On Friday, June 26th, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a 5-4 decision that same-sex marriage is constitutional (and any state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional). Same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states.
What does this mean?
This means that every state must recognize same-sex marriages as legitimate marriages and offer same-sex couples the same rights that come with marriage in those states.
What should we remember?
Believers in Christ should remember:
How should we respond?
Believers in Christ are bound to respond the way Christ did. He did not come to Bethlehem and grow up and preach a politically-charged gospel of government correction or overthrow. He said things like, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s,” and “Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.” Jesus never backed down from anyone, and neither should we. We should be a people who declare the truth. But Jesus never dealt with people out of hatred rather than grace, and neither should we. We should be a people who show grace and genuine care as we proclaim truth. Like Jesus, we should be a people full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
Where is our hope?
Our hope is in God, not in having everything around us agree with God. It never has and never will be circumstantial. The church was established and flourished in graver circumstances under the Roman Empire than we are experiencing today. We will be fine. God is sovereignly directing all nations, even this one, in the direction he chooses. “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes,” (Prov. 21:1). He is sovereignly protecting and providing for His kingdom of people. He is faithfully establishing and growing his church. He is preparing them to worship Him and serve Him and enjoy Him for all of eternity. He is reconciling all things to himself and will one day make all things new.
Our hope is where it has always been, in Jesus Christ, and in Him alone.
His kingdom is not of this world, and, as we are seeing very clearly as His followers, neither is ours.