This morning the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriageI was going about my day and thought of this conversation between Aragorn and Theodan in Lord Of The Rings.
Theodan: “I know what it is you want of me but I will not bring further death to my people.
I will not risk open war.”
Aragorn: Open war is upon you, whether you would risk it or not.
I feel that the coming days will bring war to those who are true to Christ Jesus. The decision by the Supreme court this morning is really anti-climatic. The question we have to ask is how did we come to a place where a definition of marriage is even a question?
Romans 1:20-27 “ From the beginning, creation in its magnificence enlightens us to His nature. Creation itself makes His undying power and divine identity clear, even though they are invisible; and it voids the excuses and ignorant claims of these people 21 because, despite the fact that they knew the one true God, they have failed to show the love, honor, and appreciation due to the One who created them! Instead, their lives are consumed by vain thoughts that poison their foolish hearts. 22 They claim to be wise; but they have been exposed as fools, frauds, and con artists— 23 only a fool would trade the splendor and beauty of the immortal God to worship images of the common man or woman, bird or reptile, or the next beast that tromps along.
24 So God gave them just what their lustful hearts desired. As a result, they violated their bodies and invited shame into their lives. 25 How? By choosing a foolish lie over God’s truth. They gave their lives and devotion to the creature rather than to the Creator Himself, who is blessed forever and ever. Amen. 26-27 This is why God released them to their own vile pursuits, and this is what happened: they chose sexual counterfeits—women had sexual relations with other women and men committed unnatural, shameful acts because they burned with lust for other men. This sin was rife, and they suffered painful consequences.”
The answer to that is fifty years of sexual immorality, and leftist radicals progressing through our universities, media, churches and government that has led us to this point in our history. The bigger question is as followers of Christ how do respond? The worst thing we can do is respond as Theodan did and refuse to engage. Jesus instructed us to go into all the world and make disciples, that is not negotiable. German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Disengaging from the culture is not an option. Southern Baptist president Ronnie Floyd promised civil disobedience stating “”The Supreme Court of the United States is not the final authority nor is the culture itself,” I think this is certainly an option although I am not sure how that will look. The apostle Paul addressing the believers in Rome who were surrounded by the sexual immorality and decadence of the Roman empire provided wisdom on dealing with the trouble of their day. I believe it is wisdom for us in our world as well.
If people mistreat or malign you, bless them. Always speak blessings, not curses. If some have cause to celebrate, join in the celebration. And if others are weeping, join in that as well. Work toward unity, and live in harmony with one another. Avoid thinking you are better than others or wiser than the rest; instead, embrace common people and ordinary tasks. Do not retaliate with evil, regardless of the evil brought against you. Try to do what is good and right and honorable as agreed upon by all people. If it is within your power, make peace with all people. “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:14-21
If they mistreat you, call you names bless them. Have a heart of kindness and compassion. Remember who the real enemy is.
Work towards unity in the church. The church (people) spends too much time fighting with one another.
At one time we were all sinners, separated from God. Remember the grace you received and be quick to extend that to others, even if they don’t deserve it. You didn’t either.
Do what is good and right. Reports come all to frequently of Christian leaders who are guilty of sexual sin. Unfortunately we the body are guilty as well. Sexual immorality is the biggest issue the church faces in the 21st century. Avoid it, hate it, run from it. Jesus was not kidding when he said “let you without sin cast the first stone”.
As much as it depends on you bring peace and be kind to those who oppose you. You can’t always control how you feel about people, but you can control how you behave towards them. Evil is overcome by good.
Do not compromise the truth. Share the truth in season and out, when it is popular and when it is not.