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Paul wrote these words to followers of Jesus living in Corinth, a free-spirited, cosmopolitan city that coveted the wisdom and strength of men, but despised what they supposed was the foolishness of God. Paul was exhorting believers to stand firm, to not succumb to a culture that was opposed to the good news of the Gospel. His appeal to the Corinthian believers must be heeded by the church in America today. Regretfully, even as we celebrate our nation's independence, we must wonder how much longer God will extend the life of America, the most exceptional nation on earth.
On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court voted in favor of Roe in the case of Roe v. Wade. The landmark ruling declared that an abortion is a fundamental right under the United States Constitution. Since then, nearly 55 million babies have been aborted. Today, for every three births, there is one abortion.
We now know that the leaders of the abortion rights movement were motivated by racial prejudice. For example, Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, was not shy in declaring that abortion and other forms of birth control were necessary in order to limit the number of undesirable children. She claimed the least desirable children were those born to certain ethnically and racially defined families. Her goal, shared by many of her "progressives" cohorts, was more children from the "fit" and less from the "unfit."
A generation later, another historic Supreme Court decision has fundamentally undermined the moral fabric of the nation. Just as the progressives hid their agenda from the lethargic public in 1972, today's federation of like- minded libs slyly trumpeted same-sex marriage as the civil rights issue of our day. One blinded Justice fell for their snake oil and as a result, the Court ruled by the slimmest of margins that same-sex couples can marry nationwide. In the words of Dr. George Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, "When it comes to same-sex marriage, Scripture prohibits what the Supreme Court [now] permits."
In writing for the willful majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote:
Removed from its context, Justice Kennedy's statement has a noble ring to it. But then the vacillating Justice presents his deceitful argument to justify his comrade's ungodly decision.
However, no one is condemning gays to live in loneliness. Kennedy is throwing up a straw-man argument, opposing a position that no one is advocating. And yes, men who want to marry men are meant to be excluded from the institution of marriage, just as square objects are excluded from a box that is designed to contain round ones, and substandard parts are excluded from inventory that is advertised as defect-free. The Constitution does not give the Supreme Court the right to change the definition of marriage, any more than it grants a parts supplier the right to relax the tolerance levels specified for a vital component of an aircraft.
What will SCOTUS redefine next? Mensa International is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world, open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized IQ test. To enforce the nation's absurd accommodation laws, will SCOTUS rule that Mensa must admit individuals who are able to demonstrate they're brighter than a rock? I believe Jesus took delight in breaking the foolish "traditions" of man, laws that are based on man's wisdom. Through the pen of Paul, the Holy Spirit gives instructions on how one enters the kingdom of God, and explicitly describes those who are excluded:
Exclusion from God's kingdom is the ultimate repudiation of Kennedy's foolish notion that equal dignity means everyone must have equal access to every institution, every opportunity under the sun.
Justice Kennedy's comments are offensive and without merit. Furthermore, the Justice failed to acknowledge that marriage was designed by God and therefore, the recipients of this gift must look to him for the definition (Matthew 19:4 -- 6; Mark 10: 5 -- 9; cf. Genesis 1:27 -- 28, 2:20 -- 24; Ephesians 5:21 -- 32). Kennedy is partially correct: marriage between a man and a woman embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. But the union of two people of the same sex is grotesque and sinful (Romans 1:26 -- 27; 1 Corinthians 6:9; 1 Timothy 1:10; cf. Leviticus 18:22, 20:13), showcasing the depravity of fallen creatures that have rejected their Creator. I am not implying that only gays and lesbians are the only ones depraved. I'm simply focusing on this segment of the population because of the Court's ruling; apart from God, all of fallen humanity is depraved, forever estranged from its Creator.
As outrageous as Kennedy's statements are, the actions of our President following the Court's decision were even worse. A response pleasing to God would have the President humbly falling to his knees, pleading God's forgiveness for the Court's sinful decision. He would have called upon Christians to pray on his behalf, asking God to grant him the wisdom to choose wise judges who could someday overturn the evil outcome of this case.
But instead, this dishonorable politician drapes the White House in the colors of the homosexual minority, a slur against the Christian community. Speaking at the White House, Obama said "Americans should be very proud," because small acts of courage "slowly made an entire country realize that love is love." His egregious behavior expressed an unparalleled attitude of contempt as he dismissed the will of a large majority of states that have passed laws that recognize marriage as a union between a man and woman. Obama's legacy will soon be summarized in a single sentence: "He did evil in the eyes of the Lord." -- 2 Kings 24:19 - 20
So where do we go from here?
Although June 25, 2015 was a tragic day for America, I'm far less concerned about what happens in the bedroom than I am about what this decision portends for the future.
Will the public accommodation laws be interpreted to require evangelical churches to rent facilities to same-sex couples if they also rent to heterosexual couples?
Will God-fearing pastors be required to perform same-sex marriages?
Will Christian schools and colleges be required to enroll same-sex couples, even though this would violate biblical codes of conduct?
Will organizations that provide a variety of professional services be stripped of their licenses because they oppose same-sex marriage?
I believe in the months to come, these questions will be decided in courts that by-and-large, have been stocked with liberal activists. There is no doubt that the left has already identified their target pastors, churches, and Christian institutions. Followers of Jesus shall soon be tested in each of these spheres of influence, I promise.
When questions similar to ones I've listed above were posed to the Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, he admitted they represented real issues, even with weight of the First Amendment behind a follower of Jesus. "I don't think I can answer that question without knowing more specifics," he replied, "but it's certainly going to be an issue. I--I don't deny that. I don't deny that... it is--it is going to be an issue."
So how should authentic followers of Jesus respond when our friends, churches in our community, or our own church are targeted by the Gestapo-like extremists whose goal is to remove God from the public domain?
First, we must not be discouraged. Scripture is clear that God will prevail. While we are saddened by our nation's moral and spiritual backsliding, we must never rest from our mission--to prayerfully share the good news of the Gospel wherever and whenever we can.
We must actively support candidates who advocate biblical perspectives on the challenges that face America. Such support includes our time, our talents and our financial resources.
We must not deny the truth of Scripture by our silence or by our failure to act. We cannot ignore the lesson learned by Peter and John (Acts 4:1 -- 21). The two disciples were publicly teaching God's Word when they were seized by the authorities and commanded not to speak in the name of Jesus. Both men replied to their persecutors, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God." When authorities takes steps to prevent a believer from speaking the truth, or require behavior that contradicts the teachings of Scripture, or demand obedience to laws that are contrary to Scripture, we must respectfully but firmly resist, even disobey.
If we're imprisoned for our faith, we must view our new surroundings as a fertile ground in which we plant additional seeds of the Gospel. If we fail to respond in the same manner as Peter and John, it's my opinion that we will be guilty of denying our Lord.
Scripture never fails to speak to the challenges facing Christians who live under governments who have turned, or are turning, away from God. Nor does it fail to speak to our government leaders, authorities who have the power to do good in the eyes of God.
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight." -- Isaiah 5:20 -- 21
And woe to America if it does not quickly repent of its wicked ways. Disaster is lurking at our door.
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