I’m not sure what Bible Jimmy Carter’s been reading, but concerning gay marriage, the former President said this:
“I believe Jesus would. I don’t have any verse in scripture. … I believe Jesus would approve gay marriage, but that’s just my own personal belief. I think Jesus would encourage any love affair if it was honest and sincere and was not damaging to anyone else, and I don’t see that gay marriage damages anyone else,” he said.
So, would Jesus really support same sex marriage?
First, let me be perfectly clear. God loves gay people. How do I know? Well, John 3:16 states,
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”
Note, God fails to insert an asterisk or add a disclaimer. No Christian familiar with the teachings of the Bible argues God’s love for all people.
“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
But God’s love for people does not change His views on morality. God’s view of sin doesn’t evolve.
When thinking about how Jesus handled the issue of sin in people’s lives, I often cite the story of the woman caught in adultery. Jesus demonstrates the model of
‘Hate the sin, love the sinner.’
One day as Jesus taught, religious leaders dragged a woman from the bed of an adulterous liaison and dumped her at the Master’s feet. The religious leaders circled, spewing judgment on the woman, reminding Jesus and all within earshot about the Law. For her infidelity, she deserved the prescribed punishment – a public stoning.
In response to their vitriol, Jesus stooped and scrawled something in the dirt, then stood and challenged,
“You who are sinless cast the first stone.”
I’ve often wondered what Jesus wrote. I doubt He wasted His time on doodling stick figures. I wonder if He jotted a list of sins with which these men struggled. Maybe He wrote the words, “pride,” lust,” or the word that labeled the actions of the religious leaders – “entrapment.” (How did these men know about this woman’s indiscretion and the ability to catch her in the arms of a man not her husband?)
As these men cast aspersions at the woman and questioned Jesus’ handling of the situation, I imagine their words trailed off as they watched Jesus write. If Jesus enumerated a list of transgressions, as each man’s besetting sin appeared, the Spirit of God pricked their hearts. When He stood to authorize the first hurled stone, each dropped his rocks, slinking away. Jesus asked,
“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?
“No one sir,” she replied
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared.
Those demanding acceptance of ungodly lifestyles, quote only the first part of Jesus’s statement, adding:
“See Christians, Jesus didn’t condemn and neither should you!”
But what many conveniently ignore is that Jesus added the following exhortation,
“Go and leave your life of sin.”
Jesus would say the same thing to a gay couple seeking Christ’s approval for a same sex marriage today.
Arm chair theologians argue Jesus never addressed same sex marriage, thereby claiming homosexual unions are left up to the discretion of the people choosing them. Granted, in the Gospels we find no mention of gay unions, but Jesus does address the definition of Biblical marriage. In Matthew 19:4-6 Jesus says,
“And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH ‘?”So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”…
Jesus doesn’t add,
“Oh and that’s why men marry each other and women marry each other as well.”
That’s not God’s standard for marriage.
Obviously, Jimmy Carter supports the ruling of the Supreme Court and the edict for all states to acknowledge same sex marriage. Sadly, the Left fails to see this as a governmental overreach and a threat to exercising religious freedom. And though the highest court in the land has vacated Christian principles, nowhere is it written that a Christian’s morals and conscience are to be abandoned once vacating the shadow of the steeple. If the Government resorts to stripping Churches of their tax exempt status for failing to recognize same sex marriage, they’re gambling with America’s future…but God’s holding all of the cards.
Jimmy Carter holds the distinction of being a former United States President, but God’s not so impressed that He takes Carter’s view of Scripture into advisement. The Host of Heaven will never hear God say,
“Gabriel, I’ve been wrong about homosexuality…In fact, ‘Modern Family’ and Jimmy Carter changed my view…”
Nor will God’s view evolve on adultery, pre-marital sex, pedophilia, rape, incest, etc.
“Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:7-8
Who is Jesus? According to John chapter one, He is the very “Word” of God. In other words, the Word of God does not change or evolve to cater to the whims of those looking for a lifestyle to be sanctioned.
Simply put, no Mr. President, Jesus would not approve of same sex marriage.