Isaiah 5:20-24 NASB:
It would be easy to apply these words to our nation's reaction toward the recent Supreme Court ruling allowing homosexual marriage in all 50 states.
If you're on social media, you've probably noticed a flood of posts over the past few days, saying things like, At last: equality!" Or "Everyone should have the right to love whoever they want."
And it wouldn't be wrong to make this application. God's word clearly says that his design for marriage is one man and one woman, together for life. Any sexual relationship outside that definition is likely to bring pain, guilt, and loss, both for those immediately involved and for society at large. This is true regardless of the relationship's legal status.
But it would be wrong to stop our thoughts on this passage there. Isaiah is a prophet, and prophecy is intended to make us contemplate our own sin problem, not other people's.
So I confess before you and the Lord this morning that I am guilty of the things Isaiah lists here:
I have called evil good, and good evil.
I have substituted darkness for light and light for darkness.
I have substituted bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
I have gone to great lengths to justify my own wickedness.
I have been wise in my own eyes and clever in my own sight.
I have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
Therefore, I have justly earned God's condemnation: As a tongue of fire consumes stubble and dry grass collapses into the flame, so my root deserves to become like rot and my blossom deserves to blow away as dust.
But God wasn't willing to leave me there, in a place of hopeless, well-deserved condemnation. And He wasn't willing to leave you there, either. That's why we've gathered here today: To celebrate the sacrifice that transferred us from a kingdom of darkness, death, and damnation into one of light, life, and love.
Because Jesus died on the cross for us, we can have forgiveness and restoration through him. When we place our faith in him, his blameless life and righteousness displace our sinful selves. Christ's life becomes who we really are, and we leave behind our old, corrupted natures.
Let's thank God for his merciful, life-giving work on our behalf.