March 17, 2013

Letter: Senator wrong


— Here comes another flip-flop by one of the men considered to be vice president of the United States by the Republicans. Rob Portman, an Ohio conservative and former U. S. trade representative and White House budget chief, stated in The Columbus Dispatch that he has switched his view on same-sex marriage and is supporting it now because of his faith and because of what he reads in the Bible.   

The reason for his change came in 2011 when his son, Will, told his parents he was homosexual. Portman said they were surprised and supportive. What I understand Sen. Portman is saying, “Wrong is wrong ... unless my son is doing the wrong ... then wrong becomes right.”

He is the first Republican senator to switch. This is the beginning of a dominoes effect of “conservative” Republicans supporting same-sex marriages. They are simply interested in the political wind that blows. The Democrats are even worse.  

What did he find in the Bible that could cause him to support homosexuality? I Corinthians 6:9-10 says, “... do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (ESV) They will not inherit heaven.

“Ultimately, for me, it came down to the Bible’s overarching themes of love and compassion and my belief that we are all children of God,” he wrote.

God doesn’t love everyone. Psalm 5:5 declares, “You (God) hates the workers of iniquity.” Portman has made an absolute of love and compassion that nullifies the particular commands of Scripture. God loves his own (those he chose before the foundation of the world) that have come to embrace his son, Jesus Christ.

Happiness became his ultimate goal. He changed because “as a father who wants all three of his children to have happy lives with people they love.” He is saying that happiness is more important than what God says. God is not interested in our happiness as he is our holiness.

Happiness without Biblical guidelines will sway one to damnation.



Ronald W. McKinney,pastor

Kinsey Drive Baptist Church