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IT'S NOT ABOUT GAY MARRIAGE, IT'S ABOUT JESUS

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It’s not about gay marriage.

It’s about Jesus.

It’s not about the opinion of five earthly judges; it’s about the decree of one Heavenly Judge.

Public opinion polls don’t matter; eternal truth is all that counts.

That’s how Christians see it. And that is the only way they can see it.

Because truth is absolute. It is not culturally or temporally variable. It is not situational or changeable. The truth is the same yesterday, today and forever.

And the truth is that marriage is between men and women. It is not between men and men, and it is not between women and women.

The Bible declares that, and the Christian must follow that.

And all the judicial decrees and political statements in the world cannot change that, no matter how strong the winds of public pressure may blow. At the end of the day, this issue is not political, it is spiritual.

Yes, there are political aspects of it.

In one fell swoop five liberals on the Supreme Court seem to have blotted out the Tenth Amendment and the first three words of the Preamble.

For more than 200 years, the Tenth Amendment has, among much else, established marriage as a matter for states to regulate. Defining and licensing the marital relationship is not entrusted to the federal government by the Constitution, and it is not denied to the states by the Constitution, so it is the business of the states – according to the Tenth Amendment.

But on Friday five justices declared that not only is marriage a federal prerogative, it is a Supreme Court prerogative, and they were exercising it to change it. To do what almost no society or culture in any era of time has ever done.

And what of the Preamble?

It begins famously with the phrase, “We the People.” And on the subject of gay marriage, “we the people” had spoken at the ballot box in 38 states, saying that we do not want it, we do not enthrone it.

But those same five liberals have declared themselves superior to the people of 38 states, and have disenfranchised them.

Yes, that is political.

And, yes, there is a social aspect.

To arbitrarily redefine family has the potential to have broad sociological impact. With the hard and social sciences entirely prostituted to political correctness, we may never honestly study and detail that impact. But it almost certainly will exist.

As there will also almost certainly exist continued and expanded antagonism toward religious conservatives and their beliefs.

Gay marriage, which is not in the Constitution, has been declared a constitutional right. Freedom of religion, which is in the Constitution, is meeting angry social restraints which have the quick potential to become legal restraints.

Those bound by conscience to oppose gay marriage are finding themselves and their religions vilified and mocked. Many fear they will also soon find themselves legally sanctioned, as they are already socially sanctioned.

Religious belief is labeled “hate” and expression of religious belief is punished in the marketplace and the workplace. Many religious people fear that their churches will ultimately be legally punished for refusing to perform gay marriages or allow their sanctuaries to be used for gay weddings.

Quite likely, many churches will stop being agents of the state and abandon the option to perform legal marriages. They may still perform marital ceremonies of religious significance, but not of legal status.

Certainly, some churches fly the rainbow flag and embrace gay marriage, reflecting the beliefs of their congregants. But those beliefs fit no traditional, biblical or theological tradition of Christianity, and are not embraced by most churches.

Religious conservatives, fearing social and governmental pushback, don’t want to talk about gay marriage, they want to talk about freedom of religion. They seek a détente in which society tolerates their views as readily as it tolerates gay marriage.

Who knows if that will happen.

But either way, for the Christian, the matter is settled.

And it’s not about gay marriage.

It’s about Jesus.

The first principle of the gospel – the first principle of the eternities – is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Do you believe in him?

If the answer is “Yes,” the next question is: Do you love him?

If the answer is “Yes,” then his instructions in the Gospel of St. John are clear: “If you love me, keep my commandments.”

That is a lifelong venture of success and failure, a step-by-step process of improvement and repentance. But it is a call to fidelity toward which the Christian must strive.

And the rulebook is scripture, and scripture is clear. The Bible speaks loudly, specifically and emphatically. Marriage is between men and women, not men and men or women and women.

That will not change.

No matter what judges or presidents or preachers may say.

God has spoken. It is his right to decide, not ours. And where he has decided, it is our duty to follow.

And, for the Christian, the argument over gay marriage is not an argument and it is not about gay marriage – it is an invitation, and it is about Jesus.

An invitation for people to learn of him, and to develop faith in him, and to follow him.

Everything else flows from that.

That is what counts.

And that is what this is truly all about.


- by Bob Lonsberry © 2015

   
        
   
 
    

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