But first, a bit of backstory
In case you’ve been living under a rock (or avoiding Facebook) the past three days, here’s some context:
On Friday, June 26th, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled gay marriage legal in all 50 states. Beginning last Friday, states could no longer ban homosexual couples from obtaining a marriage license, or from having their marriages recognized in any state.
The ruling was an incredibly close 5-4, but the decision was to ultimately abolish the states’ ability to ban gay marriage. Before the ruling, 14 states (including Texas) still refused to recognize homosexual unions.
What should Christians do about this news?
The decision left many Christians up in arms, many overjoyed, and still a wide majority simply asking, “What now?”
Should Christians support gay marriage and consider it a civil right?
Should Christians be against gay marriage, regardless of what man’s law says?
Basically, how should Christians respond to gay marriage and the decision passed down from SCOTUS?
And that’s where this video comes in. I’ve bragged before about my wonderful church (and if you’re ever in DFW, you should look them up). On Sunday, Pastor Andy blew away the congregation with this message of peace, humility, and love.
While I’ve heard and read other wonderful responses to the SCOTUS decision, this is the best yet. It’s about 45 minutes long, but worth every second.
A few highlights from the video:
We all have our positions. If you’re a sincere Christ follower and you take the word of God seriously, you have a position on that. The problem is, when sincere Christians take different positions and disagree with one another in the same church on that issue, the question is: how do we get along?
In promoting our position, in advocating for our conviction, in putting forward our belief, do we choose the path of power (and factions and politics and rhetoric)? Or do we choose a more excellent way?”
The question is, as Christians who disagree, what does God want us to do? How do we get along?
And Pastor Andy’s ultimate answer:
You don’t choose the path of power. You choose the way of love.
Love is not self-promotion at another person’s expense, but self-sacrifice for another’s good.
I truly hope you’ll watch and take to heart the entire message. Because ultimately, this isn’t a question of, “How should the church handle gay marriage?” But rather, “How can Christians who disagree still get along?”
And the answer, of course, is love.
So, what’s the answer?
Do everything in love
How do we respond to the SCOTUS decision? How do we treat the now-legal marriage of homosexuals in our lives?
As always, we can look to scripture for the answer. For as the Word tells us,
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.
– 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Yes, we are to be on our guard against the dark authorities. Yes, we are supposed to stand firm in our beliefs and hold fast to God through every situation. We are to be courageous, and strong in our faith. But, more importantly, we are to do all these things in love.
For, as Pastor Andy says,
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
– 1 Corinthians 13:13
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