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SCOTUS Has Spoken Posted 6.26.2015

With the ruling on Friday, the Supreme Court has ended the discussion about the legality gay marriage in America.  The moral dilemma remains for people of the Bible, but the legal challenge is over.  So how should we respond?  Well, the ruling did not surprise God or catch Him off guard.  So we come back to the truth that He has put us here in this time that we might declare His grace and love and truth.  We will continue to proclaim His truth to our generation.


It is amazing to me that five justices can re-write what has been practiced for thousands of years and until twenty years ago would have been unthinkable even in America.  There are so many levels on which I find the decision reprehensible.  But it was not unexpected.  Did I doubt that this would be the ruling?  Not really.  But I must admit that it was much more sweeping than I had anticipated – but I can’t say I’m all that surprised.


Don’t forget that Christianity has faced obstacles since the Day of Pentecost and the birth of the church.  The church has been ridiculed, persecuted, and ostracized from culture since day one.  But that first church lived out the Gospel and became known as a distinct group because of their lifestyle.  They took care of their orphans and widows.  They obeyed God over man.  As the years passed, it has been the church that has stood at the forefront of much social change.  It is the church that cared for the sick during plagues that hit the cities when they were left for dead.  It is the church that saves baby girls abandoned because they are not wanted or valued, ready to die of exposure.  It is the church that can be found in just about every corner of the world and is a huge instrument of compassion and love.  If we do it right.


Believers have carried on and lived in a way that honored God, showing love to all people, yet standing firm.  The simplest path is the path of anger.  Don’t go there.  Another path is that of despair.  Don’t go there either.  Our task remains the same.  Love God.  Search the Scriptures.  Live truth.  Show compassion.  Display the grace of God.


We must answer sin and anger with patience and kindness.  We will love the people who make us their enemies – just as Jesus did.  May God give us the wisdom and grace and courage to be the church of Jesus Christ in the modern world.  Aren’t we back to where we should have been all along – there are lost sinners who need to be reconciled to God, just as we once were.


David wrote, “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’  My times are in your hands…”  (Psalm 31:14-15).  These days are in God’s hands.  And they are strong.  May the hallmark of our life and faith be that we serve God in our own generation.  Whatever the cost. 


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