Law Of The Land

SCOTUS

In case you’ve been unconscious the past few days, the SCOTUS on June 26, 2015 handed down their decision that made marriage legally available to everyone regardless of race, religion creed or now – sexual orientation. But. I’m not going to write about that … yet.

Lots and lots of Christians it seems immediately felt a need to take a definitive position on it following the ruling… I’m really curious why that is… The SCOTUS does not change anything about God’s Word… They don’t have any ability to alter Christianity… they certainly can’t change my personal belief… and their ruling hasn’t weakened mine and my wife’s marriage in the least. We still love one another just the same.

So why do I keep hearing people saying things like – “this decision weakens traditional marriage?” It does? How? I mean, marriage is not solely a Christian institution. Lots of non-Christians get married every year. Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Satanists – just to name a few… they all get married and love one another deeply. One of my atheist friends has an amazing marriage and beautiful kids and they all love one another. Non-Christians get married all the time and it has never caused social media to blow up… For centuries non-Christians have been getting married and our Christian marriages did not suffer as a result… anymore than they will now.

I don’t think this SCOTUS decision weakens marriages… But do you know what I do think weakens the traditional Christian marriage? Divorce. That truly does. When two people who tell the world – we follow Jesus and we choose to marry… and then divorce later due to infidelity or anger or just “growing apart,” that is way more damaging. It says to the world – we only care about the importance of our Christian marriage in words – not in our actions…

Look – the world’s ideas are always going to be different than Jesus’ ideas. I can’t believe this is so shocking to people! We are told this all throughout Scripture that it is how it is… And now members of the LGBT community have the right to be married legally. News Flash: Their lifestyle is no different today than it was on Thursday before the decision. Nothing has changed… except I guess that they now can share one another’s insurance benefits and file their taxes together. What exactly are we as Christians worried about? That they are somehow gayer now? Or is the worry that awarding marital rights to them somehow communicates that we no longer believe homosexuality is outside of God’s plan for our lives? I dunno… does our support of restaurants like Chick-Fil-A as Christians communicate to obese people that their obesity is no longer outside of God’s plan for their lives? I mean fried chicken sandwiches, waffle fries and milk shakes aren’t good for anyone – but especially not for someone who struggles with a weight issue.

Maybe if we spend less time using our words to “defend our faith” and focus more on what we can do for people, on how we can show love – to all people  (regardless of religion or creed or race or sexual orientation) the world would desire to meet the Jesus we represent in our actions rather than detest the religion we defend with our words.

We, Followers of The Christ, need to boldly profess truth and God’s desired plan for our lives… but if you are doing that without showing everyone first hand the love of our Savior… you are completely wasting your time… even worse, you are escorting people further away from the Kingdom.

His Word is not weakened…ever! Everything in Scripture that is identified as sin, is still sin – just as everything it says about His Grace and Love and Mercy is still just as true today. His life and death on Earth is no less meaningful to us. Our institution of marriage is as strong today as we make it. Nothing about our faith can ever be damaged by anyone other than ourselves. And I don’t know about you – but mine is as strong today as it was the minute before the SCOTUS decision was handed down.

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Jason Rehmel is the Lead Pastor at Eastside Christian Church on the east side of Cincinnati. If you are ever in the area – stop by and say hello! Weekend service times are Sundays at 9:30am and 11am!

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