The Absolute Absurdity of “Gay” Rights

Title: The Absolute Absurdity of “Gay” Rights

Text: Isaiah 5:20

Date: October 15th, 2009

 

Less than a week ago, president Barack Obama spoke at a “gay” rights group dinner in Washington D.C. where in his official position as president promoted gay rights and gay marriage. He also criticized those who would oppose so-called “gay” rights. But what is most disturbing is that he went further than any president before him in affirming the homosexual lifestyle and in promoting gay marriage. For example, at one point in the speech he stated, “My expectation is that when you look back on these years, you will see a time in which we put a stop to discrimination against gays and lesbians – whether in the office or on the battlefield. You will see a time in which we as a nation finally recognize relationships between two men or two women as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman. You will see a nation that’s valuing and cherishing these families as we build a more perfect union – a union in which gay Americans are an important part. I am committed to these goals. And my administration will continue to achieve them.” Notice the sentence in particular — “You will see a time in which we as a nation finally recognize relationships between two men and two women as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman.” I emphasized the last part to bring out the radical step the president took. Never before has any president ever advocated that homosexual relationships be seen as the moral equivalent of traditional heterosexual relationships. Never has any president ever considered the homosexual relationship between two men or two women as legitimate, as moral, as right as the traditional heterosexual relationship of man and woman. This is nothing less than the complete normalization of homosexuality in society. The president says, “I am committed to these goals. And my administration will continue to achieve them.” He’s calling for nothing less than the total and complete normalization of homosexuality in the United States. Now what has the reaction been to this radical statement by the president? There’s basically been no wide-scale reaction because hardly anybody has heard or seen the president’s speech repeated or reported. The television networks haven’t reported it. The newspapers haven’t reported it. Maybe a few radio talk shows have mentioned it, but nothing like any kind of national coverage or discussion. It’s as if the news outlets are simply ignoring the whole thing, as if what the president said wasn’t anything unusual. But it is very unusual and very significant. We now have a president who is now calling wrong right, and right wrong. Isaiah, the Old Testament, warned against just such a thing, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter,” Isaiah 5:20. I’ll mention just three things about this.

 

First, beware of those who call evil, good. Isaiah 5:20, “Woe to those who call evil good.” Isaiah gives a warning to anyone who would confuse the categories of moral right and wrong – that’s exactly what president Barack Obama is doing by taking a moral wrong, homosexuality, and confusing it with a moral good, heterosexuality. He’s confusing the moral categories of right and wrong. He’s confusing people about standards of right and wrong. By speaking favorably to a “gay” rights groups, he’s promoting homosexuality as a “right” – as something right, when in fact morally speaking it is wrong, it is a moral wrong. I’ve talked before about the sinfulness of same sex relationships so I won’t take the time to go into that again today, but I’ll just say a few things about the sinfulness or wrongness of homosexual relationships. The Bible, from start to finish, from Genesis to Revelations, says nothing positive about homosexuality, but instead condemns such activity every time it’s mentioned. Again, I don’t have time to go through all the specific evidences in the Bible to prove that it’s wrong, but to simply name a few – there are specific Old Testament laws against same sex relationships such as Leviticus 18:22, “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” That’s just one prohibition; there are others. Then there is the example of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19:1-13, which clearly shows God’s wrath and judgment against the sin of homosexuality. In the New Testament, we have the Apostle Paul’s negative description of homosexuality in Romans 1:18-32 and in lists of sinful practices in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 and 1 Timothy 1:8-11. In addition, it has been the universal teaching of the historic Christian church that homosexual acts are sinful. So from the Christian moral perspective homosexuality is wrong; it isn’t right nor is it a right. Yet the president says, “You will see a time in which we as a nation finally recognize relationships between two men or two women as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman.” With that sentence he equates gay marriage with traditional marriage. Same sex marriage is “just as admirable,” “just as real,” according to the president. To get to that position one must totally disregard everything the Bible teaches on the subject and must also ignore everything the Christian church has ever said about the rightness of marriage and the wrongness of homosexual practices. This is a direct assault not only on Christianity, but also on the values of American and Western Civilization that were built largely upon the Bible and the Christian church. This president seems willing to promote the overthrow of Christian and Western Civilization’s moral values in order to support the homosexual lobby. Well, he may see it as simply payback for their support in electing him president, but we must take these things more seriously than that; because they are serious. We must not follow anyone, including the president, in contradiction to God’s Word. “Woe to those who call evil good,” as Isaiah says. Woe to those who follow such a one. Refuse to go along with the president’s plan; oppose him strongly on this. But that’s not all.

 

Second, beware of those who call good, evil. Isaiah 5:20, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.” In the first point I talked about calling evil good, but now let me switch and talk about the dangers of calling good evil. The president not only promotes evil as good – pushing for the wrongness of homosexuality as a right, as right, but he goes even further – he calls those who would refuse to change, those who would uphold Christian moral values, he calls them wrong. He does exactly what the Old Testament prophet Isaiah warns against, “Woe to those who call good evil.” President Obama says, “There are still fellow citizens, perhaps neighbors, even loved one – good and decent people – who hold fast to outworn arguments and old attitudes; who fail to see your families like their families; who would deny you the rights most Americans take for granted.” In other words, there are still people in America who hold fast to old views such as homosexual activity is morally wrong and that marriage is only between a man and a woman – based on the Bible, Christianity and the teachings of the church. He calls the traditional Christian beliefs and arguments based on them as “outworn” and “old.” For the president and “gay” rights advocates, Christian values and beliefs concerning moral rights and wrongs, marriage and values as old and worn-out. It’s his conviction that people need to give up those old worn-out values and beliefs based on the Bible and Christianity; they need to become enlightened with the new secular values he holds and supports. So in other words, he takes something that is clearly wrong – homosexuality – and flips it around in order to make it a right; then, he takes something that is clearly right – moral values of right and wrong based on the Bible, Christianity and Western Civilization, and flips them into something wrong, something wrong to hold because they are based on, in his words, “outworn” and “old” beliefs and thinking. Again, let us hear the warning of Isaiah the prophet, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil.” But we must not fall for the president’s trick. The standard of right and wrong, for truth and error, for true and false is the Bible, not current or popular opinion. As a politician, he may be able to run a campaign or even run his administration based on the opinion polls and popular sentiment or the political trends that come and go, but as responsible Christians we can’t allow politics to determine what is right and wrong for our lives, our families, our society, or our nation. We must resist the pressure that the president is trying to assert for the normalization of homosexuality in our country. We follow a higher law and a higher leader than the president. We will have to give an account to God not man. The Bible’s teachings can be called “worn out” or “old” but that doesn’t change anything; it teaches what is right, good and true. Homosexuality is wrong, according to God; it can never be a right.

 

Third, beware of those who promote moral relativism. Isaiah 5:20, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” There’s a name for what the president is promoting – it’s called moral relativism. According to this modern, secular philosophy there are no absolute right and wrongs; there are only different persons who hold to different values and beliefs. These values and beliefs are only right or wrong within a certain perspective or context. We can’t judge another person by our own moral standards because they may not hold to our particular values. The best we can do is to tolerate whatever values they hold and expect them to tolerate the values we hold. After all, religious and moral beliefs and values aren’t objective facts anyway; they are only subjective opinions. Therefore, we can’t impose any them on anyone else; we can only believe and live by what we feel is right and wrong, but we can’t expect others to do so. So goes the argument from moral relativism. We hear this argument in the president’s speech; he uses the phrases, “the pursuit of equality” and “for fairness and equality.” He also sees the definition of marriage and family as relative. He says, “Different kinds of families can show the same compassion in a time of need.” The different kinds of families he’s referring to are gay couples raising children. There is no one true definition of marriage and family; it’s all relative, he says. He advocates “standing against those who would enshrine discrimination into our Constitution,” which is really just another criticism of the traditional Judeo-Christian belief that marriage is defined as between a man and a woman, and this definition should be safe-guarded in law through a constitutional amendment. The president’s moral relativism opposes that, since that would be favoring one moral view over another. He asks, “Are we a nation that can transcend old attitudes [Read: traditional Judeo-Christian values] and worn divides [Read: the battle for traditional marriage]?”  He then finishes his speech with sentimental appeal, “It’s about our capacity to love and commit to one another. It’s about whether or not we value as a society that love and commitment.” And if that isn’t enough, he closes with this, “Thank you for your work you’re doing. God bless you. God bless America.” This is a perfect example of religious and moral relativism, and a perfect example of what Isaiah warned against, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” In other words, beware of those who mix everything into the mix to create confusion on every level. The president brings in ethics, but doesn’t believe in any absolute moral values, yet he talks about rights. He brings in love and commitment, but doesn’t link them to any moral context, so they are only words floating subjectively in the hearts and minds of each individual. Finally, he speaks of God and God’s blessings, but clearly from the content of his speech he cares little for the God of the Bible or for God’s moral standards, which he is working against by promoting homosexuality in America. Again, we shouldn’t be surprised by such rhetoric from a politician today, but as far as our own involvement in his agenda, we should reject it and oppose it. Based on everything said in the president’s speech, there is no reason for God to bless America, in fact, if the president’s cause prevails, God has every reason to curse America instead. Let’s refuse to follow along with the president because it goes against our Christian beliefs and convictions.

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