Consider Scripture Nov. 6

This is an appeal to people of all faiths regarding the Marriage Amendment question in the upcoming election. My premise is that believers of every religion need to consider what their Scriptures teach concerning marriage and homosexuality. Across numerous religions, marriage is considered sacred—and universally heterosexual. As for homosexuality, don’t take my word for it—please go to a concordance of your own Scriptures to see what your own religion teaches. It is important to go to the source—God’s Word—even more importantly than listening to spiritual leaders. After all, some church leaders are teaching things that are completely contrary even to their own Scriptures. Shouldn’t that call their credibility into question? To the faith leaders who are speaking out in favor of gay marriage (despite everything the Bible says about homosexuality), I say this: listen to Isaiah 5:20 and 24, which says, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil” and James 3:1, which states that church leaders will be judged more strictly than others; and the words of Jesus, who gave a stern warning against leading others astray in Luke 17:1-2. To everyone else, I say this: We are very fortunate in this country and in this day, that we all have access to the Scriptures and can check them ourselves. Acts 17:11 encourages us to check the Scriptures diligently to determine whether our spiritual leaders are speaking the truth. In Matthew 7:15, Jesus warns us to beware of false prophets who he describes as wolves in sheep’s clothing. 2 Timothy 4:3 talks about how people flock to spiritual leaders who, instead of adhering to the truth, tell them whatever it is that they want to hear. But Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked.” God’s truth is not changed just because someone ignores or dismisses it. In Matthew 5:18, Jesus says that God’s Word is unchanging; and in Revelation 2:18-19, the Apostle John warns against adding to or subtracting from Scripture. My prayer is that on Nov. 6, people of faith will vote in accordance with their God-given conscience, regardless of how the culture and even some spiritual leaders would have them vote. — Geoffrey A. Forbes, MS, Rogers