When, in a recent column, I called same-sex marriage “one of the most radical ideas considered since child sacrifice,” I apparently hit a nerve.
But I didn’t expect to hear outrage from as far away as Egypt.
Here’s how my words were twisted by Bikyanews.com – an apparently homosexual-friendly news outlet in Muslim Brotherhood-controlled Egypt: “Virulent conservative and CEO of WorldNetDaily Joseph Farah has left the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in shock after linking marriage equality to child sacrifice in a recent editorial.”
Notice the subtle effort to suggest I was “linking” the two abominations.
Had I said, “same-sex marriage is one of the most radical ideas since sliced bread,” I don’t think anyone would suggest I was linking one with the other.
But this was the premise for the story, bolstered by interviews.
“The statement has shocked even the most hardened activist, including Amet, a Ghana-born gay man living in London, told Bikyanews.com on Wednesday evening. ‘It is really shocking that gay people getting married is the same as child sacrifice in his eyes. It really shows how far we still have to go in order to get people to stop being so crazy.’”
Of course I didn’t say they were the same.
I just proclaimed them radical ideas. In fact, I would add that what they have in common is that they are radically sinful ideas. In fact, they are so radically sinful that the Creator of the universe, who defines right from wrong, says in Jeremiah 19:5 that until the notion of child sacrifice was actually committed by the human race, it had not even entered His holy mind as a possibility.
I suspect the One True God feels the same way about same-sex marriage, since He specifically prohibits homosexuality and lesbianism as an abomination in Leviticus 18:22 and Romans 1:22-27. Likewise, no less authority than Jesus the Messiah explained the natural order of marriage in Matthew 19:4-6: “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
But man has not only put asunder individual marriages by the millions, in the 21st century, for the first time in recorded history, man is trying to put asunder the entire institution of marriage as designed by the Creator in Genesis 2:24.
My point was there is nothing “conservative” about embracing and uplifting a sinful, immoral lifestyle that for 6,000 years was never practiced. Not until the 21st century – the last 13 years – has this idea become trendy and popular.
As the Egyptian “news agency” records: “For activists, Farah is becoming more and more in the minority, and should have little clout in the coming years.”
The Ghana-born homosexual named Amet agrees: “I think his kind is moving away and won’t be an issue soon.”
Maybe people like me represent a dying breed who still concern ourselves with morality that only a Creator God could define.
But it won’t change my mind, no matter how trendy same-sex marriage becomes.
It won’t change my mind, no matter how popular child sacrifice becomes – and, in the 20th century, it became more popular than ever, even to the point of sacrificing children before birth. I suspect, even though we serve an all-knowing, all-powerful God, that this, too, was something that never entered His holy mind as a possibility.
It could only come from the darkness of the imaginations of sinful man.
No, I didn’t intend to link child sacrifice with same-sex marriage. Yet they are linked. They are inextricably linked as behaviors characterized as abominations by the God of the Bible.
They both emerge right from the pit of hell.
But there’s good news for those who comprehend my words.
In Isaiah 9:17, we learn there is hope: “For every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaketh folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.”
God is willing to forgive – and even forget our sins, no matter how heinous – if only we turn from them and back to His ways. He wants that so badly He was willing to send His only begotten Son to stretch out both hands and die an agonizing death on the cross to pay for those sins.