There is widespread
agreement that morality in America is deteriorating with
breathtaking speed. One central pull that is dragging us into the
inferno is the drive for "gay marriage."
In my book When the Crosses are Gone, I warn that when a
culture abandons thinking and logic in favor of feelings and
emotions, it is doomed to destruction. Although emotions are a very
important part of the human psyche, when they control every aspect
of life, morality becomes a victim.
Today, there is widespread agreement that morality in America is
deteriorating with breathtaking speed.
On one hand, we face a belligerent and intimidating lobby that
desires the breakdown of biblical morality. On the other hand, a
docile public -- as well as church leadership -- is terrified to
stand up for truth lest it provoke the false accusation of bigotry,
intolerance, and all sorts of phobias.
That deadly combination, which threatens to take us into the
very abyss, is far more dangerous and everlasting than any "fiscal
cliff" crisis. I'm not minimizing the potential for an economic
collapse that the U.S., and the entire world, is facing. But that
collapse itself is also related to our abandonment of biblical
One central pull that is dragging us into the inferno is the
drive for so-called "same-sex marriage." It is central because it
runs counter to the very purpose of creation.
For when God created humanity, He created a man and a woman who
anatomically, and in every other way, fit and complemented each
other. When God Himself performed the first wedding, in the Garden,
He communicated that this is the only acceptable marriage
The intriguing part to this controversial subject is that even
within the homosexual community, there are people opposed to
"same-sex marriage." That is an indictment on the clergy and
pastors who are chomping at the bit to perform these unprecedented
The urgency of some clergy and pastors stems from a fear of
criticism and alienation by the most powerful lobby that ever
existed. For seldom does a lobbying group have the entire media
apparatus and all of Hollywood behind it. That mighty power has
caused even many evangelical pastors to scurry about in agreement
or stand completely silent. Some of those pastors started well, but
they sold their birthright for a pot of popularity and
There is only one antidote to this epidemic of conformity. There
is only one barrier that can hold back this speeding madness. There
is only one act that can zip shut the mouths of hungry lions.
Repentance. We must return to our first love for God and His
Our Christian forbearers endured being devoured by ferocious
animals and being dipped into boiling tar to light up the emperor's
gardens. And today, more than 100 million Christians live under
severe persecution because they refuse to compromise and bow down
to the Caesars of this world. So what is a little bit of ridicule
and false accusation? How can a little non-acceptance by society
compare to that?
Therefore, let us be courageous. Let us return to the Lord in
repentance before we go over the moral cliff and plunge deep into
Michael Youssef, PhD is an Egyptian-born American and
founding rector of The Church of The Apostles. His messages are
broadcast 3,800 times a week into 200 countries through Leading The
Way Ministries. He holds a PhD from Emory University in Social
Anthropology. His blog: www.michaelyoussef.com. Follow
on Twitter: @MichaelAYoussef.
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