Gay Bishop asked to pray at Breakfast!
Today we have news that our new President-elect trying to bring unity to our nation by asking an openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson of the Episcopal Church, to pray. He has been openly critical of Mr. Obama for asking Rick Warren, an evangelical minister who has spoken out openly against the gay agenda, to pray at the inagural ceremony. Bishop Robinson says he will not pray a “Christian” prayer or use the Bible because not all Americans like the Bible. How should we as Christians look at these events and discern God’s will for our actions and response?
Unity is a good thing. In John 17:20-23, Jesus prays that his followers will be brought to complete unity to let the world know that the Father had sent Jesus and that God the Father loves them. Does this prayer mean that we should just let this issue of gay sex and gay marriage be a personal preference and try to be one? What about our nation? Should we, for the sake of unity, make this issue another preference? There is a worldview battle going on now to try and decide these issues!
God’s original plan from Genesis is that a man and a woman would be joined together in a covenant relationship. God blessed their relationship and the offspring that would come. These offspring would be raised to know, love, and obey God, their creator and the giver of life. Genesis 1 and 2 detail the creation of man and woman and their God-given purpose. Satan and sin entered the human race in Genesis 3. The temptation Satan offered to woman was to have a personal knowledge of good and evil and become like God. She and her husband fell for it. The results are still being experienced.
Gay and lesbian sexual relationships are a rebellion against God’s stated design and purpose. No children can come from these unions and God commanded fruitfulness. Gay and lesbian lifestyles are not new. They were one of the underlying reasons for God’s judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19. Lot tried to warn the men of the city who were seeking his visitors (men who were angels) for gay sex. “Don’t do this wicked thing” was the warning that went unheeded. Numbers 18 warns against gay sex and says that the land will vomit out those who engage in it. In the New Testament, 1st Corinthians 6:9-11 states that no homosexual offender will inherit the kingdom of God. It is plain that Christians who serve the one and only true God should not do anything to promote or sanction anything that God hates and is going to judge. The most loving thing we can do is confront them with truth and pray for God’s mercy leading to repentance.
Our President-elect may mean well and claims to be a practicing Christian. Bishop Robinson may be trying to bring unity and is sincere. But sincerity is not a test of truth! Their worldview is out of line with the Bible and God’s revealed will. Scripture says that will bring judgment, not blessing!
Our nation and new leadership need our prayers. We must pray to the one true God in order to be heard. We support them but do not agree with their worldview or choices. We voice our opinions with respect, but cannot change our belief for the sake of unity. We must live out our faith in our world in truth. We love those involved enough to confront with truth in love with prayer and tears for their repentance! When offered the choice, we vote for those who will stand for God’s will in this area. May God have mercy on our nation!