FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE

July the 4th is just around the corner.  It is known as “Independence Day” in the United States and one that we celebrate because of the freedom we enjoy as a nation.  There was a time when it was the common teaching in schools that many, if not most of our forefathers came to the new world searching for a particular kind of freedom, the freedom of religion.  They were tired of living in countries where they were told what they had to believe.  They were sick of the notion of a state run church.  They were fed up with the idea that the king could determine what would go into a translation of the Bible so that it didn’t condemn his lifestyle.  Families risks life and limb to board sailing boats to travel to a new world even though they had never sailed out of sight of their coast before.

When they arrived on the shores of a new nation, they were determined to set up a state where freedom would be the norm for people.  They would be able to worship or not worship as they determined in their own minds.  In the years since the “Declaration of Independence” the interpretations and applications of the idea of freedom has grown, changed, subsided and revived multiple times.

Today the battle is being raised in different states across the nation as to whether marriages should be allowed between those of the same sex.  It is being pushed as another aspect of freedom, of independence, and even of civil rights.  I believe that I’m as strong a believer in civil rights and of personal choice as a person can be.  I’m not one who thinks we can change the moral fiber of a nation by means of law.  For real change to occur one must change from the inside out not the other way around.  Instead of thinking we need new laws on multiple things it would be more my feeling that we have way too many and need to get rid of about 80% of the ones already there.

Whatever becomes legal in this country it doesn’t change what is right or moral for us as a nation.  When the Supreme Court stepped in to declare that abortion was a woman’s right it didn’t change morality or right and wrong.  Is there ever a time when abortion is right?  I think there is.  When a mother’s life is at stake I believe there is a Biblical principle that applies that one has the right to defend themselves.  But saying that I don’t believe abortion is always wrong, doesn’t compare in any way with the idea that it is always right and can be used as just another means of birth control.  What ever the law becomes on this matter won’t change right and wrong and God is the judge on such matters not the legislature.

Is it possible for legislators to get together and redefine marriage so that it includes two people of the same sex?  It may be possible in our vocabulary or even in our legal system, but it won’t change the fact that God is the author of marriage.  He is the one who makes two people one not us.  In Malachi 2 the prophet pictures God asking the people, “Did I not make you one?  And why did I make you one? So that you might bring up a godly offspring.”  In Matthew 19:6 Jesus said, “What God has joined together let no man separate.”  A preacher or legal official may say the words that two are now one, but only God has the right to make such a determination.

In the beginning when God saw man alone and declared it wasn’t good for him to be such, He determined to make a helper suitable for him and from his rib he made the woman and brought her to the man.  They were told to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.  When God blesses the relationship between two men or two women by producing a child from their sexual relationship, then I will be willing to agree that it is right and God is blessing the relationship.

I’m not for treating anyone different because of who they choose to be with.  But the ability to redefine right and wrong, good and evil, acceptable and unacceptable goes deeper than something we can vote on.  If states start tomorrow determining that it is morally pure for a grown man or woman to have sex with a child, and pass laws to make it acceptable, will it change the moral standing of the pedophile?  What will be the next effort made to force others to accept a lifestyle and then to sanction it when it flies in the face of God’s word?

Should we start some kind of campaign to change the law back to a Biblical definition of marriage and morality?  I don’t think we should.  We just need to teach what the Bible says no matter what the law says and do what is right ourselves.  Truthfully I feel just as close to the ones who would pass laws to accept homosexual marriage as I do the religious folks with signs about who God hates.  Thank God people with all kinds of sin problems can be forgiven and put the sin behind them.  If you haven’t read I Corinthians 6:9-11 recently, or even if you have go back and read it again.  The unrighteous can’t inherit the kingdom of heaven.  Look at his list of who that includes: Immoral, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, extortioners, robbers, drunkards and revilers.  “Such were some of you.  But you are washed, you are sanctified, you are justified in the name of the Lord and by the Spirit of our God.”  Did you make the list?  Don’t miss being washed, sanctified and justified by God.

About leoninlittlerock

Preaching minister for Central church of Christ in Little Rock. Author of over 20 books including: When a Loved one Dies, Spiritual Development, Skid Marks on the Family Drive, Challenges in the church, To Know Christ and A Drink of Living Water.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.