"So that the land will not spew you out..."
(Tim) Responding to this article from Family Research Council commenting on President Barack Obama's use of his office of Commander in Chief to promote sodomy, a friend of mine who is a longtime IVCF staff worker in a metro area of the Eastern Seaboard sent this e-mail:
Friends, I’d be interested in your take on the first article here. I’m as strongly against homosexual activity as anyone but I’m not sure I see the logic of banning them from the military. Prohibiting any and all sexual contact among servicemen, yes. But can we ban someone’s desires in a public way?
I’m not sure this is as clear-cut as many conservatives make it out to be. Your thoughts?
To which I responded...Dear (brother),
If this is where our thinking as Reformed men is taking us, we should stop thinking and take some time to read God's Word.
This has nothing to do with liberal or conservative, but rather hatred and opposition in high places to God's creation order and moral law. The progression has been clear and will continue: from fornication to feminist rebellion to adultery to unbiblical divorce to no-fault divorce to sodomy; and right now as we exchange e-mails, to incest, the lowering of the age of consent, and bestiality. Is it wise to do as you recommend and jump on that bandwagon--not of promotion of these perversions, but promotion of the removal of public shame and condemnation of them?
Well, if God's Word is to be trusted, we do so and, like the Canaanites polluting their land, the soil of these United States will vomit us up.
To purify our thinking, may I suggest a change in language? You write of "homosexual acts" instead of "sodomy." The title itself lacks any connotation of shame, yet shame is what we ought to communicate every time we speak of degradation because it helps those tempted by degradation and perversion to flee sin.
When God condemns sodomy in Leviticus, one verse later--cheek by jowl--is His condemnation of bestiality. Were you to write the same about bestiality you've written here about sodomy, I'd know you'd gone mad--but that it's a principled madness. Right now, I'm guessing you've simply caught a fever that's making the rounds of sentimental evangelical-leaning Reformed men; we can't seem to stop looking over our shoulders in fear of someone accusing us of not being sufficiently progressive.
If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them. If there is a man who marries a woman and her mother, it is immorality; both he and they shall be burned with fire, so that there will be no immorality in your midst. If there is a man who lies with an animal, he shall surely be put to death; you shall also kill the animal. (Leviticus 20:13-15)
But as for you, you are to keep My statutes and My judgments and shall not do any of these abominations, neither the native, nor the alien who sojourns among you (for the men of the land who have been before you have done all these abominations, and the land has become defiled); so that the land will not spew you out, should you defile it, as it has spewed out the nation which has been before you. (Leviticus 18:26-28)
Always with love,