Alabama preacher: ‘Let me be angry at yesterday’s Supreme Court decision’

MARBURY, Ala. (BNC) by Ben Giselbach — I am disappointed in the condescending and often derogatory comments by many of my peers:

  • “We shouldn’t be upset about the legalization of gay marriage;”
  • “Those in gay marriages are as lost as non-Christians in heterosexual marriages;”
  • “We shouldn’t be trying to save America;”
  • “Quit judging the world and start judging those in the church;”
  • “Stop whining over gay marriage, God is still in control.”

1. Fact: The legalization of gay “marriage” makes it easier for people to sin. The more sins people commit, the more complicated repentance is going to be for them (and the more baggage they will have from sin) when they obey the gospel. I’m angered by that.

2. Yes, practicing homosexuals are just as eternally lost as practicing heterosexual non-Christians. But Paul uses the acceptance of homosexuality as a barometer for how far mankind has distanced himself from God (Rom. 1:18-32). Sinners are just as lost as any other sinner, but American society symbolically became more distant from God than ever before when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay “marriage.” I’m angered by that.

3. When did it become wrong to mourn the wickedness that has manifested itself in American culture? And why label this as “trying to save America”? We know the church exists to spread the gospel to individuals, but individuals comprise America. A majority of Americans embrace homosexuality now. Christians, we have our work cut out for us. Sometimes the sheer magnitude of sin in society overwhelms me. I’m angered by that.

4. There are significant legal ramifications that Christians are going to face because of the legalization of gay “marriage.” In the future, I can see the brotherhood colleges I love so much being faced with lawsuits over so called “discriminatory” LGBT policies in regards to student/married housing. In the future, I can see scores of gospel preachers being fined thousands of dollars because they politely declined to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony. In the future, I can see entire churches losing their tax-exempt status simply because they preached an exegetical sermon on Romans 1 or 1 Corinthians 6. I’m angered by that.

5. What’s ironic about the “quit judging the world and start judging those in the church” crowd is that they often do not even judge those within the church. They are inconsistent. They cite 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 as a reason why we should not be disappointed in the direction the world is going (but are also quick to label those who express disappointment in unfaithful brethren as “unloving”). Yes, our sinful world acts like a sinful world and we should expect no less from the world. But are we not allowed to be upset by how broken our world is? Was Jesus wrong when He was angered at people who were not His disciples (Mark 3:2-7; John 2:13-23)? Are we not allowed to concerned about the spiritual direction of our society? Are we not allowed to remark how much our world needs Jesus? I’m angered by that.

6. Yes, man’s Supreme Court will never trump our Supreme God. Yes, God is in control. But this does not mean we cannot still weep and mourn (Ecc. 3:4). Perhaps we should have told Jesus, Moses, and Paul, when they were angry at man’s rebellion against God’s Law (cf. Mark 3:5; Ex. 11:4-8; 32:19-24; Num. 16:15; 2 Cor. 7:11), that they had no right to be upset due to the fact that “God is in control.” I’m angered by that.

Jesus died to free us from all sin (1 Cor. 6:9-11), including the various sins of homosexual practices. I’m angry because God’s Son has already triumphed over sin, yet people continue to bow to it. They are like sheep without a Shepherd (Matt. 9:36), following their own wisdom rather than God’s (Prov. 14:12). Yes, yesterday’s Supreme Court decision was a sad day from this perspective. Don’t let anyone bully you into thinking otherwise.

Please, just let Christians feel righteous anger without giving them a guilt trip. There is a time to correct imbalance, but the emotions themselves are the very emotions our Lord feels when sin advances.

 Ben works with the Lightwood congregation in Marbury, as well as with Lads to Leaders. He tackles hard issues, like:  “Jesus Offers Release From The Bondage Of Same Sex Attraction;” “What Does The Bible Say About Homosexuality?”, “What Does The Bible Say About Transgenderism?”, “Are You Writing Too Many Parking Tickets To Dead People?”, and “Ben Thinkin’: Is It Wrong To Bake A Cake For A Gay Marriage Ceremony?

Randal and his wife Vicki have lived and worked in Brazil since Nov. 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. He likes to read novels in his back-porch hammock. http://randal.us

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9 Comments

  1. Ben, I am also angered by these and Christians should be!

  2. Ben, you’ve “hit the nail on the head.” Keep swinging the hammer!

  3. Thank you for this post, Ben. I really appreciate it. I honestly felt “fear” when I heard the verdict. The future for Christians is grim, especially with all of the LGBT’s attacks (persecution) on small businesses run by folks who refuse to support and serve at gay weddings, etc. We’ve come full circle. We’ve become just like the Romans, only this time, worse. We once knew the Son of God, and we’ve turned our backs on Him. That’s a far greater sin, IMO. I just wonder how long God will put up with this, and I wonder how many Christians will start filling American prisons because we refuse to bow down to the LGBT agenda. This issue will certainly separate the goats from the sheep. Question is, which side will we fall on?

  4. Bamamomof3

    I wish all preachers had the guts to say things like this. I attend one of the largest congregations in North Alabama and our preacher will not say anything political from the pulpit. He talk about football but not homosexuality.

    I use to be a special event videographer. My husband and I use to videotape weddings almost every weekend. We quit when out 2nd child was born so I could be a full time stay at home mom. Now that our kids are almost all out of the house it would be nice for us to start the business up again but I will never videotape another wedding for the public because that would mean I have opened myself up to a lawsuit if I refused to do homosexual wedding. I do not feel I have a double standard here. I quit seeing a doctor I really liked because he claimed to be a Christian, but divorced his wife and married a nurse in his practice. He was an admitted adulterer and I felt continuing to see him meant I was supporting him in his sin.

  5. Bill Cartwright

    Who are you angry at? is it Cesar or Cesar’s Governor’s and what does your anger produce? What is the purpose of the Church could it be saving souls both those in the church and those in the world. Do you believe in deism and if not you know their is a reason God has caused this through leaders he has chosen to give the Church. Everything serves a purpose because we serve a sovereign God who is trying to bring his people into repentance and obedience. We my friend are getting what we have ask for and deserve. I will pray for all God has given the Son and thank him for allowing the supreme court to make it’s decision. I would like to recommend a book by brother Cecil May Jr. named Providence the Silent Sovereignty of God, a must read for all that are not on milk. In Christ Bill Cartwright

  6. Ted Mitchel

    It is truly a sad time in the history of this great nation. We should be grieved and angered–grieved that yet another sin has been legalized and angered that our elected officials are willing to bow to pressure of a very small, very vocal minority. At the same time, I wonder–where was the anger when divorce for any cause was legalized? Where was the anger when “cohabitation” (“living together with out marriage”) was legalized? Where was the anger when “family” was redefined? We may well see persecution for preaching the Truth of God. Historically, I have refused to perform more weddings that I have done. I will continue to refuse when I believe such weddings are sin. (By the way, in the NT, I find no instances of preachers even performing wedding ceremonies. I’m not saying it is wrong for us to do so as agents of the state–just that God doesn’t require it of us. One preacher I know has a policy that he doesn’t do any wedding ceremonies for any not part of his family or congregation.) I agree with Ben’s comments. Let’s allow the anger–let it cause us to stand more firmly for Truth.

  7. Darcy

    Thank you for this article. You have expressed exactly how I feel.

  8. Bernard Barton -Preacher for the Pleasant Hill church of Christ in Tennessee

    AMEN! AMEN! AMEN!
    WE need to stand for GOD not for sin even if is not popular or politically correct
    I don’t want to be politically correct as a Preacher of the Gospel ……..I want to be Biblically
    correct

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