site in a typical month and 50% of pastors regularly look at porn.
- Unmarried couples make up a little less than 7% of all households which is an increase of 40% from 2000.
- The Guttmacher Institute did a study that showed that 90% of adults engage in premarital sex before they’re 30.
- 1/3 of all adults that have been married once have been through a divorce. (I realize that the bible permits divorce in the case of adultery.)
These statistics show that sexual immorality of all kinds are wreaking havoc on our society. I just think it reeks of hypocrisy when the man who’s been married three times blames all of society’s ills on the homosexuals. We should recognize that this is a war that’s been going on for a long time. We should repent because it’s a war that we haven’t always been fighting. These sins aren’t just prevalent in the world, they’re prevalent in our church. If we don’t stand against all sexual sin we begin to lose credibility and open ourselves up to accusations of hypocrisy.
Father, help us to remember that you won the war against sin on the cross. Help us to be bold and war against the sins of the world. Help us to be bold and war against the sins of the church. Even more, forgive us of our self-righteousness and help us to be bold and war against the sins that dwell in our hearts.