I don’t want to add any more insanity to the convoluted internetmosphere with my “two cents,” because there’s already enough of people’s opinions going around. However, I feel like I want to share something.
Something happened. Somewhere along the line Christians bought into the idea that we should be the vocal majority in government and politics; that we should be the privileged voice of reason to a heathen culture around us.
What if we are wrong?
What if we’re not? What if we worked and lived better lives if we did what God commanded us to do:
“17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] says the Lord.20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
I am not pleased with the ruling of the court, but it doesn’t bother me. Why? Because I am not a citizen of the USA, but rather a resident of heaven. I thank God that I was born in America and I am grateful to all those who have given so much to make our country what it is, but I am first and foremost a Christian, not an American.
I’m going to get a lot of flack for this but hear me out. America is not, and has not ever been a Christian Nation. Sure, we were founded on Christian principles, and God’s laws of morality (which are still good), but we were not ever a Christian nation. How can I say that? Well, I can’t – but God did. Read the Epistle of 1 Peter.
Words like “alien”, “foreigner”, “exile”, and “sojourners” are used to describe our relationship to this world (not just this nation). After such words, Peter says this:
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (1 Pet. 2:9-12, ESV)
Be careful now – that “holy nation” isn’t referring to an earthly kingdom at all? How do we know? The words from Jesus own lips when He says:
36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” (John 18:36, ESV)
So we are not, and cannot be a “Christian Nation” because its not the design of God. The Church wasn’t designed to be a governmental or political organization. In fact, it has a pretty good track record of bringing those things down. It is a foreign concept in the Gospels and the Epistles that we should become obsessed with the government we live under. Instead, we are referred to as exiles, aliens, immigrants, sojourners, and foreigners in a land that is not our home. The nation of Israel had it’s time, now God’s country is eternal, infinite, and will never end.
So when a government makes a law that is contrary to God’s law, we accept the punishment for not obeying it with grace and love, just as Jesus did. We also will do well to remeber this:
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. 16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. 17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. (1 Pet. 2:13-17, ESV)
Quick historical note. Peter is writing this under the Emperor or Rome. More than likely it was Diocleatian, who would go on to make Nero look like a puppy in his persecution of Christians and a bad habit of removing thier heads from thier bodies. Kinda pales in comparison to same-sex marriage, doesn’t it?
It is not our job to be political pundits and talking heads. It is our job to do three things: 1) Love God. 2) Love others (even homosexuals). 3) Preach the Gospel to all nations. That’s our job. Sure, we can chime in and say, “It’s probably not a good idea and here’s why,” but ultimatley we are to love, serve, and die for humanity, just as our Great Shepherd gave his life for us.
At the end of the day, I don’t really care what the SCOTUS says. Honestly, it doesn’t affect me. I hold to the view that marriage is between one man and one woman and it was designed and institued by God. The court can “change” that all they want, but it doesn’t really change it. Frankly, I’m glad there’s a ruling now so we can finally move on and realize the incredible opportunities we have to show love and grace to our LGBT friends and neighbors.
Don’t argue and fight and act like an idiot because you don’t like something. Live your life in reverence to God and speak through your actions the Gospel that saves souls. I’ve never baptized someone because I won a Facebook argument or a political discussion. You won’t either. Instead pray. Pray for God to move, pray for His church to grow stronger in her steadfast commitment to Him and His word. Pray for God’s people to stop fighting with words, picket signs, and anger, and instead to speak life and love wherever we are.
We are called to love God, to be obedient to His word, even when the world around us could care less. We are also commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves…that includes your gay neighbor, your straight neighbor, your Muslim neighbor, your atheist neighbor, your AIDS neighbor, your addicted neighbor, your grumpy neighbor, and your antagonistic Facebook troll neighbor.
At the end of the day, I’m a Christian, I am a member of the Church, and I love all people. That’s all I’m allowed to do. Love covers a multitude of sins, love conquers all things, and in the end, the only thing that will remain is God’s love. Take that love, Christian, and put it to good use. We have great opportunites to speak the truth and to speak life here an now. Don’t waste it taking your eyes of Jesus and starting at FoxNews or MSNBC all day.