Compared to the rest of the world, Christ-followers in the United States have it pretty good. Yet, the Bible is very clear; everyone who wants to live a life that glorifies Jesus will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12). Recently, the city of Houston proved this point.
Indeed, the city of Houston tried to subpoena the sermons and communications belonging to a number of pastors in the area. The Alliance Defending Freedom filed a motion to stop the attempt, with ADF Litigation Counsel Christiana Holcomb saying “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.” Why did Houston care so much about sermons and communications from a few pastors?
Well, in June, the Houston City Council passed a law which allows members of the opposite sex to use the restrooms of whatever gender they identify with. Sexual predators likely rejoiced. After all, now they could “identify” as a woman, and then stalk women and children in public bathrooms. Naturally, some residents of Houston were a bit concerned, and several pastors in the area have opposed the law. A lawsuit against Houston’s mayor, Woodfill v. Parker, was even filed. So, it’s hardly surprising that the city of Houston responded by demanding pastors give them their sermons and personal communications.
Despite what most people think, when it comes to what we believe about the world, there is no such thing as a “neutral” position. Houston’s mayor, Annise Parker, is a lesbian. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Let’s just say it would offend Ms. Parker, because the Bible says people who engage in homosexual behavior are suffering “the due penalty for their error” of having “exchanged the truth about God for a lie” (Read Romans 1:24-27 for the full passage). In other words, this isn’t about discrimination. This is about imposing her anti-God view of human sexuality onto people, because she has suppressed the truth about God in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18) and loves darkness rather than light (John 3:19-21).
Jesus once said that “from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female’” (Mark 10:6). Homosexuality is a sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-10), and there are only two genders (Genesis 1:27). I’m sorry I’m not sorry. That’s how God made things. If you have a problem with me about it, you have a problem with Him. Since He has all the power, I’m not the least bit worried about what you might do to me. Jesus commanded me to “not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). I will respect God and His Word. I will obey Him no matter what (Acts 5:29). I will stand with the Houston pastors who refuse to compromise the truth. What about you?