Last week we wraped up our series on God's Design for Marriage and Sexuality. Our desire to walk through this question was prompted by the SCOTUS decision, however, this was not primarily a series about homosexuality. This was primarily a series on the beauty of God's design. Rejection of God's design didn't happen in the SCOTUS decision, but in Eden.
This Sunday in our Gospel Project Bible Study classes we will be looking at Human Rebellion from God's design. We will look at the root and consequences of our rebellion. In Genesis 3 we see a rejection of God's design, and every subsequent rejection of God's design stems from these moments. When Adam and Eve fell, their relationship with God ruptured. Furthermore, the relationship between Adam and Eve ruptured.
It's remarkable to me the difference between Adam and Eve's relationship in chapter 2 and chapter 3. In chapter 2, upon waking up and seeing his bride from his side, Adam sings! "This is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh!" But in chapter 3, Adam says to God, "The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate." Adam song turns to mourning. His joy turns to shame. What first brought excitement was transformed to blame and enmity.
What is the medicine for this enmity? This broken marriage? The Gospel. In Genesis 3:15, God preaches the first evangelistic message: "I will put enmity between you (Satan) and the woman, between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel." The seed of the serpent—sin, death, strife, toil, evil, and suffering will be crushed by the seed of the woman—Jesus Christ (for an excellent article on this, click here).
We do believe that homosexuality is a deviation from the perfect design of God, but so is fornication, divorce, and pornography. We cannot scream against homosexuality and turn a blind eye to these other things that grieve the heart of God. It should grieve us and move us to love those steeped in sexual sin. We each stem from Eden, so we are all sexually broken, whether we know it or not.
Our response is Micah 6:8, "He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and walk humbly with your God?" If the church is not a safe place for the sexually broken, then it is not a safe place for any of us. And if we do not welcome the broken, then we don't really believe the God of grace who welcomes us despite our evil.
Let us not take upon us a task not given to us. As Pastor Tim said, "You are not to be a crusader to un-gay someone, or to do away with gay marriage. That's the Holy Spirit's job. You don't have the ability to convict anyone of any sin... Our job is to introduce people to the loving Gospel of Jesus Christ and when they put their faith and trust in Jesus, we disciple them to look more like [Him] every single day." May we steward our task well for the glory of God!