Not the “Same Love” as I Corinthians 13…

love fireIn a late night dinner conversation last night, my son and I were talking about blogs. We were doing that because he is having fun right now designing his own upcoming blog. I’m excited about his little drop in the blog ocean because it’s going to fill a niche that, as I look, I believe is currently empty. Now, that’s saying a lot, I know, but I don’t think it will be just another blog.

As we were talking, though, he said something I probably need to think about more. In essence, he said that you can’t just keep saying over and over in a blog how bad the world is. You have to acknowledge that things in America are really in a deplorable moral state and then you have to move on to some solutions and even some other topics. He said that your message will get stale if that’s all it ever is and, further, he said, “Who wants to just feast (in his mind) on depressing depravity day after day?” He’s right. We can’t live like that. Besides, there are just too many good people and too many exciting possibilities to be tethered to hopelessness.

So next time, something positive, I promise. Today, though, if you are a mom of teens, you need to know that the following song has made it this week to the number 11 spot on the Billboard charts in America. It does not surprise me that it’s been written and, although sad, it does not surprise me that it’s getting lots of airtime. But I am surprised that it can become one of the eleven most popular songs, across the board, in our country. It saddens me that its popularity has placed it on the playlist that will, most certainly, reach your children’s ears if they turn on any pop or top 40’s type radio station today. Lots of lyric “pundits” think it will top out at number one. Sad day.

I find it all the more dangerous because it uses (misuses) Scripture, the very words of the Holy Spirit of God, in the effort to normalize, even glorify the sin. If you are sanctified, it will make your heart sick to hear the Word thus inserted.

I just think you should know. Perhaps you can discuss these lyrics and the fallacies inherent with your teens at Family Bible Time. Maybe you can use this as a catalyst to discuss entertainment choices and the optional nature of entertainment, itself. Maybe you can discuss the ability Satan has to slowly erode the holiness of God’s people and how he uses the media to do that. Maybe you could talk about the homosexual agenda in America today and even discuss the impending probability that preaching from our pulpits from Romans One will soon be characterized as illegal “hate speech.” At least, I hope you can control the devices within your home to keep trash like this song from putting its not-so-subtle-anymore message of moral tolerance into the hearts of your teens and preteens.

It’s just a blatant reminder to Christian parents that we have to be extremely aware and persistent in Christian parenting. It’s the application of the word “diligently” in Deuteronomy 6:7. Never has there been a time in America when parents more desperately need to take any blinders off and be committed to giving our kids the tools needed to do battle with the devil. Here are the lyrics:

“Same Love”
(with Ryan Lewis)
(feat. Mary Lambert)

When I was in the third grade I thought that I was gay,
‘Cause I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight.
I told my mom, tears rushing down my face
She’s like “Ben you’ve loved girls since before pre-k, trippin’ ”
Yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she?
Bunch of stereotypes all in my head.
I remember doing the math like, “Yeah, I’m good at little league”
A preconceived idea of what it all meant
For those that liked the same sex
Had the characteristics
The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision
And you can be cured with some treatment and religion
Man-made rewiring of a predisposition
Playing God, aw nah here we go
America the brave still fears what we don’t know
And God loves all his children, is somehow forgotten
But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago
I don’t know

And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love
My love
My love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm

If I was gay, I would think hip-hop hates me
Have you read the YouTube comments lately?
“Man, that’s gay” gets dropped on the daily
We become so numb to what we’re saying
A culture founded from oppression
Yet we don’t have acceptance for ‘em
Call each other faggots behind the keys of a message board
A word rooted in hate, yet our genre still ignores it
Gay is synonymous with the lesser
It’s the same hate that’s caused wars from religion
Gender to skin color, the complexion of your pigment
The same fight that led people to walk outs and sit ins
It’s human rights for everybody, there is no difference!
Live on and be yourself
When I was at church they taught me something else
If you preach hate at the service those words aren’t anointed
That holy water that you soak in has been poisoned
When everyone else is more comfortable remaining voiceless
Rather than fighting for humans that have had their rights stolen
I might not be the same, but that’s not important
No freedom till we’re equal, d— right I support it

(I don’t know)

And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
My love
My love
My love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm

We press play, don’t press pause
Progress, march on
With the veil over our eyes
We turn our back on the cause
Till the day that my uncles can be united by law
When kids are walking ’round the hallway plagued by pain in their heart
A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are
And a certificate on paper isn’t gonna solve it all
But it’s a d— good place to start
No law is gonna change us
We have to change us
Whatever God you believe in
We come from the same one
Strip away the fear
Underneath it’s all the same love
About time that we raised up

And I can’t change
Even if I tried
Even if I wanted to
And I can’t change
Even if I try
Even if I wanted to
My love
My love
My love
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm
She keeps me warm

Love is patient
Love is kind
Love is patient
Love is kind
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind
(I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind
(I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
(not crying on Sundays)
Love is kind
(I’m not crying on Sundays)
Love is patient
Love is kind

The Room Is Getting Smaller (and the elephant, larger)

What the Supreme Court did in striking down a significant portion of the Defense of Marriage Act and declaring Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional is egregious. It’s appalling to me that the country has so quickly moved from tolerating the sin of homosexuality to embracing it to celebrating it. Conviction about the sinfulness of homosexuality makes me loathe the ruling. But much more is at stake than the ruling about the legality of homosexuality in California.

What’s alarming about the ruling is that the Supreme Court has usurped the rights of states to continue to legally define marriage in the way that it has been defined by virtually all societies in all periods of history. All it takes now is for one determined homosexual couple in each state to sue said state for marriage “rights.” The precedent has been set and, thus, every state legislature and every lower court can already see the writing on the wall. In fact, it can already see the writing on the marriage certificate of any homosexual couple that pushes the envelope. It’s a sad day for people who hold to Biblical moral values. We live in a land in which the Supreme Court ruled, not only against the majority vote of the state of California, but, in ruling against DOMA overturned the law duly enacted by her sister branches in the federal government: the United States House of Representatives, the United States Congress and the Presidency of the United States. As Justice Scalia noted in his scathing dissenting opinion:

“Laying such a charge against them (the legislative and executive branches of U.S. government cc) should require the most extraordinary evidence, and I would have thought that every attempt would be made to indulge a more anodyne explanation for the statute.”

We should brace ourselves. Homosexual marriage is now coming to all states. Further, without some unforeseen change in the make-up of the high court, we should get used to the fact that the power of our state legislatures and courts has been stripped by five of those nine justices in Washington. Of course, this has not happened overnight, but, in my judgement, this is the most blatant power grab to date. The U.S. system of checks and balances simply does not work if the judicial branch takes upon itself the authority to “interpret” the Constitution with motives other than justice. The majority this weekend had another motive. In the words of Scalia, “the only motive for this act was the bare . . . desire to harm a politically unpopular group.” That group, sadly, would be those of us who define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. We have been codified by the majority in the Supreme Court as “enemies of the human race.”

The elephant in the room, of course, is the fact that, if homosexual marriage had been the “norm” all along…if that’s what people had done throughout the centuries in virtually all societies rather than procreation between husbands and wives…I say, if that’s what people had done, there would be no human race. But then it’s not popular to notice elephants in rooms. It’s not popular to talk about them. But elephants don’t just stand around in rooms. Pretty soon they wreak havoc and soon the room is not fit for human cohabitation. Christians should stop tip-toeing around the elephant. He’s already beginning to smell pretty bad.

Scalia, one more time, on the great lengths to which the majority went to push a social agenda:

“All that, simply for supporting an act that did no more than codify an aspect of marriage that had been unquestioned in our society for most of its existence — indeed, had been unquestioned in virtually all societies for virtually all of human history. It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humanigeneris, enemies of the human race.”

Homosexuality: A Culture of Courage?

Jason-CollinsThe thing that bothers me most about the recent “coming out” of NBA player Jason Collins is what is being inferred without being said. Every time he is called courageous, someone is being called a persecutor. That someone is me. It’s you. It’s any Christian.

Courage, according to the New Oxford Dictionary, is the ability to do something that frightens one. Of whom, if anyone, should Collins be frightened? Not the civil authorities. The highest civil authority in our nation, Barack Obama, has applauded his decision and commended his “courage.” Should he be afraid of the culture in which we live? Absolutely not. Our culture bends over backwards to exhibit tolerance (which has come to mean approval) to homosexuals. He knew Hollywood and CNN would have nothing but praise for Him before he spoke. So, for what situation, if any, would Collins need courage?

It is only those who are convicted of the truth of passages like Romans 1: 26-28, who will still speak against the sin of homosexuality. Barack Obama, media liberals and Hollywood icons would turn us into the villains, those to fear. Hear God on the subject:

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;
and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.

It is not courageous to stand against God and be coddled by a wicked society. The result of Collins’ announcement was not shame. It was fame! It was not persecution. It was prestige.

Mark my words. The oppressed ones today are not those who come out of the closet. The persecution is now beginning for those who cling to the cross. When it becomes “hate speech” to read from Romans 1 in a public assembly, gospel preaching will shortly become illegal. The hostility toward Christians will have begun in earnest and, like the three Hebrews in Daniel 3, we will be forced to choose between conveniently melting into the culture and being persecuted for Him. The Romans 1 gladiator culture was not pretty, but it is quite possibly coming our way. May the truly courageous be in prayer and preparation for the upcoming trials. They have a way of helping us “wait on the Lord,” learning dependence and perseverance. May He be with us.

Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the LORD! Psalm 31:24

 

What the Average Joe in Europe Thinks of the US and Why

Recently while I was out of town, I had to see a doctor in an urgent care clinic. As unpleasant as that experience was, it had a couple of bright spots. One was that this doctor quickly identified the problem and prescribed a remedy that worked almost immediately. Another was the opportunity that I had to talk to him about our family’s mission. He was particularly interested in my work with teen girls through “Pure on Purpose” and various purity days and girls’ camps. Turns out he’s about to become married to a woman who has a pre-teen daughter. He was very interested in obtaining some of our materials and sharing them with his wife-to-be. So I will be making a more pleasant trip later back to his office to deliver them.

The toughest part of my office visit that day was a point in conversation when this Italian Catholic immigrant physician told me that  he was enjoying living in the USA far more than he ever expected. “You see, in Europe,” he said, “it is very easy to believe that everyone in America approves of sex outside of marriage and other forms of immorality. You have to actually come over here to realize that the media’s portrayal is incorrect and that there really are many God-fearing people in the U.S.”

Imagine that! I had never really thought about what sort of picture I would have of my native land if all I had on which to base my impressions was television and other forms of mass media. How sad that so many people all over the world believe, as did this man, that Americans are, by and large, base and vile people–unethical and unprincipled.

This brings me to the belief I have long held that television influences people rather than accurately portraying them. The “which comes first, chicken or egg” dilemma when it comes to television and immorality finds its answer, I believe, in this man’s observation. We are not nearly so vile in America as we are portrayed during prime time. Every other word is not a curse word. Every other house is not home to homosexuals and every other twelve year old is not sexually active—yet.  Hundreds of murders are not yet occurring weekly in your neighborhood. It’s still your television screen where that’s happening.

But we aren’t running too many years behind prime time. Chances are, if we are seeing it now, it won’t be long till we are living it. If our kids are vegetating in front of very violent video games, to the point of dangerous addictions, their tendencies to be violent will increase. If they hear the Lord’s name taken in vain hundreds of times in acceptable settings on the screen, they will become tolerant to, then anesthetized by, then involved in the sin. That’s just the way it works.

“Television doesn’t have much of an impact on behavior,” you say? Try telling that to corporations which are spending millions of dollars for a thirty-second spot during a major sporting event. They’ve got their money on the opposite theory. Let’s start living and parenting in the real world…a world that’s often manipulated by the unreal world of television.

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So What Happened?

“His Excellency, the Commander in Chief approves the sentence and with Abhorrence and detestation of such Infamous Crimes, orders Lieutt. Enslin to be drummed out of Camp tomorrow morning by all the Drummers and Fifers in the army never to return…”(Arnebeck)

These words, penned on March 10, 1778 by George Washington, compose the general court martial of Lieutenant Frederick Gotthold Enslin for the crimes of attempted sodomy and false reporting. It was 250 years ago and America was a group of young colonies fighting for independence.  Homosexuality was criminal behavior in all thirteen colonies. The colonies became states and the penalty for homosexual behavior was death in four of those colonies. Thomas Jefferson was soon to author a bill in his home state of Virginia advocating dismemberment as the penalty for homosexuality (Miller, p.51).

“We’re going to make sure that nothing stands in the way of loving couples, gay or straight, to adopt children.”

These are the words of Hillary Clinton spoken to the Human Rights Campaign on March 4, 2007 (Carpenter).

Both of the above statements emanated from popular leaders of their times. Both leaders were unashamed of their respective stances on the subject of homosexuality. And both leaders, as they expressed these sentiments, were prospective future Presidents of the United States of America.

So what happened between 1778 and 2007 in the moral evolution of our nation? What can occur in a mere six or seven generations that results in such polar movement in respected philosophy? More relevant, is there something that we, as Christian women could have done to prevent the moral landslide that has occurred? Most important, is it too late?
It is very late. Sesame Street now has a young character who has two daddies. A quick Google search of high school homosexuality brings to your computer screen a YOUTUBE video in which two high school guys, both of which are good looking jockey types, find their way to a quiet meeting place before school starts one morning. In the course of their conversation together, you hear that they are gay, that they both care deeply for one another, but one of them is afraid to let others know about the relationship. By the end of the six minute clip, you hear all of the convincing reasons that no one should be ashamed of sexual orientation. In a touching triumphant climax, the hesitant young man grabs the hand of his partner in full view of a large group of students and the clip ends with a passionate kiss between the two.  A high school is acknowledged in the credits for assistance in the production of this very gay-friendly video (Orloff). Many school systems across our nation are training school children in “tolerance” of “alternate lifestyles” using techniques that are coercive in nature to promote favorable attitudes toward same sex marriage (Throckmorton, p.3). The mainstream media routinely makes heroes and heroines of those who “bravely come out” and proudly display homosexual behavior. We watched as Elton John, Ellen DeGeneres and other icons in the entertainment industry were applauded for their “honesty” and “bravery” when they announced their homosexuality. Then we watched as their popularity increased and their fan bases broadened.  Fifteen years ago, gay rights groups were invited to participate, for the first time, in the inaugural parade for the incoming President of the United States.
As a Christian, I stopped watching almost all network television. I stopped supporting several companies because of their commitment to the homosexual community’s agenda. I voted for candidates who opposed the legalization of gay marriages. I spoke in women’s forums about God’s definition of  family. I diligently taught my children the scriptures about how God views homosexuality and even required them to do research from social, scientific, historical, and medical perspectives about homosexuality. After all, I am a Christian and all Christian parents have got to be battling our culture’s acceptance of this sin, right?
And then one Wednesday night while teaching a teen girls’ Bible class, the truth about the culture’s effect on the church began to illuminate my naivety.  “But Mrs. Cindy, you know there are guys at my school who just naturally look and act homosexual….It’s just part of their built-in personality. Don’t you think maybe they were just born that way?”…and “Mrs. Cindy, I just don’t think some people can help it. Sometimes they may not get to pick how they want to be.”  Shortly after that class, one of my dear sisters in Christ was devastated when her twenty- year-old son came home and announced to his devoted Christian parents “I am gay.”

These events and shocking statements from those brought up in the Lord’s church brought me face to face with a stark reality: It is past time that we turned back to the Book for the answers our kids so desperately need in a society that applauds what God calls “vile affections” (Rom.1:26 ). Our teen Bible classes should address the issue and study conclusively Genesis 19, Leviticus18:22-30, Romans 1, and I Corinthians 6:9,10 among other passages that so plainly condemn homosexuality. But if our classes are failing our children, we as parents must be ever more vigilant. Instilling respect for the authority of the Word begins when our children are toddlers and as they mature, we read it, love it, and dissect it together. We must obtain and faithfully use the resources with which God has blessed us to actively vie for the very souls of our children. Remember, the devil is on the prowl (I Peter 5:8). He is active in his pursuit of your children and the relativism of our culture that demands their acceptance of sin is one of his most successful modern ploys.

While never underestimating the power of the Word alone, we do well as mothers to show our children the omniscience of God by pointing out external evidences as well. We teach truth through historical evidence. Books such as “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” by Edward Gibbon will show your children the price to be paid in the stamina of nations as they suffer the consequences of departures from Biblical standards of morality. We teach from scientific evidence. Your children should know that there is no evidence for any homosexual gene although millions of dollars were spent in The Human Genome Project searching for that evidence (Harrub). We teach from the medical perspective. As politically incorrect as it may sound, your teens should be aware that the AIDS epidemic would not exist were it not for the practice of homosexuality.

We teach from cultural evidence. You can prepare your children for the world’s barrage of lies about homosexuality. They will face these cleverly devised myths in their teenage worlds. Since no genetic reason for homosexuality can be found, gay activists would have us believe that large percentages of the population are homosexuals. It lends credence to any constituency when the public believes the constituency is large. So, on many advocacy websites you will read that one in 10 Americans is homosexual.  But, in truth, the most widely accepted study of sexual practices in the U.S. is the National Health and Social Life Survey. (Thirty-one pro-homosexual groups have admitted the credibility of this survey.) In the NHSLS study the findings were quite a contrast. 2.8% of the male populace identify themselves as homosexuals and only 1.4% of the female population claim to be lesbians. The study also showed that a scant 0.9% of men and 0.4 % of women reported exclusively having same sex partners since the age of 18. When you subtract those who have also engaged in heterosexual activity, the figure leaves you with less than half of one percent who actually claim to be 100% homosexual (Laumann). If we were writing these ratios into a sitcom, we would need 199 heterosexual characters before we would write in one single character who was exclusively homosexual (Harrub). But the devil is the father of lies and he would love for us to believe that every other house on our street has a responsible homosexual hero inside.

Secondly, in the absence of genetic evidence, advocates have touted a list of “vulnerabilities” of those who are homosexuals. According to the group Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, suicide is the number one cause of death in homosexual teens. They tell us that homosexuals make up 20-40% of the homeless community in the U.S. and that 50% of teen homosexuals report that they are rejected by parents. Fifty-five percent of homosexual men have suffered from alcohol abuse. Twenty eight percent of young homosexuals are high school drop-outs. They report high incidences of harassment toward the homosexual community in our schools and a lack of programs to “support gay and lesbian youth.”  And, as if expecting all readers to join hands with them in an amazing leap of faith, they tell us that 78% of hate crimes toward homosexuals are not reported to anyone (PFLAG). (If they are not reported to anyone, what is the source of the percentage given?!)
Then, at the end of a two page list of bad things that homosexuals must deal with every day, the question is posed, “Why would anyone CHOOSE to be a homosexual?” At first, the reasoning seems logical. After all, I don’t want to be a part of a culture that is characterized by lots of suicidal, addicted, harassed and rejected human beings. But the logic is also flawed. Do you think that the lives of cocaine addicts are riddled with violence, depression, desperation and sometimes suicide? Of course, they are. Do we thus conclude that cocaine addiction is resultant from an imposed orientation rather than a choice, at some point, to try cocaine? After all, why would anyone use cocaine, when the lives of addicts are so tormented? I know people who are homeless, rejected by peers and family members–people who are afraid for their lives because they gambled away the blessings of material prosperity. Do I conclude that, because these people are miserable in this lifestyle, that they didn’t make deliberate choices that directed them to such? Of course, my friends who are alcoholics and gamblers would not choose the degrading consequences of their behaviors. But many of them continue to choose to engage in the same behavior that placed them in these desperate situations in the first place.

The fact is, sin is a hard taskmaster. We are tempted, sometimes in strong, compelling ways. Some temptations are particularly strong for certain individuals. Environment, personality and circumstances affect our abilities to resist. But God cannot be tempted by evil nor does he tempt man to sin (James 1:13). Once we first rationalize our way into addictive sin, we sometimes continue down paths of self destruction. But the responsibility for initial sin and for its continuation lies with the sinner.  This truth spans all cultures and social strata. It is eternal truth and, just like the devil’s lies, it permeates and influences best when planted in the hearts of children at early ages. What has happened between the lifetime of George Washington and that of Hillary Clinton cannot be changed. What happens on our watch as mothers in America will be decisive in the future of our country and the eternal destinies of our children.

This post first published in Christian Woman, Gospel Advocate Publications, Nashville, TN
 
Recommended Resources for Teaching Children and Teens:
www.apologeticspress.org an invaluable website containing a wide array of informative articles from both Biblical and scientific perspectives.
Does God Love Michael’s Two Daddies, by Sheila Butt. Available from Apologetics Press.
Sexual Anarchy, by Dr. Dave Miller, Available from Apologetics Press.
Persecution, By David Limbaugh, Regnery Publishing, Inc.

Sources Cited:
Arnebeck, Bob George Washington and Homosexuality, www.geocities.com/bobarnebeck/gwhomo.html
Carpenter, Amanda B. (2007), Hillary’s Speech to Gay Rights Group, Calls Marriage Amendment “Mean Spirited”, www.himanevents.com/rightangle/index.php
Harrub, Brad and Dave Miller (2004)  This is the Way God Made Me—A Scientific Examination of Homosexuality and the “Gay Gene”, www.apologeticspress.org/articles/2553.
Laumann, Edward O., John H. Gagnon, Robert T. Michael, and Stuart Michaels,(1992), National Health and Social Life Survey, www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/ISPR/STUDY?06647.xml
Miller, Dave (2006), Sexual Anarchy, (Montgomery, AL, Apologetics Press).
Orloff, Living Lives www.youtube.com.,PFLAG Phoenix, www.pflagphoenix.org/education/youth-stats.html
Throckmorton, Warren, Gary Welton and Mike Ingram (2004), Same Sex “Marriage” and Schools: Critical Review of the GSLEN Same-Sex “Marriage” Curriculum, (Grove City, PA, Carolina Maud Publishing).

It’s LGBT Pride Month in this Year of our Lord 2010??

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2010 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month by fighting prejudice and discrimination in their own lives and everywhere it exists.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
BARACK OBAMA
For the full text of the proclamation, which is not short of blasphemous, visit the link below. Remember that Christians who stand opposed to the the practice of homosexuality also stand opposed to hatred, all criminal activity, prejudice and violence. The opposition to the practice of homosexuality and the opposition to hateful attitudes and activities are not mutually exclusive. As a matter of fact, when reading the bottom of Romans one, it is striking that the sins of hatred, murder, strife, pride, insolence, haughtiness, invention of evil things, and being void of understanding and mercy are all listed right along with the sin of homosexuality. We can love sinners and hate sin. That is the essence of the gospel. It is the crux of God’s offer of remission for the penitent.
It is interesting that, in the proclamation of June as LGBT Pride Month, President Obama closed with the date marked by the phrase “in the year of our Lord two thousand ten.” In stating the calendar date, every American, every day, makes reference to the fact that Jesus lived. When we go so far as to refer to it as “the year of our Lord,” we concede His existence, His incarnation, and His Lordship. President Obama did all of that as he pronounced a month of pride in what the Bible refers to as “vile affection” (Romans 1:26). He conceded all those truths as he endorsed fully the lifestyle that God said was a death style (Romans 1:32). He proclaimed a respectful tribute specifically for those who commit the sin of homosexuality. He “has pleasure in them that do this” (Romans 1:32), and he calls upon us as citizens to applaud them. God says when we do take pleasure in people who commit this sin (among others), we ourselves are worthy of death. He might as well proclaim a month for “Covetousness Pride” or “Murder Pride” or “Covenant-Breakers Pride” (verses 29-31).
It’s further interesting that he then dated the proclamation in the year of the Independence of the United States, the two hundred and thirty-fourth. In thinking about these two methods of dating the document, several things come to mind.
  1. The first method of dating has been in use some ten times as long as the second and is recognized all around the world.
  2. The second method of dating will come to a state of irrelevance one day if the earth stands long enough, because no earthly kingdom or republic is permanent.
  3. The first method of dating will have relevance till the referenced Lord returns. He was the beginning of that calendar system and He will be the end of it, as well as of all measured time.
  4. That Lord referenced by President Obama will be the one with whom Obama and you and I will come face to face on that great day when measured time has ended. He is the one Who will decide whether or not we are worthy of death on that day in which eternity begins.
  5. Following the very last date marked by and as “the year of our Lord” there will never be another pronouncement of pride in sin, for every knee shall bow to God in that day (Romans 14:11).

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them (Romans 1: 26-32).