You may be reading this post because you are heartbroken over the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all fifty states.
I’m here to tell you, you don’t need to freak out about this.
God is still God. He is still good. And He never changes.
But most importantly, I want you to remember that the people wanting to have this right to marry, are people and should be viewed as such rather than as some sort of enemy on the “wrong side” of the political fence.
I want to make a challenge today that will step on some believers’ toes.
For many years now, there has been a lot of politicizing of making it illegal for gays to marry. Many Christians have been on the forefront of this fight.
While I understand their desire to fight for what we believe God created marriage for, we cannot lose sight of our purpose here on earth which is to introduce every person to a relationship with Jesus.
So I would like to pose the following questions.
1. Are we spending more money on politics trying to forbid gay marriage (or enforce marriage only between a man and a woman) than we are on evangelism and missions?
2. Are we spending more of our time and energy judging the people around us who are living in a gay lifestyle than we are getting to know them, loving them, and praying for them?
3. Do we spend as much time in prayer for the lost around us as we do holding up signs at a rally?
My point is this: What does it matter if we win a victory by making gay marriage illegal if the price we pay is alienating gay people and ensuring they are not introduced to the loving God that we serve?
I know some of your toes may be feeling a little sore right now. I implore, you, just hang with me a little longer. ☺
What basically happened today is that the Supreme Court legalized what believers of several different faiths around the world believe to be contrary to God’s original plan.
In essence, many people view this as making a particular type of sin “legal”.
I would remind you that many other types of sins in the Bible are perfectly legal today and many people professing to be Christians practice them.
In fact, of the 10 commandments, only 2 of them are illegal in this country.
Why are we not all in an uproar that the other 8 are not illegal?
Why don’t we spend as much time and resources trying to make our sinful behavior illegal?
In short, because particularly in this country, we cherish freedom.
And believe it or not, God cherishes freedom as well. In fact, He cherishes it so much that He gave Adam and Eve the freedom to make choices.
He created them, but did not make them lifeless robots incapable of sinning against Him.
He gave them a choice.
Every single person on the planet desires freedom.
I have a toddler and I have a teenager in my house. Believe me, I know about the desire that these two have for greater choices and greater freedom.
It is inherent in all people.
Before we judge gay people and spend all our time, money, and resources trying to make their behavior illegal, I challenge us to ask ourselves in our heart, Do we really love them?
Do we love them enough to focus more on who they are as a person than what they do?
Do we love them enough to get to know them and care about what they care about?
I work in an industry where many of my coworkers are in a gay lifestyle. I’ve had many opportunities to talk to them over the years about their lives. I have also had some open doors to talk with them about God.
I love them. I really do.
And you know what? So does God.
I ask this question, would we want God to focus as much attention on our own sin as we focus on sin in another person’s life?
Would we be able to stand up to that test?
I know many believers are all too familiar with this verse from Matthew 7:3:
Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? [ESV]
If you have hung out with me thus far in the post, I appreciate you. Maybe you had to go put on some steel-toed boots. ☺
We needn’t despair today’s ruling because God is sovereign. And He never changes.
We must remember that our battle is not against flesh and blood:
Eph 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. [ESV]
And the main mission that Jesus had for us also has not changed:
Matthew 22:37-39 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. [ESV]
My challenge to you today: Go out and find a gay person. Give them a hug. Get to know them. Love them. Share the gospel. Use words if necessary. ☺
I promise you, after spending enough time around a believer who is healed, healthy, and loving, they will eventually want what you have and ask you how to get it.
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Click below for a fantastic teaching by John Fichtner entitled “Homosexuals: Do you love them?”
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