President Trump’s recent tweet regarding a ban on transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military has caused quite a stir.
While conservatives applauded this decision, others protested and made scathing remarks. Without question, there will be more resistance to come.
But in reality this is just one of several governmental decisions that have caused a bigger stir in Heaven’s Court of Justice. Just a few years ago the U. S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages in all 50 states. While it would be ludicrous to say that if the Lord doesn’t soon judge America He would owe Sodom and Gomorrah an apology, it seems reasonable for Christians to wonder “if America’s time has run out.”
Because we know that God is of “purer eyes than to behold iniquity” and that He is long-suffering toward sinners, there must be a line that He has drawn in the sand. Several biblical passages come to mind whenever God told man “that’s enough”!
When the Lord created Adam and blessed him, placing him in a perfect environment He gave Adam one prohibition: “Do not eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” (Genesis 2:17).
The consequence for disobeying God’s Word would cause both spiritual and physical death. Today every person entering this life will suffer and die because of this consequence. Even though Adam repented of his sin, he had crossed the line and it was “too late.”
The second occasion is when God sent a worldwide flood (Genesis 6:3). Noah obeyed the Lord by building the Ark and preaching for 120 years that God would judge man’s sins by sending a flood. At the end of the 120 years, God “shut the door” of mercy and it was “too late” (Genesis 7:16). Man once again had crossed God’s line of mercy and judgment came.
In Daniel’s day, King Belshazzar had ignored and even made light of God’s warning given 100 years before. God had warned Israel through Jeremiah’s preaching that during a sinful drunken feast He would destroy Judah (Jeremiah 51:36-39, Daniel 5:22-31). That night, without any further warning, God’s finger broke through the plaster on the wall and wrote a message to the king. God told Belshazzar his time was up and “it’s now too late” to change. The line had been drawn in the sand.
All of creation is under a divine curse and evil men are getting worse. In Jesus’ day, the religious crowd rejected Him and the “light” He provided. Since then, man has continued to move further away and is now in a dangerous place. Since the Supreme Court’s decision, sin has escalated to open defiance and rebellion to God and His Word.
As seen in the above three biblical accounts, God withdrew His mercy and judgment fell. In the first one, Adam and Eve repented of their sin, but the consequences still continued. In Noah’s day, eight souls believed God and were saved, but the multitude died. In Daniel’s day, there weren’t any survivors. It appears that the KEY to surviving death and judgment is to obey God’s Word!
God’s Word is very clear and condemns the sin of homosexuality and all other sexual perversions.
So as a serious minded Christian and a U.S. citizen, what should be my position regarding the Supreme Court’s decision?
Because of the Bible’s teachings I believe that this lifestyle is gross sin and an offense to a holy God who created man and woman and has joined together one man to one woman for life. Marriage is a divine institution and isn’t up for opinions or alterations by man or government.
Being “gay or transgender tolerant” isn’t an option for me and neither should it be for any born again believer. However, I choose to be “friendly” toward gays and transgenders, and I love their souls. They are human beings in need of a savior as I once was. It was for sinners (all kinds of sinners) that Jesus left the glories of Heaven and came to this sin-cursed Earth to suffer, bleed and die (Luke 19:10). The acceptance of Jesus as one’s savior will first necessitate that person’s repentance of his sin, then as a new creature in Christ he will need to connect to a strong, loving church family, read his Bible and pray daily.
Only the Lord knows when He will say to America “that’s it!”
I must take my stand, and pray for God to work in the hearts of our leaders and citizens, and cry out for God’s mercy. Here I stand!
* Dr. Bruce Dickerson is pastor of Clear View Baptist Church in Franklinville. Contact: email@example.com