I have been in funk since I heard the news that our Supreme Court made homosexual marriage legal in our country. I was even asking myself, why was I feeling this way? It really wasn’t a shock. I hoped for a different outcome, but in my gut I knew it would fall out the way it did.
I have felt what so many other Christians have felt. How did 5 individuals without constitutional authority for such a decision inflict us so? Why is Congress so cowardly, our President so ungodly, and a majority of our Supreme Court so traitorous? There are waves of anger, followed by torrents of fear. Our society in leaving God’s natural order sets in motion the unraveling of society itself. Then there are rainbow lights at the White House, …, well, you know all about those things.
There are arguments that love is all that matters. Funny, we don’t use that line in brutal crimes of passion. It seems all are going crazy. We can make a value judgment that homophobia is wrong, but we had better not say homosexuality itself is wrong. Morality all, with where we got it only being different. There is the Lord on the one hand, and man as lord on the other, but I digress.
It came to me why I was so low. I was grieving. I grieved as one who heard of the death of one he loved. Even if you know the death is coming, you still have the pangs of grief.
I grieve because I know what God said in Romans 1: 18-28. It is the only thing I have not been hearing Christians say. Read there how God gives the theological underpinnings of the Sodoms and Gomorrahs of our world. They ran so far from God and then (verse 26): “For this reason (exalting man over God) God gave them up unto vile affection”. “Vile affection” is then described as lesbianism (Verse 26b) and homosexuality among men (verse 27). In verse 28 they did not want to “retain God in their knowledge” and so “God gave them over to a reprobate mind.”
Did you catch it? It is not that legalizing homosexual marriage is going to bring great judgment from God, but it is the judgement from God that brings the full unraveling of that country. I know of no country in history that ever crossed that threshold and came back. I love this country of mine. The stars and stripes, the strains of our national anthem, the story of the founding fathers—these things still give me goosebumps. So I grieve today as I know the Word of God is always true. God just said to the USA that He gave us up!
I will not, however, sink into my grief. I praise the Lord that the future of my country has no bearing on my Christianity. Christ lost no power when my country turned so grievously. His Kingdom is secure even if my country is not. Though the fall of my country may lead to persecution and pain, and that pain may affect my body, it can never touch my soul! I am still safe in Jesus!
What then are we to do?
- Never give up the promises of God. Stay faithful and close to Christ. Do not allow the sadness for your country impede your joy in Christ.
- Resolve to be true and firmly committed to God’s Word. For example, there may be pressure on pastors to officiate homosexual weddings. I have thought this through including possible consequences, and I will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER officiate a homosexual wedding. Christ is worthy of my faithfulness no matter what!
- Resolve to be true even if pressure comes from non-governmental sources. We are living in days of pressure to accept a bankrupt sexuality and a bombardment of words supporting it and some we love may come out as a homosexual. We must love unconditionally and ever demonstrate that love all the way without yielding ground on what God clearly said. If a loved one decided catching rattlesnakes by the tail or drinking poison was their calling in life, would you accept it? Or love them while holding the line that they should not do that?
- Share Christ with individual homosexuals, love them sincerely; again, while holding the line. Truth is always the most loving thing to share.
- Pray for personal and local revival as revival is not tied to the government even if it is as anti-God as is possible.
Yes, I grieve, but my hope is secure. God bless.