“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’
- John 15:18-25
Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
- 1 Peter 2:13-17
“On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5–4 that all 50 states and the District of Columbia must recognize same-sex marriages on the same terms and conditions as heterosexual couples. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s writing in Obergefell v. Hodges was quite possibly the strongest attack on Christians and biblical values ever written by a sitting justice in a majority opinion. In it, Justice Kennedy accused Christians of hostility for holding firm to a biblical value for the last five thousand years of Judeo-Christianity. That is, God has clearly defined marriage as a union of one man and one woman.
“The purpose of the High Court is to determine the constitutionality of a law. Yet, five majority justices in this case interpreted the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which was designed to ensure freed slaves were not denied citizenship status, to redefine marriage based on sexual orientation. Essentially, they pushed God’s moral law out of the window and made their own law according to pressure from radical activists.
“Acts 5:29 says, ‘We must obey God rather than men.’ So as you pray and read the Bible, ask the Holy Spirit to show you His truth when you are confronted with cultural questions and issues. He will give you the wisdom and strength to stand firm. Remember also that the Constitution was created to protect your religious freedom so that you do not have to compromise your conscience. You are accountable to the Creator of the universe above all others.”
- Presidential Prayer Team Devotion
This quoted devotion from the Presidential Prayer Team was posted when I was already struggling with a couple of other issues, things that created a burden on my heart. They vary greatly in severity of “wrong” behavior or thinking, but all have their dangers, and all deny God’s perfect design.
While the devotion quoted today may touch on same sex marriages, I have also been thinking about abortion and an unnatural feeling toward pets. Like I said, a strange combination, but all three prevail in our society today, and each erode Christian values. Oddly, I think the pet thing might illicit more rancor than the other two.
Should Christians care about same-sex marriage? We do not have to condone it. We don’t have to attend the wedding. We can live and let live, right?
The Supreme Court has recently reversed the trend of people being forced to provide goods and services in such situations, if this is against their religious beliefs. I thought those court cases to be frivolous. If one baker won’t bake a cake for you, another will. Get over it. Live with it. With all the government waste in their spending, giving tax breaks to same-sex couples is just a drop in the bucket. How does it affect us?
In the devotion above, the true character of Satan’s deception comes forth. Justice Kennedy, in his decision, attacked Christianity and Christians as having wrong thinking. He could have restricted his comments without this attack. According to him, we were outdated, and in his America, we were unwanted. True, he was one person making one decision, but is this the tip of a larger iceberg? And once we remain silent on his decision, then bolder decisions will arise that affect our ability to worship and hamper our ability to provide loving service to those in need. When do decisions make it illegal to worship Jesus at all? There is already social pushback, and only against Christianity it seems, but when does a person risk jail time for saying “God bless you” when someone sneezes? In some countries of the world, Christians walk a tightrope of thinly veiled laws, risking imprisonment and death to worship God. Those who think this will not happen in a free country are playing the role of the ostrich. Look at the trend. There is no line in the sand that says, “Have your fun, but do not go further.” And the Bible is filled with stories of nations that have turned their back on God. It never ends well.
I recently read an article about a Christian gay man who boldly confessed his sin. He was not attracted to females and pronounced himself celibate. I applaud him and others like him. The arguments that I have been subjected to in church have stemmed from keeping our doors open. I feel we should, but membership should be limited to those who recognize their sin and repent, meaning to turn away and go a different direction. Many in that lifestyle deny Biblical teaching and refuse to repent. Once they become church members with the same voting rights of the other members, we’ll start getting a call to do as Thomas Jefferson did, cutting out the parts of the Bible that he did not believe in. In his case, the miracles. Already, denominations are ignoring Scripture in what they will be willing to do or accept, just as long as the membership numbers increase, or worse, drop less than before.
I have often thought of the adoption of the rainbow as the LGBTQ symbol as being their attitude toward God. God created the rainbow as a symbol that He would not destroy the world by flood again. And now, a group of humans are testing God, testing His promise, flaunting the rainbow as their symbol of “getting away with it.” But maybe it was accidental? As long as Satan is the master of lies, it was not accidental.
But ignoring Scripture is not limited to certain groups of people. We, all of us, already ignore the parts of the Bible that make us uncomfortable. My feeling is that the discomfiture stems from the Holy Spirit telling us that we need to address that problem rather than ignoring it. How else will we become more like Jesus? But as for those who continue in this sin, I can only love them and pray for their souls.
According to the Supreme Court, at least in Justice Kennedy’s decision, quoting Genesis 2:24 and Jesus’ words in repeating this Scripture (Mark 10:7-8, for example) – you know, the part about marriage being between a man and a woman – is invalid in a court of law. What next?
As for what may be next, I’ll look at abortion tomorrow.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.