How Should We Then Live? – July 15, 2015
On Friday, June 26, 2015, a landmark ruling was handed down by the U. S. Supreme Court, stating that same sex couples have a fundamental right to marry.
Upon hearing the ruling, I experienced three distinct emotions. First, I was overwhelmed with sadness; but not in the manner in which you might expect. My sadness manifested itself because God’s character and God’s Word were both called into question. Make no mistake, God was censured, denounced and declared a bigot. God’s Word was ruled invalid, no longer meaningful and not relevant.
Secondly, I was distressed and troubled; because I know what has to come next, God’s judgment. Read Deuteronomy Chapter 28 if you want to find out what happens to a nation that turns it back on God.
Third, I experienced anticipation because I believe the church will be motivated to engage. As Pastor Jack Hibbs said, “This is a great moment, because our Christianity has been forced to leap off the page of theory and into true action.”
God is the inventor of marriage. In Mark 10:6-9 Jesus instructs us, “6But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’ 7‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
This has been God’s position “from the beginning of creation”. In a pronouncement of its own brilliance, the Supreme Court has ruled that God has been wrong for 4,000 years! That what He told Moses 4,000 years ago is not constitutional.
No matter what the courts may decree or society may permit, when it comes to marriage, God had the first word and He will have the last word (Gen. 1:26-28; Rev. 22:15 and 18-19). Perhaps the Lord looks down on many unbiblical marriages today and says, “From the beginning it was not so” (Matt. 19:8). His original plan was that one man and one woman become one flesh for one lifetime.
What the Supreme Court did on June 26th, was try to separate what “God has joined together.” God does not take lightly unjust and unrighteous proclamations. Isaiah 10:1 warns us, “1 Woe to those who enact evil statutes and to those who constantly record unjust decisions.”
This decision is just another in the long line of unjust pronouncements from the Supreme Court: Bible reading and the Lord’s Prayer outlawed from schools, secularism in schools, abortion on demand, finding a right to sodomy in the Constitution, a deeply unpopular health care plan and now, redefining marriage.
Read Genesis 1:26-28, Genesis 2:24, Genesis Chapters 18-19, Leviticus 18:20-23, Romans 1:27, 1 Cor. 6:9-11 and finally Luke 17:26-30 to understand God’s position on this issue.
Other comments about this ruling:
Chief Justice John Roberts: “The majority far overreached their authority in taking away the democratic process by removing the element of healthy debate among the people and acting as the supreme legislature of the United States to rule on an issue rooted in social policy and considerations of fairness.” To the proponents of this ruling, “by all means celebrate today’s decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”
Justice Antonin Scalia: “This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.” Justice Scalia thinks that our freedom to govern ourselves is over!
I realize that I will be declared a homophobe, but I am not. As Justice Joseph Alito stated, “The decision will also have other important consequences. It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.”
Another prominent pastor pointed out, “Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.”
I do not hate the LGBT community, I love them. I will fight to the death to defend their right to do whatever they want to do in the privacy of their homes, but I cannot and will not compromise God’s Word. I do not agree with their lifestyle and I will not support this unjust ruling by our nation’s highest court.
If you support same sex marriage, you are at odds with God and are in opposition to His Word!
Based on Luke 17:28-30; this nation has never been closer to the second coming of Jesus Christ and this nation has never been closer to God’s judgment.
How should we then live? 2 Chron. 7:14 declares, “14if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
God help us!