The Ruling Heard ‘Round the World

As I sit here pondering all of the different things I have heard and read about Friday’s Supreme Court ruling on homosexual marriage, I am deeply saddened. There is so much hurt and anger on both sides of this issue. The anger is what saddens me the most. If you oppose same-sex marriage, you are narrow-minded, judgmental, and bigoted according to its supporters. If you are for it you are going to hell, do not pass go, do not collect $200. I am not writing this post to bash homosexuality, or same-sex marriage. The Word of the Most High, Sovereign God speaks very, very clearly about how He feels about this. His Word is crystal clear, and as a follower of Him, I will not condone this lifestyle. That being said, I have friends that are homosexuals, I treat them with love and respect for the person they are, but I do not support their lifestyle.

I have also been thinking deeply about how this happened. There are many viewpoints and theories about how and why. But the conclusion I have come to is this: Should we expect anything different? After all, this is the world. “Whatever is born of flesh is flesh, and whatever is born of the Spirit is spirit.”—John 3:6. The world does not have the Spirit to lead and to guide them. This world is ruled by Satan (2 Corinthians 4:4; John 14:30; 1 John 5:19, etc.). “For those who live according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, about the things of the Spirit. For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind-set of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit itself to God’s law, for it is unable to do so. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”—Romans 8:5-8. We have a worldly government, built by worldly people. Should we expect anything different?

Then I got to thinking if we shouldn’t expect anything different, how then should we live in this present darkness?

  1. Be like the One who has called us. We are called to live holy, set-apart lives, not living as the world lives, but as ones that are bought with a price, ones that are Holy Spirit-filled vessels, ones that have their mind set on the Spirit. “But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct.”—1 Peter 1:15. “This is how we know we are in Him: The one who says he remains in Himshould walk just as He walked.”—1 John 2:6.
  2. Be a light in the darkness. We are called to be salt and light. “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by men. You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lampand puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”—Matthew 5:13-16. These metaphors tell us that we are to be positive influences in the world. We are to penetrate the darkness by shining the light of Jesus. We are to lead others to the One who can save them by being a guiding light and providing a Hope for the hopeless.
  3. Do not be surprised when the world hates you. “If the world hatesyou, understand that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of it, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you: ‘A slave is not greater than his master. ’If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will also keep yours. But they will do all these things to you on account of My name, because they don’t know the One who sent Me.”—John 15:18-21. Trials and persecutions are almost a guaranteed thing if you are a follower of Christ. He never promised a life free from trials and suffering. However, He does promise to be there with us through it all.
  4. Live like you know the end of the book. If we know how the story ends, that should affect the way we respond to the temporary victories of the enemy. If we know that our sins are forgiven and we know where we are going…if we know that Jesus is coming back to set up His kingdom and rule and reign in glory and righteousness…if we know victory is a sure thing, then despair and pessimism over the latest court ruling does not make sense. “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”—John 16:33. Living with the peace that passes understanding makes sense in these trying times.

I will leave you with this: “Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lack diligence; be fervent in spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.  Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. Be in agreement with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Try to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone. Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for His wrath. For it is written: Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay, says the Lord. But, if your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
For in so doing you will be heaping fiery coals on his head. Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.”—Romans 12:9-21

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