A Fitting Name

With the arrival of the month of July comes the conclusion of what our nation refers to as “Pride Month.” I’ve reflected a bit, as of late, on just how appropriate a title that is for a month that celebrates such a grotesque self-exaltation by man against his Creator.

What else do you call the casting off of the Creator’s design and instruction regarding gender, marriage, and sexuality but pride? What else do you call the celebration of immorality and perversion but pride? What else do you call such overt and shameless rebellion against God’s law but pride? How can something that God has called an “abomination” (Lev 18:22) be lauded as heroic and courageous? How is it possible that “drag queen story hour” can be regarded as anything other than the clear evidence of the depths of depravity to which mankind has sunk? And yet, “drag queen story hour” is gaining acceptance as an integral part of a child’s education. Only a self-exalting, God-hating pride could so pervert God’s design.

As this month ends, I wanted to briefly encourage you in terms of how should we think about and respond to such realities.

First of all, we plainly call sin whatever God plainly calls sin. Homosexuality is sin. This includes “same-sex attraction.” There are some who want to say the attraction itself is not sinful, it’s only sinful if you act on it. That viewpoint fails to recognize that same sex attraction is a perversion of God’s created order and arises from the warped and sinful desires that dwell within mankind. So-called “transgenderism” is sin. If you have any doubts about that, simply consider what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Whatever God calls sin, we call sin.

Secondly, we recognize that the celebration of this kind of immorality is indicative of the fact that God’s judgment is upon the people of this land. Romans 1 is crystal clear that when a society is given over to these depraved and degrading passions, it is God’s judgment upon them. And quite pertinent to the month of June are Paul’s words in Romans 1:32 - “And although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.” Read Romans 1:18-32 again and note how clearly Paul states that this kind of rampant homosexuality is evidence that society has been given over by God in judgment to its sinful desires.

Thirdly, and most significantly, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not impotent to save those who are lost in this world of immorality (1 Cor 6:11)! We really do believe that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. We really do believe that God is the God who justifies the ungodly. We really do believe that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life. We really do believe that the grace of God is powerful enough to pardon the worst of sinners, but not only to pardon, also to transform (Titus 2:11-14). If you question that, haven’t you forgotten what the grace of God has done in your own heart and life?

But we must remember, that it is exclusively the Gospel of Jesus Christ that is powerful enough to rescue the sinner. The Gospel is God’s choice instrument used for the humbling of the proud heart, the melting of the hard heart, the turning of the obstinate heart. We have nothing else to offer this world but the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s be sure, even though we despair over a society that calls evil good and good evil, that we don’t forget that God has placed us smack dab in the middle of this society so that we might announce His saving good news to it. And don’t forget to thank God for how He has graciously humbled your own proud and sinful heart through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.