Below are things that stir, encourage, convict, affirm, strengthen and many other responses. I share them with you and trust the Spirit to use them.
My Response to the SCOTUS Marriage Ruling
The Supreme Court has redefined marriage for the 300 plus million people who live in the United States of America. This redefinition of marriage, in my view, is a true game changer for Christians and the Church. While there is nothing new under the sun and all sin is reprehensible to God, we have entered a new era in the history of the church in the United States of America. I hear the words of Isaiah pronouncing woe on those who call evil good and good evil. The same ones substitute darkness for light and light for darkness. This has now come to fruition in my life.
The law of the land is in stark contrast and opposition to the clear word of God. There are churches and professing Christians who support homosexuality and gay marriage as a means through which God’s love can be manifested and exemplified to the world. This is simply and absolutely wrong. The use of scripture to support these errant beliefs necessarily does violence to the Holy Scriptures and to do so leaves no authoritative foundation in any of the scriptures. Culture has always been in opposition to the truth of God’s word. We cannot allow shifting culture to be the lens through which we read God’s word. When this happens we sin in declaring parts of God’s word irrelevant and untrustworthy. The scriptures are to be the lens through which we read the culture. We must declare parts of culture irrelevant and untrustworthy.
Churches and Christians must decide to either, root their lives in the truth of God’s word or follow the shifting mores of culture, constantly redefining or dissembling God’s word for each societal shift. This has always been the case, so why do I view June 26, 2015 as a day that requires a memorial stone be planted? The full force of the United States Government is now aligned in opposition to the truth of God’s word. This will bring harassment and persecution to any church or Christian that stands firm upon Biblical convictions. Allowing marriage for gay couples will not be the end. Regardless of wording presented in the printed opinions of the Supreme Court, compliance and full acceptance will eventually be pressed. Evidence of such has already presented itself. State governments have boycotted official travel to states that pushed against the redefinition of marriage. City ordinances have prohibited contracts with entities that do not endorse homosexuality. Will things now become easier for Christians desiring to live according to their Biblical convictions?
I declared the action of the Supreme Court to be a “game changer”. The church cannot be content with moving along the edges of society, seeking to attract adherents with quality programming and services which places the focus of “church” on individual satisfaction. The church is the bride of Christ. We are to be like Christ. Christ came to save the lost, redeem the lawless and make alive the spiritually dead. His suffering brought forth life! Can we delude ourselves and believe our path is that of comfort? The church must speak forthrightly concerning sin and grace. Doing so will make us unpopular, counter cultural and potentially an object of scorn and hatred. The matter is now pressed upon us. Room to wiggle is small and getting smaller.
I was in Washington DC when the Supreme Court issued this ruling. I walked over to the White House and just stood there. I prayed. I wondered. I watched those around me. I am not angry or agitated because of this ruling, I am heartbroken. To be clear, I am not heartbroken because I now stand in fundamental opposition to the established law of my country which will bring me trials, I am heartbroken because I saw people who desperately need salvation and forgiveness of sin who can now point to the established law of the land to justify their sin. The church must stand firm and declare abortion to be wrong. The church must stand firm and say homosexuality is wrong. When we do this, we do so with minimal aid, support or justification under the law.
That is ok.
Our hope is not in government. Our hope is not in a court or a president. Our hope is in Jesus Christ.
Choose this day whom you will serve . . .
Soli Deo Gloria,
Mathew St. John