“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29
Biblically speaking, there are two times, and only two times when it is necessary for the children of God to disregard, disobey, and defy the laws of the land and simply refuse to obey their government: 1.) When the government by law forbids someone from obeying God – Daniel’s praying against the law that forbade it; 2.) When the government by law forces someone to disobey God – Hananiah, Azariah, and Meshael, (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) being forced to bow to a false god. Only when the circumstances fit within the framework of those scriptural principles can a child of God rightly and flatly refuse to obey the laws of the government ruling over them.
I have never seen a time in our nation when either one of those scenarios were the case. To my limited knowledge there has never been a time, when I, anyone I know, or anyone I have heard of, was forced into disobeying the God of the Bible. Conversely, to my limited knowledge there has never been a time when I, anyone I know, or anyone I have heard of was forbidden from obeying God. Within the scope of my vision frontwards, backwards and all around I have never seen either of those cases play out in our society . . . until now.
Though not here yet, we are standing on the cliff of Government Run Faith. Of course we have seen government run health-care on the front porch of the evening news for a while now. Government regulations grip every industry from education and finance to bean sprouts, pot holes, and outhouses. If what is happening over the law being passed in Indiana is any indication of the direction and mood of those wanting the government to regulate body fat, and hairstyles, the next big thing is government approved belief.
The central issue in those shouting the accusations of discrimination is the fact that they cannot and will not stand for someone believing a particular behavior is wrong. As one commentator said, “No one would dare expect a black baker to prepare cupcakes for a KKK rally.” Why then on earth would someone expect a Bible believing Christian to endorse a gay marriage?
Regardless of how loud it gets said, how long they say it, or how many people chime in, in agreement, the scenario they present of a Christian florist refusing flowers for a gay couple is not now, nor has it ever been, nor will it ever be discrimination. It is discernment, conviction, and belief based on the Word of God not to aid and abet a sin that has always been, and always will be a sin. It is not bigotry, it is not hatred, it is not intolerance. We do not provide alcohol to alcoholics, we do not carry people with gambling problems to casinos, we do not drive get away cars for bank-robbers.
Acting upon homosexual attraction is not acceptable to the God of creation. It is not okay, it is not to be embraced, applauded, aided or abetted. From what God has said to man, it is morally illegal, it is spiritually illegal, it is eternally illegal, it is outright bona fide, sin. Period. That is the end of the subject for Christians, and it will never, ever, ever, change. As I have said before, if God said something different, then every Bible believing Christian in the world would say something different. We do not take our cues from “how we are born” we take our cues from “What God has said.”
If those who’s tolerance is a one-way street would speak in plain honest language, what they would says is, “You are not allowed to believe what you believe, and you are not allowed to behave according to that belief. You cannot believe the Bible, you cannot obey the Bible, and you cannot proclaim what you say the Bible says.” Of course that’s my words in their mouths, but that is what I’m hearing from those who have more heat than light.
According to the direction of the mood of this country, the heart of their heat, and their hate is aimed at regulating what Americans are allowed to believe. It is not socially acceptable to “believe gay marriage is wrong.” If that course of thinking continues to be fertilized and fed, it will not be long before it is not legally acceptable to continue to “behave” with the conviction that gay marriage is wrong. Changes are definitely coming, and they are the kind that are not worth making.