There is continued outpouring of celebration of Gay marriage and marriage equality. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints responded to the recent decision of the United States Supreme Court. Along with this, there is a link to the Divine institution of marriage. Modern Christian Evangelicals also have responded to the supreme court ruling that gay marriage is now the law of the land.
Over the course of the day, social media outlets, various blogs, newspaper reports and other media sources have provided a flood gate of commentary. One of the main themes running through most of these headlines is the statement: Love has won today. In reality, Love did not win today and here is the reason behind this simple truth.
real, authentic love won approximately 2000 years ago:
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends (See John 15:13, ESV)
Jesus Christ, the Messiah and Savior of humanity laid down his life. He took upon himself our transgressions and carried them to the Cross of Calvary. There, he died through the torturous means of crucifixion under Roman law and rule. People reviled him, persecuted him, and constantly threatened him. Through it all, he was put to rest in the Tomb and after three days, rose again with a body of flesh and bone.
One of my favorite hymns from the Mormon Faith is this – I stand all Amazed:
For those of us who have placed our love and devotion into the Savior of the world, we know and understand that through Jesus Christ, the love of our Heavenly Father has granted each one of us an opportunity to receive the power of forgiveness and walk in a newness of life. No, love did not win today in the court of man. Love won by the redemption of sinful humanity through the ultimate sacrifice.
While individuals will celebrate the victory over inequality, Christians world wide celebrate with humility and grace the peace we have, the love we share and the devotion there is found by and through Christ. Love won long ago and still wins in the hearts of men and women every where.
Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God (See Moroni 10:32)
Let us celebrate and be proud of our faith and know that through Christ, all things are made whole and new again.