At the heart of the controversy is this statement which he made on a radio program: “I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say ‘we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.’”
I have two problems with this statement:
1) I see no Scriptural support for the implicit assertion that God is currently dealing out judgment on individual political states. God certainly dealt out such judgment in the Old Testament, but this seems to be because, under the Old Covenant, God was carrying out his redemptive work on the national level (through a “kingdom of priest” in whom “all the nations of the earth” would be blessed). In the New Testament, however, there is certainly much talk of impending judgment, but aside from the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 and the eschatological destruction of “Babylon” predicted in the Apocalypse, the judgment anticipated in the New Testament is a judgment which will fall on individuals, not nations.
2) More importantly, I see no Scriptural reason to identify the legalization of same-sex marriage as the one act which would incur such a national judgment. Out of all of the flagrant sins which our nation has committed, why should this particular one be selected? Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, America has sacrificed around 50,000,000 defenseless children on the altar of “personal peace and affluence” (to quote Francis Schaeffer). If God is indeed weighing America’s sins in the balance, I hardly think that legalizing same-sex marriage will register much on a scale already so burdened.
Perhaps I am being unnecessarily critical of Cathy's statement, but I fear his words are symptomatic of two troubling attitudes which I have detected in some corners of American Christianity:
1) A greater emphasis on the welfare of our nation than on the welfare of our neighbors.
2) An unscriptural elevation of homosexual sin above other sins.
As Christians, our primary goal should not be to save America; our primary goal should be to save people! This can only be done by sharing the love of Christ, “who delivers us from the wrath to come” (1 Thes. 1:10). Of course, because we maintain that homosexual acts are sinful, we will be falsely accused of hating homosexuals. However, if we arbitrarily hold forth practicing homosexuals as the chief sinners upon whom God’s judgment will fall the swiftest, that accusation will carry a ring of truth.
Like it or not, homosexuality is one of the defining issues of our day, and the world is fixated on the Church's response. The reputation of the gospel is at stake, and we need to choose our words carefully, especially when we are on the radio. We also need to examine ourselves closely and ask God to purge us of any genuine hatred lurking behind our righteous indignation.