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Five Responses by the Christian in a Same-Sex Marriage World

26 Jun 2015, by John Meador

On June 26, 2015, the SCOTUS ruled 5-4  to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states.   This is not the first time SCOTUS has ruled contrary to Scriptural truth and natural law.  It IS momentous.  The landscape is changing and the cultural plates are shifting.

What’s happening in America is the result of the ever-widening gap between absolute truth and relativism.  In America, our nation is redefining what we want to consider to be truth.  SCOTUS did this Roe vs. Wade when devaluing life in the womb.  The consequences have been wide-ranging and horrific, and this will always be a consequence as we step further away from truth.  WE have no authority to define truth.  GOD does, and already has. We look to Him to know and understand truth.

Christians are called to do two things above all else.  

We are to love God first and foremost.  This means we love not only God Himself, but His Word, His ways and His design. Loving God means respecting His infinite wisdom in His creation of the first man and woman and how He brought them together in what we know as marriage.  This is His original design and it’s still “very good.”  Jesus said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?’  So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”   (Matthew 19:4-6 NASB)  Christ-followers should love God’s design and His plan for them.  These words never change, regardless of a ruling by 5 unelected officials – or anyone else.  I’ll never stop speaking the truth of God’s word in the pulpit or in the public arena.  Our church will continue to stand on God’s Word firmly.  Truth is truth, regardless who believes it.

We’re also called to love our neighbors.  Loving my neighbor is sometimes a challenge – especially when our values may be so radically different.  But my neighbor IS my neighbor. It might even be my relative or friend whose values are so different.  I need to be ready to love steadfastly.  As believers, there may be times when our convictions will be mocked and ridiculed.  We may be labeled as unreasonable and narrow-minded simply for holding to a biblical pattern for marriage.  I want to go on record as saying and living out this truth: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…”    The world that God SO LOVES includes all of us.  It includes every person of every color, race, gender, or action. The grace God has shown to me as a sinner who was by nature a child of wrath is the same grace that I’m to share with my neighbors, whoever they are.  My neighbor needs the Gospel of Jesus Christ just as badly as I do.

So what are some practical responses?

1.  PRAY for our nation and for those who live in America.  If anything should make us more desperate for prayer, it is the widening gap in America between truth and cultural reasoning.  This is not a slope, it’s a cliff that will hurt many in the days ahead.  Prayer for our families and for the individuals this will impact is critical – and that’s all of us.

2.  DISCUSS the issues with your family. Sit your kids down. Gather around a dinner table some evening with those you love with an open Bible. Tell them what the Bible says about loving God and His truth. Tell them about how we’re to love our neighbors and pray for those who do not believe God’s truth. Teach them a Gospel response.

3.  Don’t be DISCOURAGED. I like the words of Russell Moore. “First of all, the church should not panic. The Supreme Court can do many things, but the Supreme Court cannot get Jesus back in that tomb. Jesus of Nazareth is still alive. He is still calling the universe toward his Kingdom.”

4.  STAY ACTIVE to ensure religious liberty remains present. This is not a time to be silent to our elected officials. Fewer Christians are voting and speaking up, but our voice is so important!  Stay active!

5.  Stay on MISSION with the Gospel. Jesus took the good news of the Gospel directly to those who were furthest from it. He left no one out. He knew life wouldn’t be found in marriage or in relationships of any kind, but in His grace and forgiveness. Make sure your church is relentless about getting the Gospel where it’s rarely heard – in the lives of those who live around us.  Make sure this is what you personally do.

And…Christian…the world (and your neighbor) needs you to shine now more than ever. As believers, we may be more different from the world than we ever have been – and that’s not a bad thing at all. Shine.

  • Daniel Roberts

    So true and well said. It is hard to love my neighbor when he/she sets in position of authority and tries to redefine marriage but as Franklin Graham said “no one can redefine what God has already defined.” May God have mercy on America. I am afraid we have completely crossed the line.

  • Thank you, John, for this very calming, settling message at the end of a day that has brought tragic and disappointing news in several areas. Remembering that God is here and that His Word stands firm is a comforting reminder. We must always strive to respond in a manner honoring Him.

  • Yvonne Lashuay

    This is the best article I’ve seen on this highly emotional issue. It’s given me hope and not caused my hackles to raise reading through it. Living a true Christian life isn’t easy or popular. We were told a couple thousand years ago it wouldn’t be. I’m sorry my country is turning its back on God.

  • Nearly three years ago I wanted to document my views on this subject so I began to put together a book. Being a hard core ‘fire and brimstone’ person, The Lord had to open my eyes to the reality of your points on loving my gay neighbors. He took me to Genesis 18 where Abraham pleaded to God to save the people of Sodom and Gomorrah from destruction. Also, The Lord opened my eyes to two of His disciples who were previously known as ‘sons of thunder’. God did such a work on the apostle John that the only thought we have of him today is as the ‘apostle of love.” Thank you for your blog, very timely!

    • John Meador

      Good points, Mark!

  • Thank u John for standing true to God’s Word. We will not be popular in this world but we stand to honor our Creator who is one who validates not the government or others. God bless as u stand in the future.

  • karen hartley

    I believe in your message. As a minister in the church of Jesus Christ, that we must first pray, that we must discuss the biblical values with our family, that we stay active in keeping our religious liberties alive under the constitution of the USA, and mostly that we pursue the mission-the great commission: Matthew 28: 18-20 to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world.

  • Dawn Newell

    Thank you, Pastor Meador, for these helpful & encouraging words. My heart has been broken for our country all day in light of this stunning SCOTUS ruling. Being the faithful remnant just got tougher; it seems we Christians who hold to traditional marriage as Scripture clearly teaches are only moments away from being labeled as bigots. I am blessed to attend the church where you are pastor because you’re faithful to preach God’s Word sans the cancerous cultural political correctness seeping into some Christian churches. I will continue to pray for godly influence for leadership in our country, our state, & our church. I’m hanging onto Jesus today.

  • Hank & Gail Simons

    Thank you Pastor John! I appreciate your stand on biblical truth! May I share your Blog with my friends?

    • John Meador

      Of course. Please share.

  • Sherry Brown

    There is nothing to add.

  • Reba Kunselman

    Very well stated. May God continue to bless you and your family.

  • Andrea Mills

    Thank You Pastor! Yes, Love and shine in holiness. I need to learn the balance of grace and truth. Because the fear of the Lord is to hate evil. So how am I to hate sin and yet show love like Christ has shown me. I want to love- but I also do not want to be tolerant of sin. Please pray that I learn how to love which is patient and which does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. Thank you Pastor, John. I love you and am thankful for you.

  • Norman Smith Jr

    These are difficult times for Christians in America as we watch our Savior’s core teachings under constant assault. I have and will continue to pray for our country. This country no longer has the value system that you and I were raised under in Purcell. I fear the clock is ticking and the Tribulation is near at hand. Thank you for your words here, John. We must stand firm. God Bless.

  • Tom Quinn

    The Bible condemns the boys who were slaves and had no choice in the matter. I don’t understand that.