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You can't legislate morality?

As a minister, I have been asked for my position concerning homosexual relationships (marriages, etc.). Let me begin by saying it does not matter what I think. It does not matter what anyone thinks. The question to ask is, “What does the Bible say about such unions?” If God has spoken concerning these matters, then we must not accept any alternative of what He has said. There can be no adding to, or taking away from His Holy Word.


In the beginning God created first a man, and then a woman to be his companion. The two were to become one flesh and multiply (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:24; Matthew 19:4-6). This plan is contrary to homosexual unions and demands heterosexuality.


Let it be understood, the Bible takes a positive view of sex. It is ordained by God as a means by which a husband and wife may express their love and commitment to each other. Jesus said that it was God’s will that a husband and wife participate in this physical union (Matthew 19:5). Sex is therefore pure, good and holy when practiced according to God’s instructions.


The Bible also says, “Let marriage be had in honor among all, and let the bed be undefiled, for fornicators and adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4). While God has made it plain that sex within marriage between a man and a woman is beautiful, He also made it clear that all sex contrary to His instructions is ugly, degrading and sinful.


As for homosexuals, the issue is not whether God loves them, or whether Jesus died to save them. The basic debate has been: “Does God approve of homosexual activities?” The key New Testament passages on this topic are Romans 1:24-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:8-10, 2 Peter 2:6-10, and Jude 1:7. Calm reflection on these scriptures shows that God views homosexual activities as a violation of his Holy will.


This is not what I think. This is what God has said! Does this mean that I do not care about the homosexual? On the contrary! The Christian must value the homosexual as a person because he/she was made in the image of God. I had a very dear friend who was homosexual. As a Christian I tried to help him refrain from his sinful lifestyle so that he could go to heaven. Sadly AIDS, a disease that primarily affects the homosexual community, cut our friendship short. But I rejoice over the fact that he had repented and was practicing godliness at the time of his death.


Some have cried out, “You can’t legislate morality.” But that is exactly what many laws do. Murder, stealing, rape, and perjury – these actions are all in violation of laws and yet they are based upon morals. It just depends on where you draw the line on the subject; on whose morals we decide to accept. Yes, we can and do legislate morality.


In this debate over homosexual unions some have argued, “We must maintain the separation of church and state.” To this I reply, “Only so long as the state is not violating God’s will, for we must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).

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