I am pleased to see that there are evangelicals preparing to stand in civil disobedience against the coming Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. This is assuming the ruling will go against biblical definitions of marriage. I don’t have high-hopes from the court. Therefore we will need to be organized as believers when the time comes and to prepare our response to the decision if the court imposes SSM upon us.
In a story on LifeSiteNews, evangelicals are declaring their resolve to stand against the decision:
Dozens of Christian leaders have vowed they will not remain silent, as they did following the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, promising to take nonviolent direct action if the High Court votes to redefine marriage.
The Supreme Court is deciding two separate issues: Whether the 14th Amendment guarantees same-sex “marriage” as a constitutional right, and whether states must honor same-sex “marriages” contracted in states that have voted – or, more likely, where an unelected judge has forcibly determined – to redefine marriage.
“We believe that the majority of the Court will rule in favor of elevating what we have always taught to be a sinful lifestyle to the stature of a civil right — forcing us to choose between their ruling and our religious convictions that are based on Scripture,” said Rick Scarborough, a former Southern Baptist minister who now heads Vision America Action. “Christians are being declared the lawbreakers when we are simply living by what we have always believed and by a set of laws that the culture historically has agreed to.”
As true Christians, we really do not have a choice in the matter. We can either be obedient to Christ and His word concerning marriage and homosexuality, or we can be disobedient to Christ and go with the world. If we choose the latter, we must realize the deep implications of this for our spiritual wellbeing.
“Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God (Luke 12:8-9).”
To deny His word is to deny Him. Jesus was not tolerant of sin. He did not wink at it. He did not redefine it. He died on the cross to atone for it. So please never make the mistake of thinking God’s love would just cover over and look the other way at our sin. Our sin cost our Savior dearly. He did not die on the cross so that we run off and lead sinful lives. He would not have us turn our backs on what He has declared as sinful. He would not have us decide what is sinful and not sinful. We must remain true, faithful and obedient to His word. We cannot change the definition of sin.
Which is interesting because in a New York Times Op-Ed piece this past weekend, the writer is demanding just that: that we redefined homosexuality as non-sinful. That would be like asking a leopard to change its spots. Here is part of the article:
A New York Times columnist and a corporate leader have agreed that Christian churches “must” be convinced, or coerced, to change their teachings on sexual morality and abandon an “ossified” doctrinal teaching that sex outside heterosexual marriage is immoral.
Frank Bruni wrote that traditional Christianity – whether among evangelicals, Catholics, or Orthodox – provides the greatest resistance to normalizing homosexuality in the United States in a recent column in the New York Times.
“Homosexuality and Christianity don’t have to be in conflict in any church anywhere,” Bruni insisted. “The continued view of gays, lesbians and bisexuals as sinners is a decision. It’s a choice. It prioritizes scattered passages of ancient texts over all that has been learned since — as if time had stood still, as if the advances of science and knowledge meant nothing.”
Bruni quoted furniture tycoon Mitchell Gold, who has used his millions to found a liberal pressure group Faith in America, writing that Gold believes Christian churches “must be made ‘to take homosexuality off the sin list.’”
“His commandment is worthy — and warranted,” Bruni added.
Problem is, we don’t have that option. We don’t get to vote on what is and is not God’s word, what is and is not a sin. That is up to God. To change what the Bible says about homosexuality would be to deny God’s very word and bring judgment on ourselves. To try and change God’s word would be like trying to change His character. We cannot do that even if we wanted to. God is holy, just, righteous, without spot or blemish, perfect in all His ways. So when He gave us His word, telling us what is and is not sinful, He was doing so out of His very nature. For Him to change something that was sinful to being acceptable would go against His very nature. And while all things are possible with God, He cannot deny Himself.
That leaves us with one of two options. First, we can deny God’s word for what it says concerning homosexuality and marriage, thereby taking the easy, soft and broad way to destruction. Or we can stand with Christ, knowing that the world will hate us, just as it hates our Savior, just as He said it would.
For me, there is only one choice: to stand with God’s word even though I may become a reproach to the world. I would rather stand with Christ and suffer on His behalf today, than live in opulence and decadence now, for an eternity of suffering in hell.
This is why we can never give in on the topic of homosexuality and marriage. The cost is too great. Yes, it would be easier in the short run, but destructive to our souls in the long run. Therefore we must stand against whatever wickedness the court hands down, even if it costs us personally.
In order to do this, we must die to our pursuit of the American Dream and live for the heavenly kingdom which will never perish. We must be willing to suffer with and for our Savior. I hope you are willing to do just that. I don’t want to, but if the LORD calls me to, then I will. Will you?
9 O God, behold our shield,
And look upon the face of Your anointed.
10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.