The Supreme Court ruled this morning in favor of gay marriage in America. Although I am not surprised at their decision, I was seriously troubled by it. Over the course of this debate, when left to the people to decide, gay marriage has been defeated at the polls only to be legislated later by a leftist Judge. That has been the case even in liberal states like California and Oregon.
I do not have a hidden desire to see people who are gay mistreated or denied the freedoms entitled to them by the Constitution, but that has not been what this debate is about. Their agenda is not to be married in the interpretation of some government paper, but rather to undo the moral structure of traditional marriage and to silence the Biblical view that homosexuality is a sin. We see it in the news too often lately. A baker in my town had to close for refusing to make a cake for a gay wedding because it violated her religious principles. A wedding chapel in upstate New York was fined $13,000 and forced to go to sensitivity training in a ruling this week for refusing to allow a gay wedding on their own personal property. These incidents are numerous and continue to grow and expand. Popular gay Star Trek actor, George Takei, commenting on live television about the Courts decision this morning reminded the viewers that there was still much work to be done. His thoughts on the next target? Yep. Religious Liberty. It’s coming folks. In fact, it is already here. I too have had calls from anonymous people requesting my services for a wedding and have to guard my wording while standing firm on my principles, knowing that I too could be the next target of the new gay agenda and each call could be a test. I should not have those thoughts enter my mind, but this is the sad state of our nation today.
I don’t dislike any group of people, nor do I seek to prohibit them from making their own choices. I have said many times that it is a God given right to live sin-free or as a sinner, just beware that your decisions have eternal consequences. The battle here is to darken the Christ appointed light-of-the-world that shines to expose the popular sin of preference in today’s world. This is also the devils plan to keep the lost in bondage by silencing the witnesses that will show them a better way to live.
As dark as it may seem, as a Christian I have an excitement because I know these actions are serious signs that Jesus is indeed coming soon! We are told to look for certain signs of His return. A collapse of a moral society is a serious sign of his return, as Jesus said in Luke 17: 28-30 “And the world will be as it was in the days of Lot. People went about their daily business—eating and drinking, buying and selling, farming and building— until the morning Lot left Sodom. Then fire and burning sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the day when the Son of Man is revealed.
Paul talks about this time in history in Romans. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. (Romans 1:22 NLT)
And then he continues, as if looking right into the year 2015;
(Romans 1:24-28 NLT) So God abandoned them to do whatever shameful things their hearts desired. As a result, they did vile and degrading things with each other’s bodies.(25) They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator Himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.(26) That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other.(27) And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin, they suffered within themselves the penalty they deserved.(28) Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, He abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done.
It seems history, even bad history, repeats itself. Something else is going to be repeated soon, and that is the return of Jesus Christ to this Earth with a specific mission in mind; the Rapture of his church! This is something we are instructed to rejoice about, and I do rejoice. Over the past few years I have heard several ministers teach that believing in a rapture ‘steals peoples hope.’ I admit that kind of teaching makes me a little angry, because my Bible teaches that the rapture IS my hope! Sadly, some Christians love God and want to be with Him, but they also love this world. It’s okay to love this world, God created it for us to love, but don’t allow the created world overcome your love for the Creator! Think about this warning of Jesus in Luke 17:32: Remember what happened to Lot’s wife!
Someday there will be proper order on this planet, but not until the rapture of the church and the later return with Jesus Christ to set things right. Many have had a desire to bring a Godly utopian rule to this earth among the evil that exist. This is what Judas wanted too, but it will not be. Evil and Holiness will be at war until God says enough, and evil is put down. Rejoice! That day is coming soon!