America isn’t your church, it is your mission field.
There is this notion among Christianity that America is a Christian nation. In fact, you will notice that America and its greatness is often celebrated in churches alongside the greatness of Jesus Christ.
The result is a convoluted mix of politics and religion. It is for this very reason that our Founding Fathers placed freedom of religion in the First Amendment of the Constitution.
It prohibits the government from favoring one religion over the other and protects us from forced religious obedience. It protects the Christian from being forced to visit a mosque and pray to Allah during Islamic prayer times. At the same time it protects those who do not believe in Jesus from having to follow the tenets of Christian faith. Freedom of religion is just that, freedom for all to worship what they choose.
It is true that in our formation basic principles were derived from Christian belief but the legal framework of America was mixed with secular concept. America was built on the premise that the people are to elect their leadership and choose their own laws.
Nowhere in scripture is this affirmed or blessed by God.
Ironically, when Moses was receiving the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai the Israelites rebelled against God. They decided to take their gold and melt it down in a ‘melting pot’ and worship the idol they created. God placed this passage in context to Moses receiving the Law for a reason.
While Moses was receiving the Law from God, absolute statutes from a God that could not be voted in or out, the people were electing their own leadership. Public opinion ruled the day. Their article of gold represented their idol or personal belief which was cast into the melting pot, what came out was their elected god… a golden calf. They danced around it and made it their king.
America is a big melting pot, I agree.
In reality democracy, or a constitutional republic, is man choosing their own way. Give man the ability to elect their leaders and choose their own laws and they will eventually remove God from the equation. Even though appointed, non-elected, Supreme Court judges dictated this law they did so under the obligation to not force religious beliefs on the masses. They serve an important role in our judicial system.
The decision handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States that LGBT are allowed to marry based on the United States Constitution is correct, they are free to marry as they please. You can not legislate morality. In order for moral law to transcend civil law it must start with the people. We are a nation of the people, for the people, by the people. When you change the people you will change their trajectory.
Something we need to keep in mind is that a large number of Christians today are divorced and remarried, even outside the terms set by the Bible. We don’t have the best track record with marriage either and many of our second marriages are not legitimate. Yes there is grace, but we lose our credibility.
We have enjoyed a nation where Christian ideals were upheld largely because of the state of the majority. But the tide has turned. This didn’t happen overnight. It is the result of complacency, capitulation and ultimately choosing our own strength over the wisdom and power of God.
This is a wake up call for Christians.
You are set apart, you are a nation living within a nation.
“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9
This as an opportunity to be like Daniel, who when faced with a pagan culture went against the grain with humility. He did not wage war with words, He prayed for God to move and God positioned him for leadership. Ultimately the only One with power is the King of Kings. You will find strength and joy despite these things resting in the presence of God.
God’s loving kindness brings us to repentance. It is no different for the hurting, lost world we live in. They are looking for love and acceptance in the wrong places, let’s give them a reason to look in the right place.
Where do we go from here?
I do not want to downplay the seriousness of what has happened. The consequence of this will be severe. It plays into the coming Convergence of events I have previously written about and will write more in the coming weeks.
At the end of the day the government may recognize gay marriage but God does not.
God instituted marriage long before our government or any other governments were formed. The problem with trying to play God is that He humbles you very quickly.
I will leave you with this encouragement. The Church not only survives but thrives in adverse environments. It comes at great cost, more persecution is coming, but it is also an invitation to experience the power of God.
As our dependence on God increases so does our awareness of His faithfulness.