Unholy Union

And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? (Mat. 19:4-5)

I see them basking under the Bahamas sun on a pristine beach, silvery sand clinging on bare tanned shoulders and wide smiles pasted on their faces. They smile for the camera as they await dinner aboard the cruise ship, she, looking fabulous in a spaghetti-strapped silk red dress. They vacation in cozy cabins beside still lakes or fly to other countries, enjoy the sights, shop and buy some souvenirs. The world may behold them and it would think that they are living the good life. And indeed, that’s what she said before sitting down for one of those dinners with friends, sporting an elegant black tube dress. The good life.

This was her dream. And now, she’s living it to the full: good job, nice condo, “perfect” partner.

I’ll be honest, my heart was pinched by envy as I gazed at their photos. Then reality set in and a feeling of sadness took over; righteousness that is in Christ put its foot down and the truth was upheld. In the world’s standards, their life is the good life. Only that, they are both women. And they are my friends of old.

And then there was another one. I had known her since we were young back home in the province. She was a sweet, thoughtful friend. Then they migrated to another country and after about a couple of lovely birthday cards that she sent, I never saw or heard from her again. But the Internet has shrunk the world, and I saw her again, just months before she tied the knot with the love of her life. She had changed her gender to man and her title to Mr. They were married before a priest in a church that claims to be Christ’s. Two people born females now “husband and wife”.

What shall a Christ’s servant do? If I keep quiet and do not speak the truth, what am I but a fake follower?

 Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth. (1 Cor. 13:6)

So, in the midst of fear of losing friends and maybe receiving others’ rage (Oh, Lord, thou art my shield!), I write this – out of my obedience to the truth, for the mercy of God compels me, and out of my love for the unsaved. For I fear God the more, lest I might find myself condemned by Him.

17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: 18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.19 Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. (Eze. 3:17-19, emphasis added)

IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS ONLY A MAN AND A WOMAN, A HUSBAND AND WIFE, A HOLY UNION ORDAINED AND BLESSED BY GOD

By the wisdom of God the world was created. We can see that God created everything perfectly. There was nothing askew, nothing out-of-order. Even in the most basic, simplest analysis, we see that He designed holy union as “lock and key”. The male and the female. We see then that we change His perfect design of things by insisting that a key can be used with another key, or a lock can be opened with another lock.

We have changed this perfect wisdom into the basest of things because the world we live in is depraved (see 1 John 5:19). Please  read Romans 1 here.

They exchanged the truth about God for a lie.

Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.

Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones.

In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men.

Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

(Rom. 1:24-27)

But they do go to church. I know of one who receives them and officiates their wedding ceremonies, and it has the gall to label itself as Christian? I remember the Lord’s words:

I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. (Rev. 2:9, emphasis added)

But the Lord Jesus Christ loves you and is waiting for you with arms wide open, ready to receive and forgive you, to pour out His abundant grace upon you and give you a new life upon your confession, repentance and surrender.

Know more about the Gospel of salvation here.

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My gratitude list (the gifts I received from the hand of the gracious Lord):

  • This great opportunity to share the Gospel to the world (most especially to long lost friends :)).
  • My beloved mother and sister traveling from the province to celebrate our mother’s birthday here.

  • Being able to eat in our formal dining table after so many years to celebrate my beloved mother’s birthday.

  • This very messed-up all-chocolate boston cake I made for my mother (the top layer collapsed during transfers making the cake look like a yummy heap :)) that gathered love and family and cheerful conversations around my mobile kitchen.

  • These freshly-baked papparoti buns (buns with coffee topping and butter filling) which accompanied our afternoon of playing catch-up with family.

  • Bird watching and photography: an answered prayer since that was the reason why I bought IS telephoto lens.

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Comments

  1. Beautifully written post. The scriptures you included are so encouraging and convicting to me. We really mustn’t remain silent and/or neutral in this matter!

  2. Thank you for writing this. God’s design, sin’s distortion and the redemption Jesus offers. As we reach out with the gospel, it is His love that reaches to the depth of the lost.

    And that chocolate cake looks YUMMY!! ;-D

  3. I am so very thankful I have read this post along side your other writing today.

  4. Joan says:

    God will bless you for standing up for the truth of His word. So many people in this day and age ignore the truth because it points out their weaknesses. However, when we come to the Lord in submission to His words, He will enable all of us to obey.

    Blessings, Joan

  5. joepote01 says:

    Difficult issues to address!

    So often, it seems, people who have chosen same-sex union hear nothing but condemnation from Christians…and seem so much more in need of love and compassion.

    Sometimes it feels like we have to chose between Grace and Truth…yet I know Christ is always full of both Grace and Truth.

    • RinaPeru says:

      I choose both Grace and Truth, Joe. I don’t condemn; I don’t hate. I just wanted to speak the truth in love. Before I received the Lord, I went astray. I have written many times about my testimony. My story is like “The Woman Taken in Adultery”. While I was in the midst of it, I had a Christian employee who became my close friend, but she never told me she was a born-again Christian. She never told me what I was doing was sinful and worthy of death; she never told me the Truth…until I became ill and bed-ridden. I told her I want to be brought to the feet of Jesus. That was the first time that she spoke of her faith. And that was how I was saved.

      I don’t want to happen to my friends what happened to me. I don’t want to keep quiet until it’s too late.

  6. Joy says:

    Very honest post. I can feel your concern and Th truth hurts? But it will set free those who listen and obey.

  7. Charlotte says:

    So sad. I’m appalled at the way this kind of thing has become so “accepted” in our world today, at least in my part of the world. You’re called a sexist and a homophobe it you don’t agree with them. Sadly so many are misled because it is so acceptable today.
    As always your food pictures make my mouth water. So yummy.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

    • RinaPeru says:

      Very true, dear Charlotte. I received a hate comment for writing this. And then, the same hate commenter replied to one of the positive comments, saying almost the same things and curses, and too many lies that she has believed and embraced. I was called to share God’s Truth and Grace and by His grace, I’ll do just that.

      Blessings my dear Charlotte!
      Rina

  8. maria dunn says:

    A friend and I were talking just today about a similar issue, loving those dear to us who are not walking with the Lord. It is a difficult dilemma. How do we love yet not condone? How do we speak truth and yet not condemn? We must stay glued to the Spirit of God, praying continuously and trusting that He will work through our feeble efforts. Thank you for encouraging all of us to speak truth in love. Be blessed.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Beautiful words, Maria. Our beloved pastor loves to say, “We love the sinner but we hate the sin.” We can love them by praying for them incessantly and sharing the Gospel steadfastly.

      Blessings to you!

  9. To truly love someone, you must speak the truth to them. To do otherwise is to just watch them head to destruction. The truth may not sway them but it is worth a try. It was by grace that we were saved to the truth. The Lord looks for those who are unafraid to speak what is right despite the consequences.

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