Denny Burk recently pointed his blog readers to an opinion piece by Al Mohler in the WSJ, in which he responds to the recent decision by the New York state legislature to legalize gay marriage. Dr. Mohler speaks powerfully about the central issue which Christians face on this front: Do we truly believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to save sinful people? He states it well in the final paragraph:
There is no escaping the fact that we are living in the midst of a moral revolution. And yet, it is not the world around us that is being tested, so much as the believing church. We are about to find out just how much we believe the Gospel we so eagerly preach.
During my reflection on these events, Mohler's words led me to those of the apostle Paul in Romans 1:16:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is God’s power for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
I have to confess that much soul searching has ensued. Am I willing to make a public stand on gay marriage and other divisive issues in our culture, that the gospel of Christ is the solution to the problem they present? Am I willing to plant my feet on the same rock Paul has in my public discourse about social issues and problems?
Yes, I can. Yes, I will.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the sole answer for the sinfulness of humanity. The gospel is the good news that God loved the world so much that he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross so that our sin might be taken away and we might have a relationship with him. It is the only freedom from the sinful condition we are in. It is the only solution to our many problems.
The gospel is what I will share with the homosexual. It is what I will explain to the adulterer. It is the solution I will bring to the abuser. Through it God has cleansed me from my sin, healed my hurts, and redeemed my problems. Through the gospel he will do the same for others, no matter their situation.
I say with Paul: Neither am I ashamed of the gospel of Christ.