Now that the dust has settled on the recent elections, and on what appears to be the DUP’s attempt to test the waters, it is important to restate that sexuality is always a matter of choice according to the inclination of the human heart. Sinful choices, therefore, consequently flow from a sinful heart. To argue ‘I was born this way’ is in reality an admission of sinful depravity.
Sadly, the human heart is “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked,” cf. Jeremiah 17:9. The sin of sodomy is one of those sins which flows from a deceitful and desperately wicked heart.
This same sin is further described in Holy Scripture as an ‘abomination’, cf. Leviticus 18:22; 'uncleanness’, ‘dishonourable’ ‘vile affections’, ‘against nature’ and ‘unseemly’, cf. Romans 1:24,26,27. The Bible uses the strongest of language against this sin.
Public representatives have a God-given duty to uphold the moral law of God in all their conduct and to encourage and exhort others to do the same. Otherwise “evil communications corrupt good manners”, so states the Word of God. This is the very basis of a civilised society.
Furthermore, the endorsement of any candidate, who practises what the Bible declares to be an immoral choice, by whomever, calls into question the moral and spiritual integrity of those who give that endorsement. Whether it is an elected representative, or party officer, their fitness to govern is also called into question. Do they think they are exempt from compliance with God’s moral law? God’s moral law most certainly applies to every aspect of life and not just within church doors.
Who encouraged and endorsed the inclusion of Alison Bennington as a candidate? and who subsequently revealed her sinful lifestyle to the media? are questions worth knowing an answer to. Those who did know, or who acquiesced in the decision, will have to answer for their part at a higher bar than the court of public opinion.
There has been already a gloating, by supporters of sodomy, over the election of Alison Bennington. Her election is being hailed, in some quarters, as a weakening of opposition to the sin of sodomy and so-called ‘gay marriage’, and furthermore is being used as a lever for increased promotion of the ‘gay rights agenda’ in this society.
Bible-believing Christians, and there is no other sort of Christian, will view with complete dismay this development in the most recent local elections. We do so from the standpoint of the teaching of the Word of God, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34.
It is our prayer that in this year which marks the 160th anniversary of the ‘59 Revival’, “The Year of Grace” as it became known, that the God of heaven would again graciously visit this land and bring about a turning unto Himself. “It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.” Psalm 119:126. This is our hope and earnest prayer.
Before that breath of revival from God will come the broken reed of unionist representative politics will have to be unmasked.
Rev Brian McClung
Minister, Newtownabbey Free Presbyterian Church