Columbia, SC — For years, sinners have proclaimed, “You cannot legislate morality.” They now demand that the Supreme Court legislate immorality. America has lost its moral compass. Secular humanism has encroached into Christian beliefs to such a degree that many cannot separate godly from ungodly.
As a Christian, I believe in the power of prayer, but when I saw the picture in the March 27 State of people joining in prayer in Columbia “as they rallied against the Federal Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8,” I found myself asking, “praying to whom?”
Christian, Jewish and all God-based faiths should understand that God does not bless sin. Prayers of unrepentant sinners are heard by God, and God loves all sinners, but unless there is an acknowledgement of the sin, asking forgiveness and a concerted effort to overcome the sin, God is not going to grant the grace that comes from forgiveness.
Leviticus 20:13 says clearly that “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both have done what is detestable.” No contemporary government is going to impose the death penalty, as Leviticus calls for, but that does not make the sin acceptable. The Bible does not talk a lot about homosexuality because it was understood that all sins were repugnant to God; yet even the New Testament has at least four references to homosexuality, none condoning it.
Invoking God’s name does not make the issue a just or godly endeavor, nor is God obligated to favorably answer the petition. So why ask God to justify sin? I encourage these individuals to consider Jude 1:4: “For certain men … have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ.”
Some will quote Matthew 7:1 — “Do not judge, or you too will be judged” — and leave out Matthew 7:2: “ For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged.”
I did not set the moral standard. God did. I, with all Christians, can only read the Bible, pray, seek guidance of the Holy Spirit and strive to live life according to God’s will. God loves you, and I do too.
Rev. William L. Merrifield