Why Has the Homosexual Agenda Succeeded?
Why indeed. I think we first must admit that it is an agenda. How else can this phenomena be explained? Next, we must also admit that this agenda has worked. We would be fools to think otherwise. Homosexuality has seeped in to every area of life. It is now accepted; so much so that if you do not accept it, you are a bigot, homophobic, hateful, intolerant, judgmental, and there is something wrong with you. It is paraded around everywhere one looks. Literally, there are parades! And that is not all. This agenda has been crammed down our throats by the news, television shows, celebrities, movies, and the courts. The movement has succeeded. Why?
There are several possible answers to our question. Only one is ultimately satisfying however. We will get to that one in time. Let us begin with history. Man has always desired to be free. This freedom is sought morally, legally, spiritually, and even sexually. Within us is the drive to do what we want, how we want, when we want, and where we want. Since this is in us, we seek to influence others and bring about changes.
Throughout time, these changes have come slowly, or more quickly depending on the desired changes, the cultural climate, and well, any number of other factors. As mankind ventures farther and farther away from God, they too fall farther away from holiness, decency, righteousness, and uprightness. In a word, the moral compass is broke so man goes anywhere his depraved little heart will carry him. So sin is to blame. Well, partly. It is to blame but there is more.
Is the church to blame as well? After all, where was the church when gay “rights” were being fought for? To be fair, many churches and denominations did stand for God's truth. But, in the end, the church as a whole was too accommodating, liberal, tolerant, or whatever else one may say. This could be the result of history and our culture. Biblical authority has been eroded in our land. This has taken place for many, many years. Due to history and the sinful tendencies in man, it was only a matter of time until our land, yes America, fell in with the rest of the world and embraced what God calls sinful.
Which is it? History and culture, sin, or the church? All of these have certainly played a part, but none of them are ultimate. No, the answer to why the homosexual agenda has worked is God. God has allowed it to work. Now I know that this may come as a shock to most and even blasphemous to others. However, when we look at Scripture we see this very thing. At the onset let us be clear about a few things. God is not the author of sin. He does not make man sin. Mankind as fallen beings sin because of a sinful nature. Sin comes naturally to us, it is what we desire, it is the only thing we do and can do until God intervenes.
Free will often comes into the discussion. Biblically speaking man is not free, we are in bondage to sin. Now, we do make choices and we do act. It must be acknowledged, however, that we are bound to our nature. We can only sin and choose sin until God changes our nature. This is regeneration (something that cannot be discussed here). This means that mankind is fallen, does not desire the true God of the Bible, can only sin, cannot change its nature, is not holy, does not naturally obey God, etc.
With that said, we now turn to Romans 1. This passage reveals several truths that demonstrates why I say that the homosexual agenda has succeeded because of God.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:18-32)
There you have it. God's word tells us that sinners defy God, worship creation, and sin willfully and that God allows them to follow their sinful desires and judges them. By not restraining their sin or changing their natures, God allows sinner to have what they want and to a degree, do what they want. Then, there are consequences. God judges. Let me explain.
There is a digression. Man knows that there is a God. However, they do not honor God. They worship creation and themselves. Because of this, God gave them over to the lusts of their hearts (vs. 18-25). This means that God did not shower them with grace or change them. In a sense, he gave them or allowed them to do the very things that they wanted. As a result, they grew more dark, impure, dishonoring, and corrupt. God removed his restraining hands from them in judgment.
Man continued to sin and commit idolatry and debauchery. So, God gave man up to their dishonorable passions. He again removed his restraining grace and allowed man to follow their depraved passions. This resulted in man indulging in homosexual acts and behaviors (vs. 26-27).
If this was not enough, man did not acknowledge God so he gave them up to debased minds. Because of this, man practiced sin more and more. They even invented ways to sin and applauded sin in others (vs. 28-32).
We see three times in these verses (24, 26, 28) that God “gave them up”. This again is God giving man what they wanted, not pouring out his grace or showing mercy. Instead, justice is poured out. And deservedly so. This is the judgment of God. It is not popular, but it is biblical. God does not have to show mercy or grace, he is under no obligation to do every loving and gracious act that he could possibly do. To the contrary, when he does decide to show mercy and grace, that is what makes it merciful and gracious- it is undeserved and unmerited. We cannot demand grace!
I cannot say for sure because there is no biblical revelation, but it appears that America fits the description of Romans 1. It seems that God is judging us. God is giving man exactly what he wants. This is not good. Getting our own way only ends in tragedy. The wrath of God is being poured out, is being made known. Not physically, yet, but it is the wrath of God because he is not restraining sin (as much as he could) and we are storing up wrath against the day of judgment. We do not get a pass because we are America.
Why has the homosexual agenda succeeded? History teaches us that it was just a matter of time before even this was celebrated. Sin is also a culprit. Man is not evolving, if anything, we are devolving. We are moving further and further away from God and deeper and deeper into sin. As such, sin becomes more and more accepted. This is what we are seeing in our day.
But, we must not forget the sovereign God of the universe. The God of the Bible is sovereign over history and sin. He is orchestrating all things to his appointed end- his GLORY. We cannot begin to explain how all things will eventually bring glory to God, but we trust this is true. The Bible clearly teaches this very thing (Rom. 11:33-36; Col. 1:15-17). I know that this is difficult to perceive but God knows all things, plans all things, and uses all things to bring himself glory, but to also perfect his children (Rom. 8:28).
What do we do with this? First, if humanity is in as bad as shape as the Bible says, we need to be preaching and teaching the gospel (Rom. 3:9-26). That is our only hope. Earlier in Romans 1, Paul wrote, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation” (1:16). This was immediately before the indictment against man. What this means is that there is still hope. We may be under the judgment of God, but we are still here, there is still time to repent. The gospel is still the power of God for salvation. This salvation, this gospel must be preached to sinners. Yes, sinners. That means homosexuals and heterosexuals. We are not to make distinctions, all sinners may be saved if they repent and trust in Christ alone for the forgiveness of their sins.
Second, we as Christians must be loving (Eph. 5:2). We stand on the word of God and call sin sin, but there is a loving and Christlike way in which to do it. Believers are to guard against all manners of prejudice. A tendency among Christians is to elevate the sin of homosexuality above all other sins making it the sin of all sins. This is not biblical. When this is done, Christians can become hateful, spiteful, and unloving. We are commanded to love.
Third, we would do well to remember our past, and even our present (Eph. 2:1-10). We are sinners saved by grace. We are still sinners, we still sin. Do not look down on others as more sinful, or more corrupt. Remember your past and what Christ saved you from.
Fourth, trust that God can save sinners (1 Cor. 6:9-11). I think we often fall into the trap of believing that someone is beyond saving. If there is still breath in a persons lungs, there is still hope!
Fifth, do not promote hate (Matt. 22:39). We often incite hatred with our speech, actions, and attitudes. Now, again there is a time and place for calling out sin. However, we must make sure of our motives, examine our own hearts, and do so in a Christlike and biblical manner. Christians of all people ought to be demonstrating the love of God.
Sixth, guard yourself and protect your mind (Rom. 12:1-2). Search out the scriptures and see what God says. Do not listen to or believe everything you hear. Do not fall in with the rest of the world and embrace what they say is right. Saturate your minds with the word of God. Test everything according to Scripture.
Seventh, pray (1 Thess. 5:17). Pray for the lost. Pray that God would bring a revival to our land. Pray that God will raise up godly pastors and churches that stand on his word. Pray for mercy. Pray that the Lord change hearts and minds in relation to homosexuality. Pray that God delay his judgment.
Eighth, run to the cross (1 Pet. 3:18). The cross is where the wrath and mercy of God meet. This is mankind's only hope. It is at the cross where God demonstrated his wrath against sin but also his mercy towards sinners. Christ died in order for sinners to be brought to God. This is our desire, sinners being forgiven by God. Sinners reconciled to the Lord. Sinners saved by the grace of God. Sinners that treasure God, desire God, and love God.
Why did I write this? I wrote this because it is an issue in our country and, unfortunately, in the church. Also, because Christians need to know, understand, and be able to apply the word of God. Believers also should know that God is sovereign and nothing escapes his view. Indeed, God has planned and orchestrates all things for his glory. Further, believers need to be reminded of the grace of God and the saving power of the gospel. No one is beyond the reach of God's saving love if they would only repent and trust in Christ for deliverance from the just wrath of God.
I wrote this because God's judgment is a reality and the lost need to be warned and the saved need to be exhorted. This was written in order for people to be motivated to share the gospel, show the love of Christ, remember the depths of sin in which they were rescued, trust that God can save, be mindful of their behavior, be aware and guard their minds and hearts, be urged to pray, and to run to the cross.
In the end, we simply do not know all the details. We are not privy to the plans of God for our nation. What we do know is that this nation needs a mighty work of God; this nation needs an outpouring of the mercy of God. God, send an awakening, send a revival. Strengthen your people, grant them boldness and courage to proclaim your truth lovingly. Remove the hate and prejudice. Fill your people with your Spirit and his fruit. Use us for your glory and the good of our neighbors.
God, make yourself known. Show us your holiness thereby revealing our sin and driving us to your throne of grace. Show us your glory in order that we become enraptured with you and treasure you above all things including our sin. May we be satisfied in you. Cause us to hate sin and love and desire you! Only you can do this, Lord. Magnify yourself and all of your glorious attributes.
We deserve your wrath. We deserve justice, damnation, hell, judgment, and anything else you deem fit for such a rebellious, sinful, corrupt, and depraved people. For the fame of your name, for your sake, for the praise of your glory and grace, have mercy, O Lord! Have mercy. Your children beseech you to pity us. We beg of you, Lord, have mercy and display your grace.