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Jul 1

A Christian’s Response to the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage

Everything has changed, but really nothing has changed.
 
A committee of five people does not actually have the authority to overrule God’s divine definition of marriage. While the law of our land has changed, the task of God’s Church remains the same. We are called to function as God’s guiding light to help confused people make their way into God’s embrace of grace. We are called to speak the truth in love. We cannot cave in to the cultural and compromise our commitment to Christ, but simultaneously; God calls us to have deep compassion for all people. The people who are celebrating sin are not the enemy but our mission field!
 
Here are a few reminders that may prove helpful:

1. Jesus clearly teaches that marriage is designed by God as one man for one woman for life and that truth is not grounded in the government but in God’s creation (Matthew 19:4).

2. Light shines brightest in the darkness. The Church should function as God’s guiding light by articulating a compelling Christian vision of authentic marriage. Christianity was born against the back-drop of a lost and sexually deviant Roman Empire. God’s people used their marriages to illustrate Christ’s love for His Church as they made their homes a slice of heaven on earth. We must do the same (Ephesians 5:19-33).
 
3. While we cannot compromise with the culture because we are committed to Biblical truth regarding the damaging practice of homosexuality; yet we are still called by God to love, honor and respect all people. “Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God and honor the king.” (1 Peter 2:17) A Christian worldview mandates that we accept everyone but we cannot agree with practices that prove harmful to people. Biblical truth provides protective moral boundaries and we must personally develop clear communications on what we believe and why we believe it. We must share with our friends that Biblical truth, history and personal experience reveal that a world without God’s protective moral boundaries leads to confusion, chaos and catastrophes. It would be like trying to drive in Atlanta without traffic lights, road demarcations, or law enforcement personnel. Wrecks and tragedy would abound without boundaries. So, we must lovingly share what the Bible teaches about marriage, homosexuality, and Biblical standards of protective purity. We must state our beliefs in a loving and reasonable way that point people to the redemption and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.

4. Remember that Christianity is naturally counter-cultural. Jesus said we are in the world, but not of the world. (John 17:14) We are “aliens and strangers.” (1 Peter 2:11) So we have a different view than our world. Therefore, do not be surprised when you face hostility and persecution for upholding and teaching Biblical truth. Furthermore, don’t be surprised when non-Christians do not embrace Christian values. After all, why would we expect people who do not follow Christ to: abstain from sex before marriage; clean up foul language; stop smoking marijuana and using other drugs; be faithful to one person for life; or pass laws like the entire nation was Christian?  When we disagree with people do so with respect and love. Jesus said our primary characteristic should be reflecting His love (John 13:34-35). After all, judgment is not a very effective evangelism strategy, but love always wins. Our greatest goal is not to change our culture but to advance God’s kingdom.
 
5. We must pray for revival and spiritual awakening in our nation. God can use the descending morality of our day as a springboard for sharing the ultimate hope and help of Jesus Christ. We must repent of our own sin, humble ourselves in prayer and cry out fervently and passionately for God to move in fresh and powerful ways (II Chronicles 7:14). The Christian church is at its best and most authentic when we offer an alternative pathway that leads seekers from the broad road of destruction to a narrow highway of truth, salvation and transformation.
 
6. Replace panic or outrage with humbly and consistently offering Christ’s love, light, truth, grace, and hope to the people God places in your path. IN THE END, JESUS WINS!

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