Posted by: The Simple Guy | June 26, 2013

Am I Getting the Cart Before the Horse?

Rather disturbed by the Supreme Court decision today about marriage.

However, since I don’t follow current events much (we don’t have TV, I don’t read the paper – I’m too busy being a Dad) I find it somewhat striking that God taught me something that relates to this new development only a week or so ago.

Heather has been helping our younger children begin to memorize Romans chapter 1.  So Heather and I were discussing the chapter the other night.  What I am about to say is similar to what she told me she was seeing, but as she was explaining it I didn’t quite get it.  (So Honey if it sounds like what you said, I was listening, just not quite firing on all cylinders yet)

However, in an effort to stay involved with the focus on Romans, I sat down with the children and have been studying Romans with them as well.

As we discussed Romans Chapter 1 as a family, this thought occurred to me.  It may take me a bit to explain it, so bear with me.

Some background first:

In Ephesians 5:32 Paul makes the statement while talking about marriage that marriage itself refers to Christ and the church.  I have discussed that before here, and if you look at the topic on the side bar you will see what I mean.  Basically that God has instituted marriage so that we will have a living example in the flesh of the type of relationship he desires with us.  Not the King / subject  relationship, or Employer / employee relationship, or Owner / pet relationship, but the husband / wife relationship.   We are to guard this because it is a picture of something more important.  It displays how we are to be devoted to Him, and how He loves us.

He desires intimacy with us, but we are not the same.

Now look at the progression here in Romans 1.

Rom 1:18-27 ESV
(18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
(19) For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
(20) 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.
(21) 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.
(22) Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
(23) and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
(24) Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,
(25) 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.
(26) For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature;(27) 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.

So part of what I see here is that God’s wrath is revealed against men who suppress the truth of God by their own unrighteousness.  How so?  Well, what we know of God, we do not honor him and are not thankful.  That is what He is really angry about.  Now we tend to get angry about what happens a few verses later.  But lets stay with the first part for now.

So, since we, the created thing, (symbolized by the bride) do not honor Him, the Creator, (symbolized by the groom), and we are not thankful, instead we worship nature – our own kind – He has allowed us to reap the result of this by having same attracted to same, rather than our natural God ordained attraction.  He takes this personal.  You know why?  Because to Him, IT IS!!  He is the one we are “cheating on” when we worship anything but Him.

Perhaps so we can see the distortion we are guilty of in our relationship with Him??

How is it any different when created thing honors created thing rather than the Creator?

So in essence, we get to see a futile and fruitless attraction in our own relationship so we can understand the futile and fruitless attraction in our lack of honor and gratitude to God.

So the question I have been pondering for the last week or so is this.

Am I more disgusted and repulsed by someone’s homosexual desires than I am by my own lack of gratitude to God?

Doesn’t this text imply that this would be backwards?  How many of us are all upset at the degradation of our the institution of marriage, but have not spent one single minute today in true and undistracted, grateful worship of the One to whom we owe our very existence?

Father, forgive me.

Odd to me that I would be pondering this in advance to the Supreme Court decision when I had no idea it was even before the Court.

Just my thoughts.

Yours?

Craig

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