Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Why God is Not Fazed by the June 26 Supreme Court Decision

Friday, June 26, 2015, that date considered a landmark day in not only American history but in world history.

It is also, along with the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, the most controversial decision in our history.

All of us will remember where we were and what we were doing on June 26, 2015. We will remember exactly how we felt. I remember what I was doing. The TV was turned on in the background and I suddenly I heard "Breaking news: Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land." I looked up from what I was doing and saw all the images of LGBT people and their partners laughing, shouting, singing and weeping, as they celebrated this ruling that was in their favor. I heard politicians and others wax eloquent about how far we had "progressed" and all the "changes" that have gradually been worked into our culture, and how it was up to those who have benefited from the June 26 ruling, to "reach behind" and "bring aboard" those who do not agree with this landmark and controversial decision. I saw dissenters express their anger, frustration, disappointment and dismay at this decision and at what they believe it means for the religious liberty of people of faith. I saw my online, Facebook Timeline "blow up" with one post after another about this decision. Many of my friends added rainbow effects to their photos to show their support, while others changed their photos to crosses. I read happy and even gleeful posts by supporters and saddened or angry posts by dissenters of the June 26, 2015, Supreme Court decision. But are there questions no one is asking?

How does God feel about the June 26, 2015 Supreme court decision?

How did He feel to see all the "Gay Pride" celebrations not only on the Supreme Court steps, but in "Gay Pride" celebrations all over the United States?

Jesus was the perfect reflection of His Father when He lived among us as a human, during His incarnation. No matter what we think, including on controversial issues like abortion or homosexuality, both sides reference Jesus and His teachings to prove their point. I think most of us are familiar with the story of the woman who was caught in the very act of cheating on her man. Caught red-handed! I have always wondered how those Pharisees even knew she was doing it. It makes me wonder if one of them was not "the other man." Getting back to the point, they brought her to Jesus and challenged Him to "take a stand" and say if she should be stoned or if she should be shown mercy. They wanted to trap Him. We know His response but I think we may conveniently overlook the other half of what He said to her.

When her accusers left her, He said to her, "Then neither do I condemn you. Go now and leave your life of sin" (John 8:11).

Jesus was showing grace by telling her that He did not condemn her. He then gave her truth when He told her to "sin no more," meaning to not go on sinning deliberately in unbroken sin, unrepented of sin.

This holds true with homosexuality or any other sin. He would say, "I do not condemn you for who you are," to show His grace. He would then say, "Leave your lifestyle of sin," to give us truth.

Jesus gave the woman caught in adultery the glad news that she was not condemned! God had not given up on her and believed in what He could do in her! Redemption was possible.

He also gave her a warning that she was to stop living that lifestyle. Her lifestyle was not accepted and was to be abandoned.

That is true of all our sins. It is true of all of our mostly "straight" sins. We are not condemned and God has not given up on us but believes in what He can do in us. We can be redeemed. But we are told to stop sinning.

That is also true of homosexuality, which God clearly says is wrong in Romans 1:26-27. LGBT people are not condemned. God has not given up on them but believes in what He can do in them. But they are told to stop sinning, just as the rest of us are told to stop sinning.

These are God's words, not mine. I did not make this up.

I noticed a post that was making the point that many of us Christians are getting bent out of shape by the June 26, Supreme Court decision and focusing on homosexuality because we are not committing it and are ignoring the sins we are guilty of and that are equally displeasing to God. There is truth in this and we need to pay attention. One thing I know is that God may use this June 26, 2015 Supreme Court ruling, that made homosexual marriage the law of the land, to purify, refine, and simplify the Bride of Christ in America. We will no longer have the luxury of being silent about this issue; at some point we will have to deal with it. Maybe we will learn how to show a balance of love, grace and truth to the LGBT community and many will see that their need can be filled only by salvation in Jesus, not by a license to live the homosexual lifestyle. God no doubt is grieved by the ruling on June 26, 2015, but he is not bent out of shape, wringing His hands or defeated by this ruling. He has made it clear that He will have ultimate victory and will win in the end. He still believes in what He can do in us, even though our religious liberties are being more and more suppressed. He still believes in what He can do in individuals in the LGBT community or in any others who need Him.

And what is this that God can do in us, whether straight or LGBT?

He can save us, straight or LGBT, by His grace through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. Heaven will be filled with straights and with LGBT individuals who have received God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ and have chosen God's way. Hell will be filled with both straights and LGBT individuals who have rejected God's grace through faith in Jesus and have chosen their way over God's.

That is why I say God is not fazed by a court ruling. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

His desire is for us to fulfill the Great Commission, no matter what our political situation is.

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