I woke up this morning to some sad election results in my state of Washington. We approved same-sex marriage. The news cast a pall over my morning. My first thought was that we’ve taken another step away from God’s will, and toward the degradation of society. I went to the word of God, seeking comfort.
First, I saw this in Romans 1:26-27:
For this reason, God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
The words “due penalty” come from the Greek word “dei” which means “an unavoidable, urgent compulsory necessity; necessary in the nature of things.” This means that those who practice homosexuality will receive an unavoidable penalty within themselves, because they are transgressing God’s laws. Regardless of whether they legalize same-sex marriage or not, it is still not legal according to God.
But there’s hope; with God there is always hope. The Lord led me to another passage, in which four beautiful words seemed to jump off the page:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adultereres, nor effeminate [effeminate by perversion], nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:10-11)
I was a fornicator more than once. I was in that crowd mentioned above. But praise God, I was washed. The “washing” that Paul mentions happens in baptism, but it also happens in the washing of the word of God. In Ephesians, Paul talks about how Christ gave Himself up for us, that He might sanctify and cleanse us by the washing of water with the word. (Ephesians 5:26) This particular scripture is not referring to baptism, but rather that the word of God functions as a cleansing agent. How amazing is that?
I was once dirty within myself, receiving the “due penalty” for my error, but I have been washed by His word. And I get dirty again and again, but by His word and His great mercy, I am cleansed again and again.
There are a lot of people who are dirty. Some know it, some don’t. Some want to become clean, but they don’t know how. Others know something is not right, but they don’t realize just how dirty they are. So we must pray for a great washing of our nation. That God would reveal their uncleanness, so that they would come to Him for cleansing.
I was as unclean as anyone else, but I have been washed.
Lord, may I stop looking at others in judgment, and pray for their cleansing. Pray for their sanctification. Because there’s no washing like Your washing. No white like Your white.