WHERE YOUR CITIZENSHIP IS – THERE ARE YOUR VALUES (THE ISSUE OF GAY MARRIAGE IN THE PRESENT TIMES)

The whole issue of recognizing homosexual unions as a normal component in the institution of marriage has hit the national media and political campaign. In fact, it is being couched as an “equal rights” issue. Rather than being an equal rights issue, it is in fact the radical change of the social contract that societies have recognized the institution of marriage to be. There are ways for a society to preserve and protect equally the rights (and by the way, where did Thomas Jefferson assert that those rights came from? Their Creator — So perhaps the Creator should be recognized as establishing just what the healthy institutions and boundaries are for a society,) without re-engineering the institution of marriage and the family unit.

I was saddened when the sitting President of my country came out and publically declared his support for gay marriage. However, it should not have been a surprise to us who are devoted to the Lord and watching end-time world events from the perspective of the word of the God. An elected official in a democratic society will often gauge the mood and polling data of the prevailing mores and then seek to present him or herself as being close to those attitudes and preferences. This country, in its willingness to be open and free, has a drifting course that is taking it farther and farther away from the principles of the kingdom of heaven and the Holy Scriptures. This is just one of a series of many steps that remind us that the moral and spiritual life of this country and this world cannot be depended upon to shape our own spiritual values and practices.

While cherishing my birth in the United States and the citizenship of my native country of origin, the real question you and I must ask ourselves is, “Where is my citizenship? Who has my allegiance? Who determines my values and thereby my actions?”

Philippians 3:20 speaks for me and hopefully for you also. “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Then there is Ephesians 2:19, “Now therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”

Your place of citizenship determines the values you hold, practice and promote. And by the word of God, I can declare that I have accepted citizenship in heaven, and have been accepted as a citizen of God’s kingdom.

As such, I joyfully abide by the principle and values of His kingdom. And I follow His rule and way of life. This may go directly contrary to what has become the “politically correct” point of view in the United States or even the majority of peoples living right now on the earth. But what of it! My citizenship is in heaven!

Right now, there is a movement (some would call it a cultural war) to recognize the homosexual lifestyle as not just a hidden practice, or even an alternative lifestyle, but a normal practice to be affirmed and supported. Part of the current climate even insinuates that to speak out in disagreement or opposition to the gay lifestyle or agenda, is to engage in hate speech, since there have been those who not only condone but have encouraged violence and hate against gays. Some progressive Christians even want to frame this as a Religious Liberty issue – stating that because of Religious Liberty, the Church should not be imposing its values and beliefs on society as a whole, especially in regards to laws and legislation regarding gay marriage. Their argument is, that if we are Christians who do not want to government imposing restrictive laws and practices upon dedicated Christians, Christians should not seek to legally impose their Christian practices upon society as a whole. And then they would say that the current institution of marriage is a Christian structure, not necessarily one that is valid to impose upon all of society or to restrict homosexual couples from being granted the public acceptance of the institution of marriage. I disagree with that premise.

Christians should be not only able, but encouraged to vote on matters on good will for the community, matters of principle, and matters of the public good where these ideals do not directly contradict the principles found in the Holy Scripture. Ellen White encouraged church members to vote on public laws concerning the temperance movement and liquor reform. So it is entirely appropriate for Christians to express their convictions in the public arena regarding the issue of recognizing homosexual unions to be considered now fully equal within the traditional marriage institution.

God has judged the practice of homosexual activity (Romans 1:26-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Revelation 22:14-15) along with other activities and practices as sin. No matter what the prevailing attitude becomes in this country, we must remember just what place we are citizens of. Are we citizens of the heavenly or of the earthly? If the heavenly, then we cannot support or acquiesce to the politically correct position in a culture that is decaying on all fronts as the end of the earth draws near. Those with a citizenship in heaven, while expressing compassion and thoughtfulness toward those with a different value system, will not translate that compassion into acceptance and agreement with living and promoting a lifestyle that is contrary to the will of God.

Where are we headed in the United States? More and more, we see the personal preferences, the morality and the values becoming more carnal, more violent and more permissive of evil. There is a day of probation that is fast closing for all mankind. Ultimately the day will come when God will say, “He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still. And behold I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work.” (Revelation 22:11,12)

“With charity toward all, and malice toward none,” as Abraham Lincoln said at his second inauguration, we need to uphold the call of our Loving Heavenly Father to kneel at the cross of Jesus, receive His forgiveness, His cleansing, His abiding presence, and stand to live a life of holiness by His grace. In these last days, we need to be loyal to the ultimate country we are a citizen of – the Heavenly one. And never shrink from standing for the values and principals God has set for His people. That includes defining marriage as an institution comprised of one man and one woman as God ordained it from the day of Creation.

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