Tell the World Why

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The mall storefront in this photo testifies to the degradation of our society. Homosexuality is not OK. From a natural law perspective, no daughter will be conceived in a homosexual marriage, no son suckled from his father’s breast. From a Biblical perspective, homosexuality is a sin. It is a sin like the sin of adultery, like the sin of murder, like the sin of dishonoring your mother or father. Homosexuality is also a sin for which Christ died. His blood cleanses from all unrighteousness.

As Christians, we claim no moral high ground based on our own merit. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Because of Christ’s cruciform sacrifice, we look to the cross daily and admit that we are sinners, forgiven for His sake, yet the world views Christians as hypocritical racists. From their perspective, homosexuality is freedom, and anything that treads on freedom is intolerance. It is only through the preaching of God’s Law and Gospel that eyes are opened so that the truth is recognized – we all fall short of the glory of God. Homosexuality and all other sins offer only slavery. We join Dr. Luther in proclaiming that Christ “has so freed us that our conscience is free and glad because it does not fear the wrath that is to come. This is real and inestimable liberty, in comparison with the greatness and majesty of which the others (political and carnal) scarcely are on drop or speck.”*

In these gray and latter days, we have a unique opportunity to gently and respectfully share the hope that is within us. Unrepentant homosexuals aren’t pariahs to be shunned, they’re sinners in need of a Savior, just like we once were.

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience-among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved-and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6-7

* Ewald M. Plass, compiler, What Luther Says: A Practical In-Home Anthology for the Active Christian (St. Louis: CPH, 1959) §2410, 776.

photo credit: Scott Diekmann

About Scott Diekmann

Scott is a lifelong LCMS layman. Some of his vocations include husband, dad, jet driver, runner, and collector of more books than he can read. Oh, and also chocolate lover. He’s been involved in apologetics for over a decade, is on the Board of Regents at Concordia Portland, and is a column writer for the sometimes operational Around the Word Journal. He’s also written for Higher Things Magazine, The Lutheran Clarion, and has been a guest on Issues Etc. as well as the KFUO program Concord Matters.

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Tell the World Why — 4 Comments

  1. I totally concur with your thoughts. But it is difficult at best to tell someone that is living in sin that is now ruled “legal” that it is not “moral” and against God’s will for Him. At least with abortion, many women after grieving the loss of the child are in such pain that they we are able to direct them to Christ. With this recent ruling, those in gay relationships(marriage) don’t have any regret because they have been told it’s not only “Just an alternative way of life” but one that is as valuable as Biblical marriage. But the additional sadness is that rearing children is now not the focus of marriage as it has become merely a means to gratify self.

  2. “The lie is the death of man, his temporal and his eternal death. The lie kills nations. Through their lies, the most powerful empires of the world were laid waste. History knows of no more unsettling spectacle than the judgment which comes to pass when the men of an advanced culture have rejected the truth, and are now swallowed up in a sea of lies. As was the case with fading pagan antiquity, where this happened, religion and law, poetry and philosophy, life in marriage and family, in the state and society, in short, one sphere of life after another, fell sacrifice to the power and curse of the lie. Where man can no longer bear the truth, he cannot live without the lie. Where man, even when dying, lies to himself and others, the terrible dissolution of his culture is held up as a glorious ascent, and decline is viewed as an advance, the like of which has never been experienced”.

    — From Hermann Sasse’s “Union and Confession”, 1933

  3. @F. Shirk #1

    It does feel like a conundrum; it can be very difficult to reach people who have the stamp of societal approval. However, if we speak to them God’s powerful Law, the Holy Spirit will work through the Word, which accomplishes that for which God purposes it.

    “Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.” 2 Thess. 3:1-5

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