Today the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled 5-4 that gay marriage is legal nationwide. President Obama hailed this ruling as, “a victory for America”.
WHAT TO MAKE OF IT?
More biblical prophecy has been fulfilled to the letter, thus authenticating the Word of God as absolute truth and confirming the signs of the times as proclaimed by the Lord Jesus. “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.” -Matthew 24:37-39. If we profess to believe the words of Jesus and then stand in shock when they come to pass…did we really believe Him in the first place?
WHAT TO DO?
“Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.” -Proverbs 3:3. We are not called to prowl around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. That’s someone else’s job. Our job is to stay intensely focused on the mission given to us from Jesus to preach, baptize and make disciples. Within that mission is our responsibility to speak and stand for the truth without apology. However, if we do that without kindness, we become like Peter when he pulled out a sword in a rage and cut off Malchus’ ear. Recall Jesus’ response, “Put your sword back into it’s place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?” -Matthew 26:52-54. If we go about angrily yelling at our television sets and on Facebook and Twitter…do we still have kindness and truth around our necks?
WHAT LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS ARE THERE FOR BIBLE PREACHING CHURCHES?
That’s impossible to know at this point and fruitless to speculate or worry about. The real question we must contemplate is: Does anything, anywhere in the world alter our commitment to be faithful to preach the gospel? I for one choose to open my windows and kneel next to Daniel when it became a crime to pray. “Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.” The laws of all nations combined have never and will never trump the law of God, or remove His calling from our lives. I also happen to believe in a God that still shuts the mouths of lions.
TO GAYS AND LESBIANS EVERYWHERE:
You are welcome at the Rock church. We want to shake your hand and offer you a seat. We want to give you a free bible and ask nothing in return. We want to worship Jesus Christ and tell you how He died and rose again to save you. The world has lied to you and the government has exploited you. We are not perfect people, but we will not lie to you. We admit to not knowing what it’s like to walk a step in your shoes. You’ve probably been through a lot of pain and suffered countless hurtful words. Perhaps many of those words came from people claiming to follow Jesus. We are not looking to single you out and attack you, but we admit to believing the bible is God’s absolute Truth. When the scripture talks about homosexuality being sinful against God, we talk about it the same way and call people to repent and be saved. We believe Jesus called us to do that with much compassion and not hate or venom. Why don’t you stop out and see us sometime? I’ll be standing toward the front after service…I’d love to shake your hand and offer you true victory in Jesus. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” -1 Corinthians 15:57.