The Elephant in the Room

It’s the elephant in the room. You know, something so big it cannot be ignored. It’s the Supreme Court of the United States’ June 26 ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right and should be recognized throughout our nation in all fifty states.

It is a stunning reversal of cultural norms. Despite the naysayers, our nation’s earliest documents, the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, and the United States Constitution are replete with wording that undeniably point to the fact our nation was founded in the midst of a Christian consensus and worldview. Biblical morality was the undisputed standard, the ideal, but not anymore.

It did not happen overnight. In our growing affluence America became distracted from the Scriptures and we were willing to accept a nominal, superficial faith that changed little within and compromised the effectiveness of our witness without. As sexual mores grew lax so did our faithfulness to God and we allowed sensuality to seduce us. Homosexuality did not spring up magically overnight like a beanstalk in fallow ground; it found firm root in soil made fertile by heterosexual sin.

Thinking the dwindling faith of our fathers could be corrected by legislation, Christians slowly sold their spiritual birthright for a mess of political pottage, and like Esau we can do little now but weep over what has been lost.

Remarking on the believers’ unhealthy reliance on the political process, Cal Thomas wrote, “Few minds were changed, and culture became more deformed than reformed.” It was foolish to hinge our country’s future well being on such a flimsy frame. Culture will only change when the hearts of men, women, boys and girls are changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Politics nor the courts can or will save us.

What should we do now? We can start by repenting. We should have trusted God with the condition of our nation earlier and fuller. We should not despair, but trust our God. The Gospel shines brightest where sin is the darkest. I believe America is on the brink of a third great awakening and spiritual revival.

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,” Psalm 33:12. The nation that follows biblical principles enjoys the blessing of God because it practices what is right, promotes what is just, and protects its citizens from those enemies who prey on it from within and those enemies who would attack us from without. The recent decision is an attack from within.

This is not merely a Christian worldview. There is not a religion, a culture or civilization on the face of this earth that has flourished supporting same-sex unions that are biologically incapable of producing the next generation. Those who applaud the recent ruling should call to mind this is not have the last word, because the real Supreme Court does not convene down here.

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