Today, the United States Supreme Court, the ultimate law of the land, deemed that it is unconstitutional for any state to prohibit gay marriage.
And the country celebrated...
And the country mourned.
I've been praying all day about it, about whether or not I should wade into the waters of public opinion and share my two cent's worth...if it's even worth that. Why should I do that? Do I have anything different to add?
Maybe. Maybe not.
Nevertheless, as I've prayed about it today, I've felt an overwhelming urge to try to whisper a voice of love and hope over the cacophony.
Last Sunday I sang I song in church by Sarah Groves called When the Saints. At the very beginning she says:
Lord I have a heavy burden of all I've seen and know,
it's more than I can handle.
But your word is burning like a fire shut up in my bones
and I can't let it go.
And now, that's where I am.
I don't talk about politics on this blog very often...or, well, ever. But this...this, I think, is important enough. So now, I'm going to say something that's going to make a lot of people angry.
Christians, we have to get to a point where we are more concerned about walking in our beliefs than we are about legislating them.
Yup...you heard me. I said it. Walk the walk, people, and then maybe, just maybe, someone will actually want to hear what you have to say about the love of Jesus.
But hey, all you Christians applauding me because I just put those other Christians in their place - yeah you, the ones waving around the rainbow flags today - I have a message for you, too.
We have this book that we believe was written by God through men, it's called the BIBLE, and ya know what it says? It says homosexuality is a sin. BAM. I said it.
It's a sin. If YOU want people to take your faith in God seriously, and therefore, take your witness to the world seriously, then you'd better wake up and smell the Fruit Loops because you're turning your back on what you believe. You are a hypocrite.
So...now that I've made everyone mad. What about this ruling, eh?
Well. *sigh* It makes me sad, I guess. Sad because of where society is and the direction in which it's headed. At the same time...life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, right?
As much as we, as Christians, like to stand on the Bible and declare this country was built on a faith in God, in reality, it was built on those three inalienable rights expressed in The Declaration of Independence.
Liberty is basically the right to be as free as possible, as long as you're not encroaching upon the rights of others.
Now, I know...they want to use the term marriage, which is indeed a biblical term for the joining of one man and one woman for life.
But guess what, we Christians are already doing a pretty good job at botching marriage: divorce, adultery, pornography, disrespect, lack of leadership. We're jacking it all up.
Here's where I'm going, my main point, if you will:
I can love you and still think what you're doing is wrong, but you have a right to do it.
I love people who lie.
I love people who cheat.
I love people who have murdered.
I love people who are gay.
I don't think any of those things are right, but I still LOVE people who do them. Do you know why?
"God proves His own love for us
in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us."
Furthermore, God is all about free will, right? He gave Adam and Eve a choice, and He gives each of us a choice, to accept Him or reject Him.
So, I respect your right to choose. I may not agree with your choice, but that's okay. All I ask is that you protect MY right to choose, as well. Please continue to protect MY right to speak...MY right to disagree with you.
In closing, on US money stands the phrase In God We Trust.
Well, do you? Do you trust in God, in His Word, in His divinity? If so, no matter what the world does, no matter what craziness ensues, you are covered. No need to fear. No need to go crazy.
In God We Trust.