You can make the Bible say whatever you want it to say if you try hard enough. You can make it against or for whatever you prefer, to fit your moral or political agenda. By taking a passage out of its biblical context, you can insert it into your chosen context and make it say exactly the opposite of what it means in the Bible. Really.
Vice-Presidential candidate Tim Kaine has recently appealed to Genesis 1 to demonstrate that God is fully behind the moral revolution that is taking place right now in our culture. Now, we may all have differing opinions on how Christians should respond to the moral revolution, what role the state should have in either championing or squelching it, how we should protect our children from it, and so on and so forth. But to appeal to Genesis 1 and say with respect to the LGBT agenda,
“I think it’s [the Roman Catholic Church] going to change because my church also teaches me about a creator who, in the first chapter of Genesis, surveyed the entire world, including mankind, and said, ‘It is very good… Who am I to challenge God for the beautiful diversity of the human family? I think we’re supposed to celebrate it, not challenge it.”
Now, there’s lifting a personal application of Scripture to the level of biblical principle – which we’ve all done at some point or another as Bible believers – and there’s blatant misrepresentation of God.
As I read the text from Senator Kaine’s speech, I thought of the words of none other than Satan himself two chapter later in Genesis 3 – “Did God actually say…?” Satan was blatantly misrepresenting God in an attempt to trick Adam and Eve into crossing the line that God clearly said should not be crossed.
I’m not sure what Tim Kaine’s motives are. It actually doesn’t matter to me what they are. What I’m concerned about is that he is wrong, dead wrong, to use God’s words to say something that means something other than what God’s words mean whether he meant to do it or not.
So, what to do? First, pray that God’s Word would have free course and make an impact wherever it is read or spoken, even in Tim Kaine’s heart. Second, pray that God would use his Word to show people, including Tim Kaine, their desperate need for Christ. Third, be very careful yourself to properly represent what God says. And fourth, be willing to stand up and say, “No! That’s not what God said” if it ever comes to that.