Who’s House Do We Build?

“Like the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so you shall perish; because you would not listen to the voice of the LORD your God.”
Deut. 8:20

Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.
Psalm 127:1

It is with a heavy heart I listen to the President of the United States make his ill-fated remark approving of same-sex couples and its legalization. Until that moment I was happily planning on choosing him again for a second term this November. I will not do so now. Alas, he has shown the shallow depth of his “christianity” by his approbation of what has been a longstanding evil, the homosexual practice and acceptance of laws promoting it. I must admit this announcement today shocks me. I had always taken his proclamation of “faith” at face value. But any plain reading of Scripture leads to calling this sin a sin. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil,” says Isaiah (5:20). That our nation’s leader could call this evil good does not bode well for the future of our national prosperity or survival. Society can’t last long as the sickness of evil becomes its foundation.

It doesn’t take a Harvard Law School degree to understand that every judgement God rendered on specific nations as described in the Old Testament were the result of those nations flouting God’s moral imperatives. One of the reasons He led Israel into the Promised Land was to judge those nations whose measure of evil had filled up the land. These were not God fearing nations. They lay no claim to following in God’s path. Never-the-less God held them accountable for the evil with which they filled their lands, because as Paul correctly state, “that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.” Rom. 1:19 So they have no excuse. Judgement was promised and was delivered. And God didn’t spare His own people either when they repeatedly turned their collective backs on Him. They too were wiped off the land.

No, The Unites States of America is not a Christian nation. But its government was founded on the principles that God was the source and basis of laws and morality, and the laws governing nations should be righteous and just. Yes, say what you will about the character of some individuals in early American history, who were not always pure and incorruptible, but at least there was never a time when the lawmakers ratified statutes that flouted so recklessly fundamental morality. And homosexuality and same sex marriage is such an evil that will, if legalized by this nation have dire consequences. It is not man who makes and who wills the peace and wealth and prosperity of nations. God is He who builds up and tears down. (Job 12:23 “He makes the nations great, then destroys them; He enlarges the nations, then leads them away. He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth’s people And makes them wander in a pathless waste. They grope in darkness with no light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.” Job 12:23-25) History is littered with civilizations who have wasted away in their own degradation. America is not such a favored nation that it can expect exemption from the consequences of approving evil as good, such as celebrating an abomination of character. God’s moral imperative is strikingly clear on the topic of the judgement of evil.

As Jesus said, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand.” Matt. 12:25 The same-sex marriage issue will certainly be a division in this house.

[Scriptures taken from the New American Standard Bible © 1995]

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