The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that Same-Sex Marriage (SSM), is now legal in all 50 states. Which I might add is a term equal to a square circle, neither of which exist as a real thing. Marriage is between men and women established by God not man. So to say SSM exists is just a conflation of words that describe a fictional entity just like a square circle; something I felt needed to be pointed out.
This decision marks in a national way the brokenness of man by reveling an exchange of the glory of God for an image that is not God. That image is seen as equality and love which again are made up fictions if God does not exist. There is no way to ground those things if He has not ordained them pleasures of Himself. Of course all humans have been guilty of that exchange even those redeemed by the glory of the Grace of God.
Let us who are born again not think for one minute we would conclude any different than those celebrating today had God not removed the heart of stone and replaced it with a heart of flesh. We will not boast that those who celebrate the depravity of man is in anyway different than those who are not celebrating, except for the Grace of God. The apostle Paul said,
“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 1Cor. 2:14
I have a caution for all believers; to all those who are born again of the Spirit. Do not put on the garment of US vs THEM, it isn’t that at all. It is US vs. Spiritual wickedness in high places. It is US vs. mortification of our own sin. It is US vs. beating our own flesh into submission. We do all those things unto the praise of His glorious GRACE. It is His glory that will be acknowledged though all this. It is His glory that will be put on display for all to see. It will be His glory that is demanded by all of those called according to His purpose to demonstrate boldly in real love. This decision happened SO THAT THE WORKS OF GOD WOULD BE DISPLAYED.
The believers in Christ must pray for our nation and those who stand in opposition to God being made much of. We pray that their eyes may be open by the Spirit that extends saving Grace to all whom the Spirit draws unto Himself. This exchange, the exchange for images meant to be replacements for God’s glory described in Romans 1, has now become a pillar in the ethos of this nation. Remember that God judges a nation by the leaders He puts into office. This is the beginning of the plan of God, foreordained before the world was created that in His sovereignty, through the sins of man, He would use this decision to be made much of. For He is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him!
In fact as I type they are airing the funeral of the pastor shot in South Carolina. Make no mistake that God will not share His glory with anything or anyone. In God’s foresight He allows this decision of SSM to be overshadowed with His glorious praise being spread among the newsrooms across this nation singing “It is Well with My Soul”! God is being glorified above and beyond the SSM decision through the life of his servant. The SSM decision is second hat to the glory of God being put on display across this globe; celebrating the life of the sacrifice of this pastor for the suffering of the Gospel. To God be the glory! In fact God is using the leader of this nation, president Obama, through both events!
“The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD;
he turns it wherever he will. Proverbs 21:1
In closing, do not be dismayed. These things must come in order that the Son of man can be lifted up and be glorified. Remember that Paul told us to rejoice in suffering. So, when the natural outworking’s of this sinful position the nation has taken begins to take root be certain death will follow; but take heart, I have overcome the world Jesus shouts!
It is the rejoicing in our suffering now and what sufferings are ahead to which He has called us to. In those sufferings we will give Him glory. Future suffering with the knowledge that God has ordained ALL things, including this wretched exchange, will be used to the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. And this apex of the glory of the knowledge of the Grace found in Christ Jesus is a declaration that gives all of us hope.
The darker the darkness the brighter the light shines! It will get dark and you will be tried and that struggle starts within yourself. If we have not poured ourselves out to kill violently the sins of our hearts then that is where we start. Do not be left in the dark because the darkness inside a man is where all the exchanges of the glory of God takes place. Exposing the darkness in each one of us though the light of Christ is the power in which we change our nation.
“ For God, who Said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ 2 Cor. 4:6
This is how love will really win~
I remember that day well. My first thoughts were of Us vs Them, but they were quickly expelled by the Spirit. I felt at peace. I immediately thought of Jesus and the Samaritan woman, Jesus and the leaper, Jesus and the blind man, Jesus and the bleeding woman. Christians now as those law keepers back then find it easier to pass judgment and claim them unclean, rather than go to them and show them grace and mercy. Jesus will go into the darkness and expose it. When man allows darkness to prevail, Jesus always steps in. Every social issue is always fought with a theology of right and wrong by those in the church, but Jesus always prevails with love of enemy, love for one another. Just as we now have very common place prison ministries and corner ministries in the harshest of communities and abortion ministries and divorce ministries and drug & alcohol ministries, all of these were once considered the “worst offense” at their time, we need to offer same-sex attraction ministries as well as same-sex marriage ministries as common parts of our brokenness ministries, as this has become the “worst offense” of today.
A couple thoughts… When you say, “Every social issue is always fought with a theology of right and wrong by those in the church, but Jesus always prevails with love of enemy, love for one another.” Theology, that is the Study of God, is an objective truth. So there is a right and a wrong theology, however, how you present that theology, for instance, why Jesus condemns same sex marriage; that explanation is to be wrought with love. But allow me to be clear. I am not suggesting someone can be living a lifestyle of homosexuality or be involved in Same-Sex Marriage and be a follower of Christ. That very act of giving themselves over to sin verifies they are not a follower of Christ. Also, I am not sure what you mean by “A ministry for Same-sex marriage.” If you care to explain I would be interested what you mean by that…