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Since same-sex marriage has passed, what now?

After all the yelling, cursing, cheering and complaining about the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriages, what are we left with? Like anything else, what remains is the settling of a new reality. We all need to find our way in a changed world.

The sun has arisen on the same places and people under the same heaven. To the Lord, nothing has changed. His truth and will, established before the beginning of time, are still set in eternal concrete (Psalm 119:89).

Likewise, nothing is different in the spiritual world. Some are saved and some are lost and the criterion is unchanged (John 12:48; Hebrews 11:6; Acts 2:38; 22:16). Our opinions are useless in altering God’s Word (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19).

For those who rejoice over the ruling, they must reorient their world and become gracious winners. It’s time to move on and exemplify the tolerance they claim to promote. True change comes through hearts, not court rooms.

Christians hold to a different worldview and sincerely disagree based on principle. Christians and same-sex proponents are both convinced they’re right and are determined not to change their minds. So the verbal war is just making us all look bad.

Understand that Christians should respect other people’s freewill but we must above all respect God’s will.

True Christians are loving, kind and interested only in glorifying the Lord (Ephesians 3:20-21). We know folks disagree with us and that is fine as long as they’re respectful. We can all live in the same world without fighting.

Based on God’s Word, we see homosexuality and all its permutations as being sinful (Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:8-9). God said it, end of story.

Disagreement is not hate regardless of the changing definitions of words. We love all homosexuals as human beings with souls made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26).

Extremists exist among those who claim to be Christians just like there are in the same-sex community. We should be mature enough not to define the entire group by a small minority. As long as we allow fear and misinformation to rule, fighting will continue.

Christians won’t change their views because God will never change (Mark 13:31). Altering translations or doctrines to fit the culture won’t affect that fact. We pray that we’ll all put aside sin and prepare for the judgment to come because it’s certain (Revelation 20:11-15).

Christians must persevere in their faith and grow closer to Christ (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:1). We must continue to teach the truth in love and respect (Ephesians 4:15) and do everything possible to exemplify the marriages that God envisioned (Genesis 2:18-25; Ephesians 5:22-33).

Criticizing the love lives of others while destroying our own is ludicrous.

When Christians are added to the kingdom (Acts 2:38-47), walk in the light (1 John 1:7) and live for Christ completely and the world still hates us, we can’t act like some “strange thing” has happened to us (1 Peter 4:12, NKJV). We were warned, after all (John 15:18-25).

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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2 thoughts on “Since same-sex marriage has passed, what now?

  1. I am remembering an episode of the Phil Donahue Show, when his guest was Madalyne Murray O’Hare. Her son had recently renounced his mother’s reliefs and practices and expressed his sympathies for those believing in God. Phil asked her, if he ever decided to come back, would she accept him. “NO, that would be the Christian thing to do!” She was having nothing to do with that, or them.

    So I think it is asking too much and only hoping for the best when Richard wrote, “For those who rejoice over the ruling, they must reorient their world and become gracious winners. It’s time to move on and exemplify the tolerance they claim to promote. True change comes through hearts, not court rooms.”

    Much like the Jews of Thessalonica claimed Paul and his brethren had, “turned the world upside down,” (Acts 17:6). God had set our world straight. Man had tried to turned it upside down. God’s followers were simply trying to set it right and keep it right, according to His Word.

    Gay marriage is a matter of the heart, just not according to God’s heart, if His Word is true. You and I believe His Word is true, and our hearts hold to that. So we go on, sharing His Word and attempting to right a world that has turned themselves upside down.

  2. The world has always been upside down we are called to not be of it. Maybe we have been too comfortable and allied to it and that is why we are so offended.

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