The Supreme Court has made the decision to legalize Same-Sex Marriage.
Some celebrate while others mourn.
Even though I am a Pastor I do not believe that the sky is falling. I’ve read correctly from numerous sources that the Church can’t expect the world not to act like the world. Because our country is not governed by a theocracy (a system of government in which priests rule in the name of God), it should come as no surprise that this decision has been made. Those against the Supreme Court’s decision must remember that the Supreme Court did not open their Bibles and debate Romans 1, 1 Corinthians 6, or 1 Timothy 1 when making the decision at hand.
The question followers of Jesus need to answer now is not “what do we think about the Supreme Court’s decision” (that ship has sailed and it’s not coming back). The question we need to answer is what are we as followers of Jesus (on both sides of the fence) going to do now.
I see two huge opportunities. The first is clear.
Matthew 25 :35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ 37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
What followers of Jesus should do now is hopefully what followers of Jesus have been doing all along. We should love our neighbors like Jesus did and as He instructed us to do. ALL OF THEM. If you have a rainbow covered profile picture on Facebook you need to know that Jesus loves those that wouldn’t think of such a thing. If you wouldn’t think of having a rainbow covered profile picture then you need to know that Jesus loves those that do. Not only that, He desires to instigate a relationship with ALL people and He has chosen us to be the mouthpiece to share that good news.
The second is more challenging because people tend to pick sides. Therefore, those that are not for same-sex marriage or who believe homosexuality to be a sin – are labeled as homophobic & against gay people. That’s not necessarily true. Those who are part of the LGBT community or who are for same-sex marriage are automatically labeled as enemies of God and on their way to hell. That’s not necessarily true either.
Bishop T.D. Jakes recently said…
“I think that sex between two people of the same sex is condemned in the Scriptures, and as long as it is condemned in the Scriptures, I don’t get to say what I think. I get to say what the Bible says.” I’m not anti-gay, I’m not anti-anything. I don’t want to be known by what I’m against.” He goes on do say, “I don’t have to agree with you to love you. I don’t dislike anybody. I love everybody.”
I agree with that completely. If you don’t – that is okay. Agreement is not a prerequisite to kindness and we can disagree without disrespect. I will still love you and I trust that you can still love me. The question is can we love our neighbors and are you willing to take the faith steps necessary to stop pontificating about what you think and start doing what Jesus did. Jesus loved and pursued a relationship with people. I pray you and I will do the same. As I saw someone write on Twitter recently, “You can’t hate a people and reach a people at the same time.” That’s true no matter how you feel about same-sex marriage.
What my family and the Freedom Church family will do now is the same thing that we did then. We will love people and we will point people to the good news of Jesus Christ. If you are a follower of Jesus then I trust that regardless of your position that you want the gospel to win in our country and around the world. That can’t happen if we get distracted from our mission. God is in control. He is trustworthy. Let’s move forward!