God the Father still sits on His throne with Jesus Christ, His Son, sitting at His right hand interceding on our behalf and His Holy Spirit indwelling each and every believer.
Satan is still defeated.
Jesus Christ will still return.
God still wins.
Now that we have the most important issue addressed, here are my humble opinions regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage that was released earlier today:
- I’m not sure why this came as a shock to many people today. We live in a fallen world inhabited by fallen people – many of whom do not hold a Christian worldview. Why should we expect them to think like we do and believe like we do? (1 Corinthians 5:9-13)
- If we want people to share our beliefs – ultimately to find salvation through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection – then maybe we should focus more on loving them into the Kingdom of God as opposed to yelling at, protesting against, and belittling them. I am convinced that there are only 2 strategies we are given in Scripture that will bring about a Gospel-centered, Spirit-infused change in our culture: prayer and evangelism. Furthermore, I am convinced that it we – the Church – focused our efforts on these 2 things versus the former list I gave and trusted the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do – truly change and transform people into the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 12:1-2, Romans 8:28-30) – then we would see the spiritual awakening and revival that we are longing to see.
- That spiritual awakening and revival starts with ourselves and not with those outside of our worldview. I believe that the Gospel-centered, Spirit-infused change we want to see take place begins with those of us who believe the Gospel and have the Holy Spirit inside of us. If we want to be angry, upset, disappointed, or whatever we should point those thoughts and emotions in the right direction: ourselves. This decision didn’t come as the result of something that transpired in the past few weeks. Our American culture has become what it is because we sat idly by and watched. Or maybe we yelled, and protested, and belittled. But I doubt we are where we are as a nation because we – the Church, the bride of Christ – prioritized prayer and evangelism.
- I also humbly submit to you that there is no such thing as a Christian nation – other than the Church. As such, America has never been in and of itself a Christian nation. America hasn’t lost its identity as a Christian nation, rather the Christian nation – the Church (1 Peter 2:9-10) – we lost part of our identity when we began neglecting our ministry of reconciliation which is why we are where we are and experiencing what we are experiencing as the nation of America. And if you differ with my opinion and still believe America was and must return to being a Christian nation, that’s totally cool. It still shouldn’t lead to believe that we should have expected a different outcome. We can look at Israel as accounted for throughout the entire Old Testament and see that even they – as God’s chosen people – continually went through seasons of rebellion and repentance that ultimately led to the coming of the promised Messiah which is where I hope is found.
- Which brings me full circle to my opening statement in this blog. Our hope is found in God and not a decision made by the Supreme Court. The only end to which their decision matters is if we will allow God to use this to wake up His Church that leads to a return to our identity and mission. If our hope is really lost it will be because we spent more time bemoaning this decision than embracing our ministry of reconciliation.
God, forgive us – Your Church – for dealing judgmentally and angrily with people who don’t know You and neglecting to do what we should have been doing for the past several decades and even centuries – praying for them and sharing with them the Gospel of Your Son Jesus Christ. God, despite our sin, please give us the renewed calling and opportunity to share Your love with the world and as people put their faith and trust in Your Son Jesus Christ, would Your Holy Spirit do only what You can do – continually point us to Jesus and change and transform us into His image. Father, humble us – Your Church, allow us the opportunity in this new day to seek Your face, may we – Your Church – turn from our wicked ways of sitting idly by and being apathetic to this lost and dying world. As we do You have promised us that you will hear our prayer from heaven, forgive us of our sin, and heal our land. In Jesus name we pray, Amen. (2 Chronicles 7:14)