Friday, July 10, 2015

No Court Decision Derails God

After two weeks, Christian bloggers still reel from the enormous threat to religious liberty that has already begun as a result of the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same  sex marriage. And we certainly must acknowledge that those who remain faithful to Scripture's unambiguous prohibition of homosexuality should expect varying degrees of persecution. Further, few Christians are prepared for serious persecution, and we definitely need to address that lack of preparation.

But in all this struggle, we first need to remind ourselves of God's Sovereignty. He not only knew that western society would fall into perversion, but the Bible says that God actually "sends" deluding influences on those who don't belong to Him.
11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. ~~2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 (ESV)
This court decision has already caused some professing believers to show their affinity for the world. A couple friends whom I'd considered as fairly solid Christians have, this past week, posted comments on Facebook basically chastising Christians for stating Scriptural positions on the sinfulness of homosexuality. But, as much as their capitulation to the world breaks my heart, I take joy in seeing the Lord making clearer distinctions between mere professors and Christians who take His Word seriously. I believe He has allowed this cultural embrace of sexual sin, as well as the resultant persecution of those who stand on the authority of Scripture, for the purpose of purifying His Church.

Yes, I sorrow over the acceptance of sin (and  not just homosexuality) that permeates 21st Century culture. All Christians should grieve, and  grieve deeply! But in our grief, we can rejoice that God still maintains complete control. No man-made laws, no matter how corrupt, can possibly defeat His purposes.
Ascribe to the Lord, O heavenly beings,
    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
    worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
    the God of glory thunders,
    the Lord, over many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
    the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
    the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
    and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
    the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth
    and strips the forests bare,
    and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
    the Lord sits enthroned as king forever.
11 May the Lord give strength to his people!
    May the Lord bless his people with peace!  ~~Psalm 29 (ESV)

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