Yesterday the Supreme Court declared that same sex couples should be legally allowed to marry in all fifty states. The decision is directly contrary to the teaching of God’s Word about marriage, which the Bible declares has been provided by God as a union between one man and one woman.
So, today, for the first time in our history, we have two opposing declarations about marriage, one from the highest court in our land, and one from God. This is a profoundly sad moment for our country–one in which American Christians are forced to choose between agreement with their government and agreement with their God. However, such a choice has been faithfully made countless times before, by countless Christians throughout the centuries. Even in the last half century, the decision to legalize abortion created the same contradiction between the ruling of the court and the truth of God’s Word. Such a moment is an opportunity for Christians to draw near to the Lord, to reaffirm our trust in his Word, and to declare our ultimate submission to his authority. It is also an opportunity to resist self-righteousness and arrogance toward those who are uninformed, deceived, or dismissive regarding the Bible’s position on marriage. Maintaining our convictions will require courage; maintaining our hope and love and witness will require constant meditation on the gospel that has saved us. This is a sad moment, a sober moment, but not an unexpected or hopeless one. Jesus Christ is watching over his church, the Holy Spirit is empowering unstoppable gospel witness throughout the world, the Word is full of promises to sustain fearful or weary Christians, and eternity is one day nearer today than it was yesterday.
For our church family of Redemption Hill, here are four articles that I would recommend for their truth and demeanor in this moment.
To Him who is able to do more than we ask or imagine and is able to keep us from stumbling and present us blameless at the day of Christ Jesus, be praise and glory and honor.