The Supreme Court’s “Gay Marriage” Verdict, and the Sign of Normalized Homosexuality

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When I wrote about homosexuality and same-sex marriage in 2013 in my book Bearing the Standard, a mere nine U.S. states plus the District of Columbia had already legalized so-called gay marriage, with ten states having constitutional bans against it. In the two years since publishing my book, several of those bans have been overturned, and the number of states legalizing same-sex marriage soared to thirty-seven states—accounting for virtually 75% of U.S. states. In the span of just twenty-four months, the issue of “gay marriage” and the normalization of homosexuality in America went from being a more or less evenly split issue to that of having a clear and ever-increasing majority in favor of it (the trend according to Gallup is clear). The inevitability of it all has loomed large, the trajectory clear: America would soon make “gay marriage” the law of the land.

That was yesterday.

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled “that same-sex couples have a right to marry nationwide.” A disheartening decision for many, an exhilarating moment for many more.

But what most of us don’t realize is that despite the decision’s direct and potential bearing on the future of religious freedom in America for those who oppose homosexuality, the Supreme Court’s decision ultimately changes nothing. Rather, our take-away from this should be that the unprecedented speed of homosexuality’s acceptance (and the normalization of other sexual perversions and sexual confusion following closely on its heels) should be viewed as a sign… not a sign of the rapidly degrading morals of society, but of the Body of Messiah’s accelerating free-fall into the abyss of unfaithfulness to the Word of God.

Sadly, as the general population goes, so goes the Body of Messiah (though it should be the other way around). We are following directly behind public opinion with our increasingly favorable view on homosexual-related topics, and fewer and fewer voices being raised in opposition. Within a generation, sexually active “gay Christians” will be just as accepted and integrated among our ranks as those who have been divorced (for reasons other than sexual unfaithfulness) or remarried (after an illegitimate divorce), as well as those who participate in premarital sex, cohabitate, and even indulge in pornography. We will continue to permit the perpetuation (and sometimes celebration) of these sins in our midst under the guise of love, tolerance and happiness, without requiring any form of repentance, or rehabilitation, or insisting that the ongoing sexual sin stop. We will continue to turn a blind eye to all manner of sin and fleshly behavior that permeates our faith-communities, as it eats away at our collective soul, empowering us for nothing but death. This is what today’s normalization of homosexuality should signal to a decaying Body of Messiah.

My brother, my sister—this has happened on our watch. Like it or not—admit it or not—this is on us. We own it. So what are we going to do about it?

We can no longer continue to regard the sick, lukewarm, sinful, nominal, unscriptural, “liberal” parts of the Body as “them” or not true believers. We are one Body, and we are therefore malformed, sickly, and perverted together as the same Body. Our concern should not be so much for the future loss of religious freedom, but how we have been squandering the freedom we have in Messiah today! Rather than reveling in our former, glorious majority—basking in a self-focused, celebrity-driven, consumer-minded spirituality—we should have been working to multiply ourselves through disciple-making, and ensuring that the values, beliefs and boundaries of Scripture were being successfully passed down to our physical and spiritual descendants. Instead of simply shunning the sinful, or allowing them to remain among us while we looked the other way, we should have taken them into our arms and homes, and, with the true love of Messiah, made them answer to the Word of God—held them accountable in light of the solely objective standard of Scripture.

So now—in our collectively frail, weakened and nearly useless state—let us look to Messiah for strength. When we see the gaining acceptance of homosexuality (and more!) barreling down from the world around us, let it be a sign to us of our failure to make generations of true disciples, but also of the need for a Remnant to arise, stand upon, and further the cause of the Word of God.

Let it be a sign for us to repent for believing that Yeshua died for us so that we could be happy and comfortable.

Let it be a sign for us to ask God’s forgiveness for relying on others to teach us the Word, and not knowing and owning it ourselves.

Let it be a sign for us to rededicate our lives to the perfect Word of God—to know it and do it, no matter the cost, beginning with the loss of ourselves.

Let it be a sign for us to renew our commitment to our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren—to ensure that we pass down to them the whole truth of God’s Word, and the courage to live it out.

And let it be a sign for us that we can never rest until each one of us utterly and completely surrenders our daily lives to Yeshua, to be transformed by the Spirit and the Word, and to multiply the Yeshua in us by becoming true disciple-makers for Messiah. Let it serve as a sore reminder that also outside our own households, we are obligated to do the work of sharing the Messiah, giving testimony of His power and love, teaching others His excellent ways, keeping other Messiah-followers accountable to His Word, and making true disciples who will then make more disciples for Messiah in turn.

As we watch Americans and others around the world wave their banners in support of homosexual normalization—or any cause that leads away from the straight path of righteousness—may our hearts not be discouraged, longing for days of morality’s past, but set ablaze for the truth of God’s perfect Word, and for boldly and self-sacrificially bearing the standard of Scripture.

12 Comments
  • Otessa Regina Compton
    June 26, 2015

    By me placing a comment is to acknowledge that I support this posting in the Body of the Messiah Yeshua. I also state that i do not support homosexual marriages, because they are not marriages. I also affirm that I am not patriotic to any country via evil and corruption, and I consider myself a citizen of the heavens, awaiting Jesus Christ’s return and his kingdom.

    • Kay Wonderley
      June 29, 2015

      I also support this post and what you just said. However there is hope that the body of messiah that Kevin is referring to can be part of the solution instead of part of the problem if we make the necessary adjustments.

  • Tanya Wolf
    June 26, 2015

    My heart was greatly saddened..and yes..we need to own where we have dropped the banner.. Father strengthend us to bear the standard now as never before. Amen.

  • gary schneider
    June 26, 2015

    May our Father continue to richly Bless you & yours as you put words to our feelings and direction to our thoughts. Amen and Amen!

  • Patricia Costello
    June 26, 2015

    “Father forgive them, they know not what they have done.” May we love the sinner but hate their sin. May we continually walk in love and His Spirit guide protect and show us His Way through it all until we gather together in His Realm and fullness of His Glory. Teach us to to listen to You, abide, and rest in you when the world around us continually breaks Your heart. May we be strong and of good courage. May His Redemption reign and His Will be done. God is still on the scene and all is well with those who know Him and His Truths abide in them and they abide in Him.

  • Yvonna Arnold
    June 26, 2015

    Before you said it in your book and here today, Kevin, I agreed with you.
    Sinners sin. No surprise there. That’s why Messiah is necessary for us all.
    Hearing from the pulpits only a ‘mist or vapor of the Word’ rather than the
    ‘water of the Word’, how can one know Truth.
    I know I can study for myself, but those who go to be taught all they know about the Word from others are being fed fun, colorful jello and the koolaid
    of ‘philosophy and vain deceit after the tradition of men’ !
    Where’s the ‘purify yourself’ preaching & understanding in the Body of Messiah?
    You’re right, society and even our innocent progeny pay for truth not lived nor taught by lukewarm or hirelings that teach.
    I’m wearing my black rose of grief again and rending my heart for people to turn to Him and His truth no matter the cost.
    Kevin, Standard Bearer, keep shining His Light…

  • Rick Erb
    June 27, 2015

    Thanks, Kevin, for a balanced discussion. The problem is much bigger than homosexual marriage going mainstream. That’s just fallout from the real problem, which is generations (but especially ours) of disciples not living as salt and light, and failing to passionately love the lost enough to try and guide them to a closer walk with Messiah and the Father. I’m preaching to myself here.

  • Sheila Raymond
    June 27, 2015

    God has given them up and over to their perversion as he says in his word that he will do after a time. They can force man to accept them, but the acceptance that they really want is from God himself and that they can never have. He is the same today, yesterday, and forever and will never condone their choice. It is a choice, man and woman can live without sex for their entire lives and they will not die from abstinence. Therefore, whether or not to have it and who to have it with is a choice. What really breaks my heart is when they try to bring God into the blessing of their sin. Doesn’t that qualify as blasphemy of the Holy Spirit when they attribute the acts of Ha’Satan to God? I pray that we can be strong and bear the standard of righteousness in these troubling times.

  • Florence
    June 27, 2015

    Timely words Kevin. I repent for missing the mark but I’m teaching our grandchildren the word of God as much as I can. When I read your article about the recent Supreme Court ruling regarding Gay marriages, the Lord brought two scriptures to my remembrance: II Timothy 3:13
    But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived and Proverbs 4:18 –
    But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
    In the end we win!! Stay encouraged in Yeshua!

  • Terence Gipson
    June 27, 2015

    I do not support gay marriage! I think it more of a sign of the times than we did not change the world’s view. Homosexual life style has been gaining momentum since the early eighty’s. Why do we wait for legislation before making our voices heard, and why now do we keep the forum to a small group. They have passed gay rights as a civil right, but we did not show to fight against it. I think this is a sign of the end times, and that should propel us to spread the gospel.

  • Rena
    June 28, 2015

    It is a sad day what has happened in America. To openly flaunt such an abomination is so heart breaking. But Praise God He is still on the throne. Thank you for giving us the Word.

  • jaye
    July 6, 2015

    We the body of Christ must stop sleeping and realise our commission from Yeshua make disciples of Christ. 2Timothy 4 verse 1, did warn of these days. It not a time to be complacent not a time to sit back and wait for the rapture but make sure we have proclaimed the gospel of the Kingdom of Christ.