I was happily editing a completely different post for today when a friend on Facebook updated his status:
The Supreme Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional.
My first objection is that we Americans are too in love with our abbreviations (took me forever to figure out what SCOTUS and POTUS are- new Winnie the Pooh characters, maybe?).
Took me a minute to realize what he was talking about. The Supreme Court ruled the definition of marriage as ‘one man and one woman’ to be unconstitutional. My reaction (well one of them): “Of course they did.” The other reaction was that someone kindly inform the Court that “unconstitutional” is not politically correct for “I don’t like it.”
Now, normally, I don’t get involved in politics, but I do on occasion, when it is something I am very passionate about. Last year when that whole Chick-fil-a deal went down (if you’re not from America, I am so sorry- their waffle fries are to die for), I wrote a post on my personal blog that drew a little fire from all sides.
I had other blogger friends who stepped up to the plate as well and, in effect, told people to knock it off, grow up, and do what we, as Christians, were put here on earth to do. (Hint: it has nothing to do with buying chicken sandwiches and absolutely delicious waffle fries.)
I want to take today to do just that, because on days like today it is too easy for us to get lost in the ‘kerfuffle’ that is government. It is too easy for us to be feel outraged, discouraged, overjoyed, persecuted, neglected, and the list goes on. It is too easy for us to totally forget why we are here, and to totally forget the reality of the world around us, and totally forget the sovereignty of God.
The Supreme Court today ruled that the definition of marriage is no longer one man and one woman. Actually, no; they ruled that that definition is unconstitutional (which technically means ‘unpopular,’ since the Constitution doesn’t even mention marriage in any form).
I have no thoughts on that ruling. They aren’t really saying right or wrong, they’re just saying it’s “un-Constitutional” which is partly true in the sense that marriage isn’t mentioned in the Constitution. My thoughts are more toward us, as Christians, and how we are supposed to react to things like this.
How do we react to a government that puts the stamp of approval on things we know God does not?
Answer: We keep serving God.
Oddly enough, there is no mention of political reform in the commands to Christians. In fact, the Jews had hoped Jesus would be their political Messiah, but He wasn’t. He came to be a personal Messiah.
And He didn’t do that so we could turn around and try to save the world politically.
He did not tell us that we are to be reformers, and sign petitions. He told us to be salt and light, to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. He told us to share Him. He promised us trouble in this world. He told us we would be hated (for His sake, by the way, not because we’re mean, nasty and rude).
So we really need to stop acting surprised when the world doesn’t agree with us.
It doesn’t mean we stop fighting, but it does mean we stop whining when we lose. Has God lost His sovereignty? Has He lost control? Or is He still the One who raises up rulers and establishes Kingdoms? Have our standards changed simply because the world around us changes theirs?
God is still the same. His standards are still the same. Right and wrong are still the same. Holy and unholy are still the same. And His call to us is still the same.
We are called to be salt and light to a lost and dying world. We are to be sodium and sunshine and are too busy being arsenic and thunderstorms. We scream out for political reform, but do we share the message of hope and confidence in Christ? We hold signs about how God defines marriage, but do we let people know how much God loves them? We damn homosexuals to hell, but do we open the doors of our church to let them in for hope and healing?
“You’re wrong” is only half of the Gospel, and sadly, it’s the only half they’re hearing.
Jesus has not yet been a political Messiah. We will not beat Him to that. We are called to be ambassadors of His grace, not opponents of bills, and signers of petitions. Sure, by all means stand up for what you know is right, but let that be in conjuction with loving people. When it’s all said and done, you can win every political debate and battle you want, but if you haven’t won souls, you’ve lost everything.
So, my thoughts? No surprise. We live in a corrupt and fallen world. We are people who don’t like other people (or God for that matter) telling us how to live our lives. Legal and illegal doesn’t change right and wrong. So, I’m not worried about that. Marriage is a covenant relationship between one man and one woman.
I said this on Facebook, but I’ll say it here: I can call a cow a duck, but that doesn’t make it a duck; it just makes me wrong. Truth never changes, and our call never changes. So, let it go, stand for truth, and love people.
Our command doesn’t change just because the world doesn’t agree with us (again). We are still called to speak the truth (the whole truth- you’re wrong, but God has a better plan) and speak it in love. Be sodium and sunshine.