4 years ago
In 2005 I preached a sermon in which I expressed growing concern regarding the growing acceptance of the gay lifestyle as the norm in America. I was told by some not to do that again. I was careful not to accuse any gay individual of a sin worse than the sins that I struggle with and for which I have been forgiven by the grace of God.
Sin is sin, and all of it separates us from a loving relationship with God unless we have been saved by grace through faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ.
In that sermon I said that we could expect same sex marriage to be the law of the land. Unfortunately, I was right. The Supreme Court of the United States of America has, in its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, decided to disregard six thousand years of history, the laws of nature, and to ignore the laws of God.
The SCOTUS’s definition of marriage is a relationship of any two beings who “love” each other. My understanding of this decision:
- It strikes down all State Defense of Marriage Amendments or Statutes that define marriage as only one man and one woman - including in the great state of Texas. It requires all states to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples.
- It requires all states to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in other states.
We should not be surprised that the court rendered this decision. They have been on this path for some time. In 1992, they ruled on a case known as Planned Parenthood v. Casey in which Justice Kennedy wrote: “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.”
The Supreme Court has decided that it cannot only redefine marriage but redefine reality as well. We are reminded that for the court, for all unsaved men, for all those who choose to live as the world lives and think like the world thinks, there is no absolute truth or singular reality.
Christians, as those who know the one truth and live in the spiritual reality of God’s word, must now determine how we will respond to the court's decision. I suggest the following:
- We fall before God and ask for forgiveness for allowing men and women who by our own choosing through election and nomination have chosen to openly reject Him, His word, and His created order. We must pray unceasingly. The battle over marriage is not only a political battle; it is a spiritual one. We battle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers of darkness.
- Remember that our first allegiance is to the Supreme Being and not the Supreme Court. We should be prepared to be at odds with governmental authorities.
- We must act consistently. We must value Biblical marriage and treat our own as precious. We must address marital difficulties quickly and with all the authority of Scripture and prayer. Our marriages must be defined by sacrificial love for one another and with both spouses seeking holiness in the marriage.
- We should love unconditionally. In our defense of marriage we should not lower ourselves with hateful attacks on those who disagree with us. We should greet their anger or celebration with love and compassion. We cannot demonize those who are, like us, created in God’s image. They, like all of mankind, need to hear us speak of Christ’s love, not our anger.
- We must stand together as the Body of Christ. We cannot let anyone silence the truth of God’s word. We have both the responsibility and privilege of standing against the culture, the press, the activists, the haters, and the authorities. We cannot abandon our posts and retreat into spiritual ghettos. We must be prepared to support each other, as some may well suffer grave consequences for resisting the coercion of the state.
Make no mistake about my resolve. I have surrendered once, and that was to Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. I will not surrender the authority of scripture to anyone.
-- Pastor Clint
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