By now it is no longer news. Last week the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that it is legal for all U.S. citizens, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry whom they choose. In essence, it is the complete legalization and normalization of same sex marriage.
It is not surprising that our nation has strayed down such a sinful path. We’ve been going this way for quite some time. What is surprising, however, is how quickly it has happened. In 2004 Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage deeming it unconstitutional to only allow couples of the opposite sex to marry. Over the course of the next ten years only a hand full of states did the same; giving the impression that, though inevitable, it would take some time before every state had legalized such unions. But, here we are, in 2015 and, by the ruling of the Supreme Court, same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. This rapid moral shift in our culture is unprecedented, leaving many conservative Christians wondering, what’s next?
The concern is not merely that same sex unions are now legal. The concern is the growing hostility towards our Christian values. We are witnessing a progressive rise of hate and intolerance towards people who adhere to traditional Christian beliefs, and it is leaving many believers in fear and uncertainty in regard to the future.
But, my Christian friends, despite our current circumstances, we still have much to be encouraged about. Though our nation has changed, let me remind of four supreme truths that haven’t.
First, our God is the Sovereign King of the universe. Though the “kings of the Earth rise up, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord…He who sits in Heaven laughs; the Lord holds them in contempt” (Psalm 2). The Supreme Court may have made its ruling, and our nation may celebrate for now, but, “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Psalm 115:3). Nothing surprises the Lord, and there is nothing upon which He does not exercise dominion (Daniel 4:34).
Second, Romans 8:28 still holds true. “We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Even the Supreme Court’s ruling is working to fulfill the redemptive purposes of our God, and those plans will result in the eternal good of His people.
Third, the word of God has not changed. Homosexual activity is still sin (Genesis 19:1-13, Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9), and marriage is still reserved for one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6, Ephesians 5:22-33); which means it is still good and right to hold fast to His truth and not the cultures ever-changing morality.
Fourth, Jesus Christ promised that He would build His church and, “the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). The church of Jesus Christ is guaranteed to finish victoriously because of the sacrificial life, death, resurrection and final return of God’s Son.
With these truths fresh in our minds, it is wonder that we fear at all. Christ is supreme, not the court. He rules our nation, not men. In the end, He will reign victoriously, not the sinful passions of the world. My Christian friends, be encouraged by these truths and stand firm in your faith.
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