Romans 1:24 :
21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen. 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. 28 Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
I have been following the debate in the media on homosexuality and many people championing for their rights. The Kenyan media for instance has actually been giving air time to many of these people and sure enough they have since become over night celebrities. One in particular has even been on online blogs as a gay gospel artist.
Gospel to him is about unity and togetherness and harmony, good for him and indeed for them. They have the knowledge of God’s unity, and the only problem is do they really even understand what the Gospel is all about?
Do they also know what they are suffering from? You see if you were to visit the doctor for a medical check up in the advent of a disease or discomfort in your body, there are obvious conventional tests that the physician will run. Often times tests are based on the symptoms presented by the patient. Now the symptoms in themselves at times can not be the disease. For example it would be very wrong to have fatigue and fever and quickly diagnose yourself with malaria and run for anti-malaria drugs over the counter. As much as these are signs that accompany and could mean that you have malaria, a proper diagnosis ought to be done by the professional medical practitioner.
The same applies to us, the created mortal being, God in His sovereignty made us in His likeness and image. Then we fell sick, through our ancestral root and race through Adam we got poisoned. And the nature of sin got a grip on us and we became hostile to God even unto becoming God’s enemies and nothing we could ever do could get us back to His nature of perfection, now that also means that we do not have any unity with God.
Now this sickness is what we call depravity, not having anything good coming from us and our hearts. Not even one of us is thinking about God and can be in unity with Him. When writing about this Paul speaks with clarity and confidence as He points out that it is God who allowed His permissive will to take effect. In that the nature of sin, corrupted our will that was perfect. Now since that had happen all we had was a sinful will that can not will anything that is of God. In other words when we sinned we died.
There is a difference between the nature of sin and the acts of the sinful nature, the nature of sin is who we are. Blotted with sin to the core. We are more like sin factories and all that comes from our hearts and lives is nothing but sin. More like injecting poison into a piece of apple, every single bite of that apple is lethal. Now that is what we call the nature of sin, so the apple is fully poisoned, but the acts of the sinful nature would be the lethal apple bites. A little bite would result to death, and even so instantly.
Now that is what has happened to the human race, and the self acclaimed gay gospel artist. Poisoned apple with lethal bites. Another term would be what you would call perversion. Twisted self. Man hates God, runs after evil, God lets man have all he wants and eventually man chokes himself to death.
There is no difference, one should not say i am not gay, i do all the good stuff, i do not steal, i do not kill. That is great, it is good to be good and do good things but as i said we are all poisoned and no amount of good works and good things can get us in unity with God. The Gospel is the means of unity but with God, but it is not about unity in itself like the gay guy is peddling.
Another thing that ought to be set straight is that sin is sin by any other name. Gay ism is just as sinful and envy and jealousy and fornication. Same applies to slander and drunkenness. All of these things are the symptoms of our sickness. They are not the sickness in themselves but they point out to the core disease which is the nature of sin. Now this nature is what gives birth to these symptoms.
Now that we have seen the problem and we all are the problem then the solution to the problem is what the gay gospel artist and all of us need to know. This gospel is what is the good news. The good news of God, that after letting us go our own way and caused our own destruction and got depraved, God almighty does not want all of us to die as a result of this ailment.
He initiates a plan and executes the way to unity with him not unity among men. God is pleased when we are united and by all means he wants us to unite with a common purpose. But even in our efforts to unite we can not unite, unless we first unite with God. So all of us are dead, but God chooses to intervene and change the course of our fate.
Now this is it, a price had to be paid and the price was to be paid to God. No man could pay this price so God instead asked for a price and He goes ahead to pay the price. That while we were still sick He brought the healing which is Jesus Christ. Christ is the healer of our nature of sin. His death and resurrection paid our healing and whoever God elects or chooses to save is thus healed. Now it is about the man for man, you see it is man who sinned and man died and man was to finally die eternally, but the God man, Jesus Christ was without sin, this nature of sin. So when He died on that cross He imputed his righteousness on us. That is the nature of righteousness and holiness. And in that is our healing.
For all that have received Christ they have received healing, what remains is a groaning and a struggle with the acts of the sinful nature. The nature has been crucified and is dealt with once and for all. What remains for them that are in Christ is to trust and obey, there is no other way, trust that Christ will lead us home and obey Him to be able to overcome sin.
Now that is the unity of the Gospel, Christ has died, Christ has resurrected and Christ has united us back to God. The unity is in us being forgiven, getting our perversion dealt with and living in obedience to the will of God. But if we choose to be proud and full of ourselves and keep to the depraved nature, then all that is remaining for us is eternal death.
But sure enough we can be gay, yes and even call ourselves gospel artists, yes, and even be celebrities yes, because in our nature, the twisted selves that’s the best we can offer. Sin has got the best of us and we can not help it but be gay.
But the wages of sin is death, be depraved all you want. Make yourself the gay artist of the century. Build influence and live like you want. But sooner than later you will drop and meet the giver of life. The God almighty. Then you will account. Soon and very soon.