When the Bible Can Define Love but Can’t Define Sin: Brief Thoughts on the SCOTUS Decision

Love is in the air today; it’s all over the place. Christians, however, ought not to expect to get any of it. Our cultural toboggan is no longer racing full speed ahead down an icy, slippery slope. We are officially over the edge and have entered free fall.

In today’s landmark (and expected) decision, marriage has officially been legally profaned. Pastor Jon Speed reminded us not to be surprised; this is the same institution that legalized the chopping up of little babies years ago. Why would a moral conscience be expected now? What is going on right now in the social media is people “calling evil good” and calling circles squares. Gay mirage is now legally not a mirage.

This post is not to establish the biblical position of the Bible on marriage or even sexuality. I already have a paper over twenty pages that attempts to do that, and resources like The Same Sex Controversy and Can You Be Gay and Christian by Dr. James White and Dr. Michael Brown respectively are wonderful resources.

I would just like to share some of the personal thoughts I had today after reading of the decision:

Love

There is a lot of talk about “love” on the internet right now. The problem is, the demand for love only goes one way.

We Christians are being challenged to be “loving” and “accepting” and “tolerant”. However, do you think, do you really think, that when the shock waves of this atom bomb decision begin to sweep across our lives, that we will be given the same love and acceptance in return?

Do you think that when a Christian bakery begs the homosexual couple to just please go to a bakery that is happy to assist their wedding guilt free, that they will show the Christians love and acceptance?

Do you think that when a pastor comes across Romans 1, 1 Corinthians 6, Genesis 2, Matthew 19, Lev. 18, Titus, or another other biblical text that addresses this issue, the civil magistrate will show him any love or acceptance?

Do you think the Christian pastor, when approached to perform a same-sex mirage in his own church, when he mercifully begs the couple to lovingly allow him to his own convictions in peace, they will walk next door to the church that would happily wed them?

The SCOTUS decision was made today, but a track record has been established already. And the answer is a resounding NO.

Christians will get none of the lovefest. We will receive nothing. Our beliefs, actions and convictions are not part of this new “accept everyone as they are” revolution.

We have always been officially what Peter calls in 1 Peter, “exiles”, but are now legally that too.

What the culture means by “it’s all about love” is actually “it’s all about US”. Our beliefs and opinions will not matter. They don’t matter.

The second offensive thing in regards to all the love floating around our nation is how many people are quoting Bible verses to express the thought.

If you read my last post, you will notice the broken record. How could someone possibly quote a Bible verse to support their definition of love? What is actually happening is people are smuggling in their definition of “love” into the Biblical author’s mouths. If the Bible is authoritative enough to support our belief about loving people, why is not authoritative enough to establish the moral rules for human sexuality or marriage?

Apparently the Bible can define love, but it can’t define sin. 

Why is Mark 12:30-31 and John 13:34 more inspired than Romans 1: 18-32 or Matthew 19: 1-6?

Christians, this is about standards. Our culture thinks there is a standard above God which allows them to pick and choose what in the Bible is true and good and that which is not. And what is that standard? Themselves. They are. And Romans 1 called that a long time ago. As Turretinfan said, “Scriptures and sad experience demonstrate that if Christians do not legislate morality, the world will legislate immorality.

How Should We Respond?:

The first thing is prayer. Perhaps Christians need to care enough about this issue to pray.

1 Timothy 2: 1-4

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-29702B" data-link="(B)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>dignified in every way. This is good, and <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-29703C" data-link="(C)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>it is pleasing in the sight of <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-29703D" data-link="(D)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>God our Savior, who desires <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-29704E" data-link="(E)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>all people to be saved and <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-29704F" data-link="(F)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>to come to <span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-29704G" data-link="(G)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>the knowledge of the truth.“

The emphasis is mine. Paul commands Timothy to pray, specifically for the categories of men that include human authorities. And why does Paul instruct Timothy to do this? Well, for two reasons:

The latter reason he gives is that God desires men and women in those positions to be saved (thus we should too).

But the former reason is so that Christians can live peaceful lives.

In other words, there is nothing wrong with desiring our civil magistrates to establish laws so that we can be freely Christian. It is not a lack of faith or trust in government to desire our government be in a position that we are free to peacefully live quiet Christian lives. Especially in light of what Paul had just said to Timothy in 1 Timothy 1: 8-11 that God’s Law is for sinners. Paul doesn’t believe God’s Law is for Christians to hold in their arms as they sleep through night. It’s for the world. And our culture has abandoned it.
I believe part of why we are where we are in this country is that we (and I am included in that plural noun) have neglected this command to pray for our rulers too often. We have broken this command. I have spent far more time criticizing my government (which we ought to do) than I have praying for it (which we ought to do much more). We are partially at fault here.

The next thing we can do is raise Godly children.

My niece was just recently born. My sister sent me a text message speaking of how sad she is when she thinks about the culture her daughter will grow up in.

We need warriors to rise from the rainbow colored ashes. We need to raise a generation of Christians who know their Bibles and love their neighbors. They must be ready to lovingly and peacefully stand up to the culture with the defense of the faith and the truth of the Gospel.

And that culture starts with us. It is our job to prepare them to do that. And we must become those things if we are to pass-on those things. We must be prepared to love and share the truth.


Jesus is still King. Rejoice in all things.

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