“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood [shall be] upon them.” Leviticus 20:13
After so much vitriol following the latest rulings of the Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision, I took some personal time to reflect and form my own opinion around the decision. While the ruling, itself, was in many ways painful, I can say with very little hesitation that in no way was it a surprising.
Nor was it inconsistent with how our country views the evolved role of government. I will openly take anyone to task that doesn’t support the idea that our country was originally founded by Christian men and women, and that the freedoms that they so explicitly laid out during our founding were freedoms that they believe were given to us by God himself. Many uninformed and unyielding people would argue that having the “Separation of Church and State” in the Constitution is proof of the contrary. However, with a little research you can see for yourself that this misnomer has just been part of the opposing rhetoric for so long, that uninformed people have accepted it as truth. With that being said, you may be asking yourself how such a decision can be seen as a blessing, and I offer you these three reasons:
First, we now have another example of the distinction between what is legal and what is or isn’t sinful – Socializing in the world we have today, the conflict between what is acceptable and what is legal has gotten more and more convoluted. It has become unceasingly painful to see people compromise their faith and their soul because they allowed a faith deficient government tell them what is right and what is wrong. While our government was founded on Biblical principles, it would be hard to argue that it continues to operate that way… or is it?
From the beginning of time, Man has been given the opportunity to sin. God’s gift of “free will” is openly and repeatedly professed in the Scripture, and to expect a government to restrict a sin that brings no harm to anyone but themselves was probably too much to ask. However, as previously mentioned, we bring a great disservice to ourselves and others when we confuse the difference between what is legal and what is or isn’t sinful. The latest decision wasn’t the first example of this truth, and I very much doubt it will be the last…
Second, this decision forces the faithful to take make a decision, take a side, and use their voice – I truly believe that we as a Christian nation have relied far too much on our government to speak for us. In our effort to avoid confrontation and negativity we have relied on a now faithless entity to protect our interest, our moral convictions, and the way we live. However, as of now the truth is out there for all to see. The government will no longer default towards our religious liberties, as evidenced by this decision and others, and when we have the opportunity to have our voice heard, at the polls, in our purchases, and when asked directly, we know that our interests MUST BE represented personally and openly. We MUST gain comfort on telling others that they are sinning, and call for their repentance. We MUST be the guiding light they need in their life and stop relying on the government to lead their souls, or anyone else for that matter. It is our task today, as it was yesterday, to lead the strays and the afflicted back to the Shepherd and be the beacon for a life and an eternity of fulfilment.
Finally, we have something polarizing enough to force us to separate tolerance, acceptance, and support from LOVE – On reflecting back on how we came from there to here, many things come to mind. I remember not too long ago a call for tolerance during the “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” days where we were asked to forego judgment and allow others to express themselves the way they chose in private. It didn’t seem long before that request evolved into one of acceptance and acknowledgement. We were still asked as Christians to love and embrace their differences, and to continue to forego our judgement because their decisions had little to no bearing on our lives and religious freedoms. Which brings us to what I have witnessed over the last few weeks: I am beyond disgusted at the amount of hate and discontent towards people who feel called to share their faith beliefs. In addition, we see flagrant attacks against Christian Businesses who choose not to “support” someone else’s life choices and the government entities that make an effort to protect their decision. To be honest, witnessing everything around me made me regret not saying anything in the first place… but then I was conflicted with what I believed to be my calling as a Christian: A life full of Love and void of Judgement… It forced me to once again look at my Bible, to gain clarity on what to do next. It was then that a revelation came over me. Just as others had preached that the “Separation of Church and State” was in the Constitution and were misinformed, nowhere could I find that we were not supposed to judge our neighbor and/or that we didn’t love them when we did. Instead, I found CONSTANT calls for our repentance and asking others to repent their sins, too. The truth is, the person who truly loves you is willing to tell you to repent. The one who loves you is willing to do and say what they have to, for your salvation and your personal well-being. The harsh reality is, those who are intentional in holding back the truth, are the ones who are holding back their love.
So I leave it to you my friend… This God-fearing, sinning-yet-repenting Christian sees this latest decision as positive thing because it gives me an opportunity to demonstrate my faith even more. What say you?
We have to be willing to speak, when others may spew their hate back. We have to be willing to stand, when others are going to want to knock us down. Finally, we have to be willing to represent our faith, before others take that right from us, too. We are on the precipice of that moment now. Are you going to be the one who stands for God’s ground, or are you just waiting to be pushed off completely?
As always, may God continue to bless you, and others around you!