Over the last 200 years, the United States of America has been incredibly blessed by God. Our country is unique because it was founded upon governing principles and ideals based upon the Word of God. This is not to say that the USA was inherently Christian or that every Founding Father was a Christian, but our nation, as a whole, had a general respect for morality and ethics that were patterned in Scripture.
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States chose to redefine the Biblical definition of marriage allowing for homosexuals to legally marry in any US state. As I look at social media, it seems like Christians are in panic mode. Rarely do we see the federal government violate the Scriptures to this degree. I will admit that my stomach felt ill when I saw the breaking news report. But as I now process this news, I must come back to the reality of the “real world.” Friends, the “real world” has Christ at its center no matter what society does. King Jesus is ruling and reigning today just and he has in eternity past and shall in eternity future.
So what does this mean for our country? I will admit that I do not know the answer to that question. You can be assured that I love our nation. God has used her mightily for his glory. I beg him to do so in the future. I also believe that God holds all individuals accountable for their sinful behavior, specifically in the area of homosexuality (Hebrews 13:4). The only “fix” for our nation is revival centered upon the Christ.
NH began equating homosexual unions to marriage on January 1, 2010. The Supreme Court’s ruling on redefining marriage does not change our mission in any way. The mission of NESBC remains to equips saints for the work of the ministry and build up the body of Christ until he returns to take us home (Ephesians 4:12-13). We will remain true to the Scriptures by respecting our government as commanded in Romans 13. When the law of the land contradicts the Word of God, we echo the words of Peter as listed in Acts 4:19-20; 5:29. “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard…We must obey God rather than men.”
There is no need for panic, cause for worry or fear, or change anything we have been doing to glorify the Lord in response to the SCOTUS ruling. We will obey God. We will love our neighbors as ourselves. We will use this opportunity to proclaim Jesus as Lord, King, and Savior to a world who desperately needs him. We will love homosexuals as much as God does, not accepting their sin, but loving the person whom Christ died for.
Do we have an uphill battle? Yes, we do! Being a Christian in America just became a little more difficult, but may I remind you that the victory is already won? The Supreme Court of the United States cannot put Jesus back into the grave. We are but strangers and aliens on this earth making our way to an eternal city with foundations whose builder and make is God.