SCOTUS, Marriage Equality and the Apostle Paul

[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Gay-rights activists gathered outside of the Supreme Court on the morning when the Court handed down its decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.
[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Gay-rights activists gathered outside of the Supreme Court on the morning when the Court handed down its decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.
The United States Supreme Court has pronounced the constitutional right of all individuals the equal stature of marriage. This decision is flooding social media networks and the blogosphere. On the one hand, it is a time of celebration and liberation. On the other hand, it is causing some consternation among many evangelical Christians.

Throughout the course of recent history, evangelical Christians have denied those of the LGBT community the right to patronage their businesses. This is under the guise of “It offends my faith.” Whether I agree with their sentiment is neither here nor there.

My focus here is to look at what Scripture says. In fact, I will turn to the words of the Apostle Paul where he writes in Romans 13:1 (ESV):

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.”

As Christians, and having a desire to live an authentic Christian life, we must remember that it is through our love of all men that carries us and helps us spread the Gospel. We are to show charity among our fellow neighbors, regardless of their position and lifestyle. We may disagree with it, however, this does not give us license to oppress them.

We are not the judge of men’s hearts, a Sovereign God is the judge of men’s hearts. We are to bless those who curse us and persecute us. Pray for those who show disdain for our faith and our God. We are to walk the higher road of empathy and compassion on all men. In fact, we are no better or no less worthy than any other individual. We only will answer for our lives and the things we have done (or not done) in our mortal existence.

Do I personally disagree with the legalization of gay marriage? It is not a simple question to answer. There is grave concern that this decision will set an unprecedented gateway to allow marriage for all other types of relationships. Yet, for me, as a Christian, my focus is only to preach that there is a Sovereign God who is just and merciful. Christ is our savior and redeemer and the answer to many of our challenges we face in life today. I am not into using the Bible or Religion to criticize and judge others. I am using the scriptures to hopefully bring many people to an understanding of what it means to live in the Christian faith. What it means to move out of our own willful desires and align our lives through the Will and desire of God. After all, it is by grace we all are saved – while we were yet still sinners – through Jesus Christ. We all have our own sinful skeletons we have to deal with.

Therefore, as Christians, let us submit ourselves to the Government, pray for our politicians (regardless of whether or not we disagree with them) and know that God is always in control in all things and in all ways.

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