One of my Facebook friends posted a comment supporting the Supreme Court decision to allow gay marriage in all fifty states. He gushed that gays could now enjoy the same happiness as straight couples. He then encouraged a relative to go ahead and tie the knot with his life partner. So, according to this friend’s ideology, happiness trumps holiness.
Both the Old and New Testament condemn homosexuality as an abomination, with Romans chapter one declaring,
“Men committed indecent acts with other men and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.” (Romans 1:27)
The word penalty speaks of discipline or as the dictionary defines:
a punishment imposed for breaking a law, rule, or contract
Happiness does not spring from discipline and punishment.
I Corinthians 6:9-10 delivers this dire warning,
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God
The Apostle Paul gives a list of the types of people who won’t be in Heaven. One of the heartbreaking consequences of living a life ignoring God and His Word is eternal separation from God. Claiming happiness as a reason for same sex marriage ignores God’s condemnation of the act and of the consequential eternal hell for those who ignore the Word of God and His plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. I Peter 1:15-16 dispels this idea that happy living should be the outcome for every person’s life, no matter if the chosen life contradicts God’s will.
Note: Holiness trumps happiness.
Maybe this analogy helps. Imagine for a moment small children playing with a lighter and sticks of dynamite. Every time the flame jumps to life, the children giggle. They believe the sticks of dynamite to be large fireworks, so they fear no consequences. You happen by. You see the kids, the lighter, and the dynamite and you know the potential outcome. Now, do you walk on and ignore the scene because the kids are happy? Do you encourage them to find additional lighters because it will add more fun? Do you say,
“Listen, I don’t necessarily agree with what you’re doing, but you look happy. That’s all that matters.”
The Bible shares a warning for those who fail to alert people living outside the will of God:
“Son of man, I have appointed you a watchman to the house of Israel; whenever you hear a word from My mouth, warn them from Me. 18“When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.…”(Ezekiel 3:17-18)
If we sit by silently and embrace the “live and let live” ideology, we will
politically correct” people into Hell.
So, I leave you with the question: What’s more important happiness or holiness?