Was Jesus a "Liberal"? I don't think so. Consider His view on marriage, for example. According to the Bible, marriage was instituted by God for the happiness and welfare of the human race. The first couple were made by God and were brought together by God because it was “not good for man to be alone” (Gen. 2:18). Marriage is a God thing, not a government thing. The Lord who designed it sets the rules and defines the boundaries. God said: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh” (Gen. 2:24). This is the biblical, traditional, definition of marriage.
So, along comes Jesus and one of the questions He was asked had to do with the permanence of the marriage relationship. “Is it lawful for a man to put away (divorce) his wife for every cause?” (Matt. 19:3). In answering this vital question, Jesus not only addresses the permanence of the relationship but the purpose of the relationship. He said: “Have you not read, that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, “For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Matt. 19:4-6).
Notice that Jesus clearly defines marriage as between a male and a female, and man and a woman. No government on earth, and no society—regardless of how liberal it is—has the right to redefine what God has designed and defined. The very purpose of marriage between a male and female is that they be “joined together” in a bond of matrimony that is for their pleasure and their procreation.
The problem with liberal thinking today is quite simple. They do not regard marriage as an institution of God, but merely a convenient arrangement authorized by government laws. Here again, as in all other so-called “social” issues, God is left out of the equation, thereby freeing unbelievers to set their own rules, and live according to their own desires.
The advocates of gay marriage have cleverly convinced our society that the issue is one of discrimination instead of one of basic qualifications. For hundreds of years of human history, it was accepted, without any question, that the obvious qualification for getting a marriage license was one man and one woman. If I apply for a job but don’t meet the basic requirements or qualifications, I am not being discriminated against. I’m simply not qualified.
As with abortion, the Supreme Court does not determine what is right and wrong—God does. The Bible clearly and consistently condemns homosexual relationships. Take time to read the following passages: Gen. 19:4-7; Lev. 18:22 and 20:13; Deut. 23:17; Rom. 1:24-27; I Cor. 6:9. Those who hold to traditional marriage and speak out against gay marriage are often accused of being “homophobic”. But we do not hate those who are gay at all. We simply cannot accept their lifestyle. Jesus loved sinners but He hated their sin and condemned elicit sexual behavior.
I am fully aware how unpopular such biblical passages are today. But it is important for people to understand what God says, whether they like it or not. Liberals love to preach tolerance, but they have no tolerance for those who hold to traditional marriage. Make no mistake, our traditional, biblical Christian values are under attack today as never before.
It is interesting to note that Jesus compared the “last days” (the days right before His return and the end of the world) to “the days of Noah” (see Matt. 24:37-39). A close study of Gen. 6:1-11 shows why God decided to destroy the world with a flood. The world of Noah’s day is described in the following three ways:
•First, there was a complete breakdown of the institution of marriage. “They took them wives of all that they chose”. •Second, there was a complete breakdown of morals. “Every imagination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually.” •Third, there was a complete breakdown of law. “And violence filled the earth”.
Any honest intellectual person would have to conclude, therefore, that God does not condone gay marriage and homosexual practice, on the basis of the plain teaching of the Bible. You may not like what the Bible says, but you can’t deny what it says. And, it is evident that the Lord’s return is just around the corner.