The federal court judge ruled that the laws preventing the couple from doing exactly as they wished were “irrational.” I guess so if you’re basing your ruling on emotion or even reason. I found myself understanding completely how U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade could come to such a conclusion if she were ruled by no higher authority than her own opinion.
America’s founding fathers set up our government by the people and for the people. They didn’t want to be enslaved by an earthly king any longer. They believed that too much power in the hands of one human being is never a good thing. Humans are generally ruled by lust and greed unless they are ruled by something greater than themselves. Knowing this, they developed a system of checks and balances so that one branch of government wouldn’t end up with too much power.
Federal court judges were never meant to base their rulings on emotion, reason, or opinion. They were to base their rulings on law and precedent. Even though the State of Alabama overwhelmingly agrees with what is written in God’s Word, the Bible, about marriage and family, Granade’s decision seems to be based on something else, certainly not the law because she overturned the law that our elected state legislators had made.
Where did her decision come from? Her heart? The Bible tells us that the heart is deceitful above all things. (Jeremiah 17:9) We could justify all manner of evil if we allowed our hearts and minds to rule us. So where does truth come from? Jesus said, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31) He further explained that it’s sin that enslaves us. He came so that sin would no longer have dominion over us. It wouldn’t have to rule us in the way that it had before. God had already taught us through the Bible what sin is, but we couldn’t seem to let go of it, and so sacrifices had to be made. Jesus gave His life for this reason.
A human being is more than flesh and blood. There’s a lot more to us than than that. Yes, there’s reason and logic, memory and emotion, talents and skills, but there’s even more. It’s the soul that makes us alive, and it’s our spirit within that can have fellowship with our Maker, God. The Bible tells us that people were created in the image of God, meaning that we are like Him in some ways. The Bible also tells us how human beings came to be separated from God and how we can be reunited with Him once again. The Bible is filled with explanations. It explains what is good, right, and just, and it explains what is not.
Most people believe in God. He made us that way. He made us to have fellowship with Himself, to know Him, to believe in Him. But God is holy. He’s pure. There is no darkness in Him at all. But man chose to live in darkness instead of the light of truth. This is also explained in the Bible. Scripture has been highly valued and treasured as truth throughout all of humanity. Men and women of old gave their lives to preserve it, handing it down to future generations, translating it into the native tongues of the world, reading it, memorizing it, meditating on it day and night because it was treasured above all earthly knowledge or possession.
Do we understand what a treasure we have in the Bible? It is God’s revealed truth to humanity. Do we cherish this in the way that we should? I hesitate to think what our world would look like without it. I daresay we would have destroyed ourselves long ago. God’s Word brings law and order where chaos and destruction would otherwise reign. Do we dare discard it in our day? Do we dare give ourselves over to the lusts of the flesh, the indignities of our depraved minds? Where would our hope be? Would every enjoyment come from what we can see and hear and touch with our hands and our bodies?
True joy comes from deep within. It is a fruit of the Holy Spirit of God within a person. If circumstances determined my joy, I’m afraid I wouldn’t find much of it. It’s the peace I have in knowing that there’s more than what I can see and touch and hear and taste and experience here in this life. I know there’s more. God’s Word tells me that, and I believe it. I don’t make this stuff up, and you can’t either. No one can. Truth is truth. There is no other.
The Bible says, “Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine.” (1 Timothy 1:8-10) It also says that “the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by unrighteousness suppress the truth… For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature…” (Romans 1:18-26)
Scripture makes it clear that homosexuality isn’t lawful. It is a sin based on the lust of the flesh. According to these passages, it is “contrary to sound doctrine” and is a “dishonorable passion.” It is lumped in there with several others sins such as murder and lying. If we begin to make laws according to the desires of the flesh instead of what is truly lawful in God’s eyes according to His Word, then He will give us over to our sin to be destroyed by it. (Romans 1:18-32)
Many people see this as a human rights issue and liken it to the Civil Rights Movement or even to slavery. The problem with that is that God says, in these very passages, that “enslavers” are also contrary to God’s law. The Civil Rights Movement wasn’t in any way sinful. It sought dignity and honor for a race of people, created by and for God just as any other. This is not the same thing at all. This is about a society that has become dishonorable, reckless, does not acknowledge God as Supreme, nor gives any authority to His Word. The bottom line is that we don’t, we won’t, acknowledge sin as sin. For this reason, the wrath of God is coming. God help us.