Today the Supreme Court of the United States of America held that the 14th amendment requires states to license same-sex marriage and recognize those marriages entered into in other states. It’s not a novel concept in our time, but it will be an historic day in American history. Time to print a new edition of textbooks.
While loose interpretation of the U.S. Constitution really grinds my gears, I have to applaud the SC for finally pushing this through. Nearly every day for my perceivable adult life thus far, I have been so irritated and frankly embarrassed that same sex marriage is still politically debated in 2015. The fact that it is a debate point for the 2016 election is beyond embarrassing though, it’s just sad. The American people have been so beyond this issue for so long already. It’s sad that our representatives in government have yet to catch up.
Let me preface – I am an Evangelical Christian. I am imperfect. I do not presume to say that I know all the answers or even that my opinions are correctly aligned with what my faith’s leadership would mandate. I form my opinions from my life experience, which includes my personal experiences with God and His word.
That being said, I have always been supportive of legalizing same-sex marriage. I recognize that same-sex relations were not God’s intention, and this phenomenon is a result of a fallen world. Don’t cringe when I say it, but it’s a sin to act on homosexual desires. Now, it is EQUALLY sinful to act on feelings of envy, lust, and hate (no matter what your sexual orientation is). In essence, a sin is a sin is a sin.
The bible does not tell me to hold others to a standard of God’s original intention for His creation. I am not called to judge. Even personally, God did not create me to politically withhold liberties from other sinners. Here’s where I reach a catch sometimes though – if I were to be a law-enforcer, with my beliefs of equal sin, should it not be equally righteous for me to prevent murderers from killing as it would be for me to prevent homosexuals from acting on their desires? That’s a rough argument for me, and I can’t say that I know how to get past it just yet.
But here is what I do know. I am called to love my neighbor. I am called to be accepting, and show grace to sinners, as I am one – equally guilty as anyone else. My sin and those of a homosexual are equal to God. But here’s the thing: the cross happened. Christ happened. Heterosexuals and homosexuals alike, he carried the sins of all mankind when he was crucified. I keep seeing the hashtag #LoveWon all over the place. But #LoveAlreadyWon. Jesus’ perfect sacrifice paid the fine of all our sins. Therefore we are free to love one another and enjoy a life of liberty, covered by the grace of his perfect love.
What does it say about me if I am to tell a homosexual couple that because their desire is sinful, they don’t deserve God’s grace, forgiveness, love, and blessing of a holy marriage? When I got married, was I not a sinner as well, as I still am today? Does that mean I didn’t deserve to enjoy the legal bond of marriage? I may offend my fellow Christian community by feeling this way, but I say No. I choose love. I choose acceptance. Even if only just for my absolute disgust and fatigue with the argument as a whole.
We are beyond this. Christians should not fear this decision, nor should the Christian community choose now to victimize itself in light of being fundamentally refuted. The worst thing a Christian could do in this time is be a sore loser. Embrace this change. Personally, my prayer is that in these same-sex marriages, God would reveal himself and his design to these individuals, and His love would fill their legal covenants.
I get the Christian “turmoil” as it were. As Christians, we know what’s coming. Times they are a-changing. The bible warns of a time when sin will consume us: “sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming” (Colossians 3:5–6). Along with that, it warns that these sinful acts will be idolized, celebrated, institutionalized. Herein lies the fear of the Christian community – that with the legalization of the institution of same-sex marriage, we are falling into dark times, and therefore should be mourning this decision.
… am I missing something? What about the cross? What about our hope for the future? What about our evangelical duty? Are you telling me that because the “world” is falling into this period of prophetized sin & turmoil, we are supposed to just sit back and bitch about it and lose faith that God will continue to save the sinner?
Guys, I get it. What God mourns, we should also. But we have a job to do, and God isn’t in the business of giving-up. Me neither. My job is love. My mission is to accept changes as they happen, respect my leaders, trust God’s will ALWAYS, and love like there’s no tomorrow.
Differences aside, we’re going to get through this. Idiot radicals aside, progressive change will come. And sin of the world aside, God loves abundantly. I’m talkin in ways no political faction, Christian leader or gay average Joe could possibly fathom. We don’t know the plan, we don’t know what’s to come. But as a very intelligent burly half-giant wizard once said,
“What’s comin will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.”