Recently, the Supreme Court weighed in on the subject of Gay Marriage. Their decision was no surprise to me, nor should it be to any person who claims to be a Christian. This decision reflects our culture and where we are as a nation. Yes, we would like the laws of our country to follow our beliefs, but many of them do not. Our nation is not a Christian nation, though in past times it followed Christian principles.
What should be our response to this decision by the Supreme Court? First of all, we as Christians should forsake once and for all the idea that we can see people change through government action. Should we expect people to live and believe like a Christian when they are not Christians? The early church didn’t demand laws to show their beliefs. The early church understood the sinfulness of man. The way the early church changed the culture was to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel changes the heart of a man. Unlike Jesus Christ, no government can give a man a new heart.
Secondly, we need to remember that Jesus made it clear how we are to relate to the culture around us. In the Sermon on the Mount, He said; “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.” (Matthew 5:13-15)
Our lives should shine forth as a testimony of our love for the Lord Jesus Christ. A light shines brighter as the darkness increases. There are two extremes in dealing with the sin that is so clearly accepted in our society. One extreme is to compromise our beliefs so that we become more acceptable to our society. The other extreme is to totally withdraw from our society. A light needs to be in the darkness to shine, but it doesn’t allow the darkness to overcome its light.
Thirdly, we need to think about our own personal lives and our walk with God. Yes, our culture has embraced sin and rebellion against God. In the midst of our concern, have we forgotten our own walk with God? When we get caught up with confronting our culture, it is easy to forget our own sin before God. The early church at Ephesus did a great job of separating themselves from the evil of their culture. Christ says of them: “Thou canst not bear them which are evil.” (Revelation 2:2) This church hated the evil that was a reality in the Roman Empire, but they had forgotten something in the process.
Jesus continued to speak to this church with some very convicting words: “Nevertheless, I have somewhat against, because thou hast left thy first love.” (Revelation 3:4) Have we left our first love? Have we forgotten our daily walk with God? If we are walking close to the Lord, we will have a greater impact upon the lives of those around us.
Fourthly, the Supreme Court ruling has no bearing upon our own marriages. Why is it that professed Christians have a divorce rate that is equal to those who don’t claim to be Christians? Yes, we have no control over the Supreme Court decisions concerning its view of marriage, but we can make our marriage one that honors God and His Word.
When God gave His instructions about marriage in Ephesians 5, He did so in the midst of a culture that allowed all sorts of immoral activities. God’s focus is upon our own marriage. We need to seek to love each other within our marriage and seek to fulfill Psalm 34:3 as a married couple. “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.”
Fifthly, Jesus Christ made it clear that we shouldn’t be surprised if we face persecution from the society around us. Before His death, He said: “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.”(John 15:18) Our culture has no interest in the Biblical Jesus. Yes, it wants a Jesus who loves everybody, but they have rejected the true Jesus of the Bible. The Biblical Jesus loves, but He also is holy and He hates sin so much that He died on the cross for our sins.
Persecution can become very real as our society departs from any kind of Christian worldview. The early Christians were persecuted because they were different from those around them. God’s Word proclaims truths that our culture rejects and mocks. Will not our culture eventually reject anybody who believes on God’s Word and chooses to live their lives according to His Word?
One last response to this decision is that we can say with the Apostle Paul: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21) We realize that death will be our entrance into the presence of Jesus Christ. It will be a time of joy and worship. We will no longer be exposed to the wickedness of this present world.
We can also say with the Apostle John at the end of Revelation: “He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” One day there will be a government which will exalt righteousness, holiness and truth. Jesus will one day return to reign as the King of Kings.
“Dear Lord, I see your Word being trampled underneath the feet of our culture. I know that this is only natural because of the fact that we are born into sin. Thank you for sending your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to be the Savior of the World. Please work through your people so that we can be an effective witness to those around us. Thank for your love that is patiently waiting for people to turn to you. Amen.”