Many Christians are (rightly) upset at the majority ruling of the United States Supreme Court in its recent decision to declare “gay marriage” legal. The ruling is not only unethical, but logically absurd. “Gay marriage” is a self-contradictory term: an oxymoron, like “dry water.” The Supreme Court can declare “dry water” to be legal as emphatically as possible, but water will always be wet. Likewise, marriage has always been and will always be one man and one woman united by God, because God created marriage and has defined it as such (Genesis 1:27, 2:24; Matthew 19:3-6).
If a judge decides that “2+2 shall no longer equal 4”, and issues a statement to that effect, will reality change? Of course not. The judge has not changed reality, he has merely revealed his own ignorance and arrogance. The mathematically illiterate might celebrate the decision. But the world of mathematics would not suddenly change to accommodate the ignorance of the judges.
Of course if people started attempting to live by such erroneous thinking, that would be problematic indeed. Just imagine the architect trying to design a new building using the court’s “redefined math.” That’s just not going to go well. Likewise, those people who attempt to live a so-called “marriage” consisting of two men or two women will have serious problems. They will find it quite impossible to obey God’s command to produce godly offspring – the purpose of marriage (Genesis 1:27-28; Malachi 2:14-15).
Furthermore, their sin will have negative consequences even for those of us who do not participate in it. God often gives blessings and punishments on a national level (Deuteronomy 28:1-68; Psalm 33:12). And so when people in our nation rebel against God, mock him and His design for the family, is it reasonable to suppose that God will continue to abundantly bless our nation as He has in the past? No, God will not be mocked. When people sow sin, they reap a harvest of destruction (Galatians 6:7).
When people in positions of authority do something stupid and unethical, all of us who are under their authority suffer. Adam is the first example of this, and we should expect other examples until the Lord returns. Many Christians feel that unjust actions by wicked leaders somehow set back God’s plan. But that is not so. God’s plan cannot be stopped or even slowed by the feeble efforts of wicked men. His purpose will be established and He will accomplish all His good pleasure (Isaiah 46:10). That means that God not only knew in advance that such wicked actions would occur, but they are actually part of God’s plan to accomplish something good! That doesn’t mean that God approves of such sin. Sin is still sin and God will punish those who do not repent. Rather, it means that God uses even the sin of leaders, and the suffering that results from such sin, to accomplish His good purposes.
One such purpose is the sanctification of His people. God uses suffering to effect practical righteousness in His saints (Hebrews 12:11). Silver and gold are refined by fire; so Christians are purified through righteous suffering (Zechariah 13:9; 1 Peter 1:7). Our nation has been so blessed because our God is the Lord (Psalm 33:12). And because we are so blessed, it is all too easy for Christians to become complacent; we fail to seek God, to defend His Word, and to declare His Gospel, because our lives are so comfortable. Rather than making disciples of all nations, we gradually become just like the world. God uses suffering to wake us from our slumber.
Second, God uses the sinful actions of wicked leaders to demonstrate His power and His justice. Wicked men may plan to rebel against God, and think that they can stop God from accomplishing His purposes (Psalm 2:1-3). God just laughs at them (Psalm 2:4). An ant would have a better chance winning a boxing match with Mike Tyson than all the kings and judges of the earth have of stopping God’s plan. God allows leaders to rebel… for a while. But if they do not repent, eventually God will wipe them out. God sometimes raises up wicked leaders for the very purpose of destroying them and exhibiting His own power and justice (Romans 9:17; Exodus 9:16, 10:1-2, 14:4).
Psalm 2:10-12 states, “Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth. Worship the LORD with reverence and rejoice with trembling. Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!” God is certainly willing to forgive wicked men if they repent and turn from their sin (Isaiah 55:7). But if they don’t repent, God will utterly destroy them.
Third, God uses the sin of wicked leaders to show His mercy and His salvation. The devastating consequences of sin can bring people to a state of humility. It is only when sinners are brought low that they cry out to God. And God is gracious to forgive those who repent and call out to Him (Isaiah 55:7). As our nation begins to suffer the inevitable consequences of sin, perhaps many sinners will repent and turn to the Lord. Yes, God can use the suffering of sin to bring about His gracious salvation.
As a matter of historical fact, salvation is possible only because God allowed men to use their authority for evil purposes. It was part of God’s plan that Pontius Pilate would rise to become governor and would have the authority to either crucify or release Christ (John 19:10-11). Fearing the people, Pilate ultimately chose to execute Christ. The crucifixion of the only sinless man was the worst, most wicked action imaginable. And did this set back God’s plan? No – it was His plan (Acts 2:23). And it accomplished the salvation of all God’s people. God works all things together for good for His people (Romans 8:28), He even brings good from the evil decrees of wicked leaders. Whether people rebel or repent, God’s victory cannot be stopped (Deuteronomy 4:35; Psalm 135:6; Proverbs 19:21; Isaiah 43:13).