You’ve probably heard by now that the U.S. Supreme Court made a historic ruling to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. This means that every state is now required to provide marriage licenses for gay couples who want to be married. What does this mean for the future of marriage and the Christian definition of family in America? Has God lost the vote?
If I can offer one quick thought in terms of an immediate response, it’s DON’T PANIC! There is nothing new under the sun when it comes to God dealing with opposition to His word or His church. Throughout history, Christianity has had to deal with far worse than an unbiblical decision by a political entity. So, don’t worry, God is still in charge and has a plan.
So what are the implications of this latest ruling?
Remember God’s Word Doesn’t Change
Hebrews 13:8-9 – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings.
When it comes to Jesus and God’s word, they are timeless and never change. Even though culture and perspectives may change, the word of God never changes. Jesus was very clear that marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman (Matthew 19:4-6). So even though culture may disagree with God’s truth, which has been the case for millennia, that doesn’t mean it is any less true. It also doesn’t mean we compromise or redefine it in order to stay relevant. Something isn’t true because it is in the Bible. It is in the Bible because it is true! God’s plan for marriage between a man and woman was to compliment one another in their gender differences, have babies, and build families. This is true and will always be true regardless of a Supreme Court ruling (see blog “A Boy Named Sue”).
This Will Provide More Opportunity for the Gospel
Matthew 5:14-16 – “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
God calls every Christian to be His ambassador and shine the light of Jesus to a dark world. He does not want us to be embarrassed or hidden in our faith, our sinfulness, or God’s provision of mercy and forgiveness on the cross. The darker things get, the brighter we need to shine, helping people understand the Gospel and saving faith in Jesus (see blog “Freaked Out”). It’s important the church and Christians see this latest Supreme Court ruling as an opportunity for the Gospel rather than a blow against the Gospel! It is important we see it as an opportunity to provide hope, rather than a hopeless situation. God will use us in greater ways if we are willing to shine the light!
Challenging Times Make Stronger Christians
1 Peter 2:20-21- But how is it to by your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps .
There is nothing more devastating to our walk with the Lord than being spiritually comfortable. This will make us apathetic and lazy. However, having to encounter challenges, struggles, and opposition, will make you spiritually stronger and deepen your walk with Jesus (see blog “Do You Make Jesus Sick?”). Throughout history, the church has always been stronger when it has had to struggle. Although no one wants to face spiritual persecution, the results are usually beneficial.
This recent Supreme Court ruling will force us to deal with people, topics, and situations we’ve never had to deal with before. It will drive us deeper into God’s word, unconditional love, and helping people see their need for a Savior. We will have to grow and get stronger in order to make a difference for God’s glory! Could it be that God may be knocking us out of our spiritual stupor with this latest ruling?
We live in exciting times, when the Gospel is needed more than ever before. Christians don’t need to worry or panic no matter how concerning it may look. We are not alone, Jesus promises to be with us every step of the way (Mat 28:19-20).
So even though the race may look at little different now, lets get out there and run!
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