Exodus chapter 32 is surely one of the saddest chapters in the Old Testament.
God has done a mighty work on behalf of His people Israel. He’s freed them from slavery in Egypt through a series of miraculous events. He’s led them through the Red Sea on dry land and destroyed the army of Pharaoh. He’s led them into the desert as a pillar of fire by night and a column of smoke by day. He’s fed and cared for them as His children.
But more important than all that, He’s condescended to communicate with them through His mediator, Moses. He’s given them His law and promised to be their God if they will serve and obey Him.
Now, Moses and Joshua have been called by the LORD to go up Mt. Sinai and receive further instructions from Him and the people of God have been called to faithfully wait.
Of course we know what happened. They did not want to wait on the one true God. They created a god of their own – one who would act the way they wanted him to act and let them act the way they wanted to act. So at the prompting of Aaron, their spiritual leader, they removed the gold earrings given them by the Egyptians and used them to create a false god, a golden calf, and began to worship it.
This week the delegates to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) removed their gold earrings and presented them to their leaders who fashioned them into an idol and proclaimed “These are your gods O PCUSA.” By a 3 to 1 margin, the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to allow Presbyterian pastors [sic] to perform what they are calling same-sex marriages – essentially thumbing their nose at the creation ordinance of marriage set up by God at the beginning of time and reinforced by Christ in the New Testament.
Like the people of Israel in the desert, the PCUSA wants a god who will jump through their hoops. One who will always agree with them and let them live any way they want to live. Since the one true God is not like that, they did what people have done from the beginning of time, they fashioned a god for themselves who would act the way they want him / her / it to act.
Jeremiah speaks of this:
“My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken me,
the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water. – Jeremiah 2:13
Our lives in this world are not always easy. Sanctification is a long and difficult process. But we are called to say “no” to our ungodly desires, no matter what they are, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives as we wait for the Lord’s return (Titus 2:11-14). Homosexuality is by no means an unforgivable sin. But it is a sin. Paul makes it clear in I Corinthians 6:9-11 that there were members of the church there who had repented of homosexuality (and many other sins) and were now washed, sanctified and justified before the Lord.
By telling people they can have their sin and God too, the PCUSA is speaking “peace when there is no peace” (Jeremiah 6:14). They are leaving people under the wrath of God in order to worship at the altar of political correctness and cultural relevance. Under the banner of inclusiveness, they are excluding people from the Kingdom of God just as the Pharisees did in Jesus’ day (Matthew 23:13).
I pray they will repent before it is too late, both for them and for those they are leading to destruction.