What to Think of the Supreme Court Decision?
As followers of Christ the decision by the Supreme Court regarding homosexual marriage should concern you, but not cause despair. Society has always rejected God’s decrees. Even those called to be God’s people rejected His laws.
Man’s ways are contrary to God’s. Slander, bigotry, hatred, false testimony, sex outside of marriage, self-centeredness, gossiping, lying, stealing, shoplifting, murder, and a host of other actions common in our society (and every other society) violate God’s ordinances. Yet, in His wisdom, He is still in control.
A study of the Old Testament reveals that His people chose to reject Him even when His presence was evident with fire by night and a cloud of protection by day. The people rejected Him even after witnessing the miracles against the Egyptians. They rejected Him even after He offered love and forgiveness for them time after time.
The United States of America and Israel are the two nations in the history of the world founded upon the principles of God’s laws. Yet, both nations have rejected God as supreme. Just as all other nations.
How are followers of Christ to respond? Remember that while Christ was walking this earth, the leader of the world, Tiberius Caesar, was in charge. Tiberius was a child molester, rapist, and cold-blooded murderer. Tiberius represented the worst of the world yet he was the ruler of the world. Jesus represented the heavenly kingdom, yet he was born in a barn, trained as a carpenter, taught as a rabbi, only to suffer torture and death.
This contrast reveals to us that even when it appears that God has lost control, He is in control. This SCOTUS decision may make it appear as if God has lost control, but He has not. He knew this decision would happen before the justices even had the case before them. God is in control and all of this is working toward His plan to bring others into relationship with Him.
How are we, as followers of Christ, to respond? Jesus already told us.
“ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22: 37-40).

 

Written by Pat Calhoun