Last Friday, a federal judge struck down Wisconsin’s law defining marriage as solely one between a man and a woman. Given a string of 15 consecutive decisions overturning the rights of states to define marriage based on the Word of God, and the 2013 decision of the US Supreme Court, it is apparent that homosexual marriage is here to stay in Wisconsin.
These will be challenging times for us in Christian leadership. The pressure to conform to the ways of the world in direct opposition to the Word of God will only increase. Those we lead will be looking to us as leaders for answers and clear direction on this and other issues. We will all be tempted to remain silent and just hope the wolves will pass by and ignore us, choosing to leave us alone. Fellow leaders that is a pipe dream. The truth is the radical homosexual movement will not stop at “acceptance”; their goal is that all people capitulate and agree to accept and teach their version of “truth” on the subject of marriage.
I am well aware that leadership comes with certain burdens and responsibilities. Sometimes we have to make tough but right decisions—but those decisions are not always popular with those we lead. Our human nature is to want to get along with all people, especially those we lead and are responsible for. But this issue draws such a stark line between what is being mandated as “legal” and what the Word of God clearly teaches on marriage and sexuality. There are times when real leaders have to take a righteous stand and let the chips fall where they will.
I am urging leadership of every Christian church, ministry and fellowship in our area to gather to pray and discuss what your leadership position is on the subject of sexuality and marriage, and make a public proclamation for your members and the community as a whole. I am urging the men in our churches—as pastors of your families and home—to respectfully urge your church leadership to address this open letter and clearly state what your church, ministry or fellowship believes on the subject and what they will publicly teach.
In closing I would point you to the Word of our only savior, eternal hope and real truth, Jesus Christ in Revelation 3:14-18
“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God ‘s creation. I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.”
Laodicea means “people’s opinions”. Will we be a church that is guided by the opinions of people? Or by the everlasting truth of Jesus Christ? Please prayerfully consider this letter and know it is written in a spirit of strengthening our churches for the days ahead—days when everyone of us will be tested.
Michael D. LeMay
Host, Stand Up For the Truth Radio
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