Homosexuality and Abortion - Cause vs. Effect
Most Christians would probably say that God disapproves of homosexuality and abortion, and that because of these specific corruptions God has given up on them. However, if you look at Romans 1, it's plain to see that these practices are the RESULT of God's giving them up, not the CAUSE. In the text, the Apostle Paul states that the cause of God's displeasure is that men do not honor Him. Therefore, God gives them up to pursue the foolishness which they count for wisdom, and this pursuit leads them directly to enumerated effects including (but not limited to) homosexuality and murder.
The next time you think that God seeks vengeance for the homosexual and abortionist fires raging throughout our society, ask yourself these questions:
- Are you reading God's Word daily?
- Do you confess your sins daily?
- Do you know the Gospel?
- Do you seek out, pray for, and preach to the lost?
The disaffection of modern society for the inherent sanctity of life and of marriage between man and woman is NOT THE CAUSE of the Church's present-day disorientation. It the RESULT of the Church's failure to give a proper answer to these questions.
So let's attack the causes of our society's moral disease rather than its victims and its symptoms. Let's re-engage our daily lives with the Order of Morning and Evening Prayer whose purpose is give God the honor that He desires of us.
The text (Romans 1):
Cause (vs 20-23):
"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things."
God gives them up (vs 24-25):
"Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen."
Effect (vs 26-32)
"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, covenant breakers, 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."