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Heading Off Repentance at the Pass

Heading Off Repentance at the Pass

President Barack Obama, using the full power and prestige of his political high office, issued the following signed declaration on June 1, 2009:

Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month.



He does this every year with hardly a peep of dissent from Christians or from churches.  I wonder how much dissent there would be if he had declared…

Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the USA, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the US, do hereby proclaim January 2012 as Christian Repentance Month… or Traditional Marriage Month?

I realize this is impossible, but why?  What has happened to us?  Do we really value “transgender pride” over traditional marriage or Christian humility?

As a Christian, I have a serious beef with President Obama’s pride-full declarations every year.  Christians know that lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender behavior is sin.  We also know that such sins can be forgiven.  But we tremble in dire trepidation when we see willful pride wedded to such sin.  It’s not the ‘L’, ‘G’, ‘B’ or ‘T’ that will keep such sinners out of heaven for eternity; it’s the “pride!”  Sinful pride is the slave master that keeps us shackled to our sin.  It prevents the humble repentance that could turn LGBT sinners (and any sinner of any kind) back to God and true freedom.

Yes, LGBT people who repent can go to heaven.  Such people were among those in first century Corinth who were washed and sanctified in the name of Jesus and became members of that early church instead of LGBT people (1 Corinthians 6:9-11), by God’s grace.  We will see them in heaven!

Why would the President use his high office to manifest such a declaration on us?  Does he not understand that Christianity renders the pride he seeks to impose on us unthinkable?  As Christians, we are called to love LGBT people and minister to them as Jesus would.  We treat them kindly and respectfully as human beings capable of free-will choices just like we are.  We love them regardless of our disagreement with their choices.  But we are NOT called to honor their sin or engender pride in it.  That is Satan’s mission, not ours and certainly not a President’s.

Pride in sin is the deadliest of all spiritual poisons on the tips of Satan’s swift arrows.  There is nothing the devil hates more than a sinner repenting, which is why he loves sinful pride.  It undermines the Christian gospel at its core.  Satan’s mission is not just to get us to sin.  He knows that those who sin (you and me) can still get into heaven if they (we) humbly repent.  His main mission is to get us to be proud of our sin, thus heading off our repentance at the pass.


The views expressed on this blog are personal and belong to Joel Solliday unless otherwise stated. They are not, intended to characterize the views of the Lewiston Church of Christ or other organizations to which I may refer.


About the Author:

Joel graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A., completing two majors: Art and Religion. He went on to earn the Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. The views expressed on this blog are personal and belong to Joel Solliday unless otherwise stated. They are not, intended to characterize the views of the Lewiston Church of Christ or other organizations to which I may refer.


  1. Robert Russell  February 16, 2012

    I have always appreciated your faithful advocacy for the family, sexual purity, sanity and fidelity to the values revealed in God’s Word. Thank you for being a man of God who states the truth in love. Our clarity in communicating about these issues facing our churches and culture is vital, and you are consistently one of the boldest and level headed thinkers we have in our brotherhood. Keep up the good work.


    • Joelsolliday  February 17, 2012

      Robert, you are too kind. You are a long-time inspiration to me as well, more than words can say. I hope to see you at the Pepperdine lectures this year.

  2. John  March 27, 2012

    This is exactly why I am voting for Rick Santorum!

  3. Brooke Mcdonald  May 2, 2012

    I am constantly rethinking this issue from a Christian standpoint attending a college where Christians are seen as more and more judgmental for considering homosexuality a moral issue. It is often hard these days to oppose the ideas of “Love” and “Tolerance” and the general call to support the LGBT community, especially when we have members of that community attending our school seeking support and validation for their identities. I do believe I am called to love them, but not to tolerate the sin or support its continuation – or share “pride” in it. Thank you for your words on the pride part of this – it’s like if we had a “Murder Pride” month or a “Gossip Pride” month. How could I support that?
    Very thoughtful post – thanks for speaking truth, Joel!

    • Anonymous  May 11, 2012

      Dear Brooke, it is true that Christians have been slandered beyond imagination for defending the institution of marriage as given graciously by God. We (especially evangelicals as a group) have been blamed in sweeping fashion for being bullies, for the high suicide rates among homosexuals, for being hateful and on and on. But we steadfastly oppose bullying, suicide and hatred for human beings. My resolve, like yours, is to keep my love for homosexuals and all people uncompromisingly high without being intimidated by people who do not know me who falsely accuse me of horrible motives. I place our sacred responsibility to our children above the presumed equal “rights” of adults who want to live and love on their own terms. Clearly, God intended for children (as far as it is possible for us to influence) to grow up in loving homes with a mother and father together, married and committed to the family. There is absolutely nothing uncaring or bigoted about supporting that divine intention while still loving those (like me) who fall short. Big blessings, little sister!


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