Unless you have been on a deserted island and without communication, I’m sure you have heard about the Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision this past week. The chatter on social media has been incessant.
I’ll be honest, I have wrestled with this post since SCOTUS handed down their decision. I questioned whether I wanted to use this platform to discuss such a hot topic. Would people really hear my heart?
But it’s still raging around in my head and my broken heart. I’m learning that the road to authenticity is written with my heart, and this weighs heavy on my heart. Like a drippy faucet, these words just keep demanding my attention.
So today, I come to you with an open heart and with words that have been prayed over again and again, asking God that my words would bring no harm and only be for His glory.
My heart is broken over the SCOTUS decision. And it’s not because I’m homophobic or don’t believe in rights and choice. But it’s broken because our nation needs healing and it begins with us.
Each. And. Every.One. Of. Us.
My heart is broken that as a nation that we find ourselves here with such dividing lines.
And yet it does not surprise me. We have been asking God to leave us to ourselves, to make our own decisions, and our choices so that we could live our own lives for so long. And so He has. He’s good like that- letting us make our choice.
But we must know that God must be God. We can’t fit Him into a box or make Him politically correct. I’d imagine His heart is broken over the continued choices of His creation to blatantly make laws that defy His Word.
And it’s not just this issue but the million ways we ride the waves of culture and turn our backs on Him. We forget that as Christians we are called to be a light in a dark world, which often means being countercultural. But somehow we must learn to do it with love.
We are called to a life of Love. Without love and remembering that we too were once sinners, we only throw stones when we should be opening our arms to love one another.
Yet speaking truth with love is risky. Some will hate us for it. Some will persecute us for it. Of that we can be certain. I have been inspired by reading about Paul’s life in the New Testament. He endured so much persecution but he continued to speak truth about the gospel of Christ with love.
This has been such a hard topic for me to articulate for a million different reasons. Most of all because I have friends who feel so deeply on each side of this particular chasm. And somewhere in the middle I stand trying to hear the voices on both sides yet listening hard after what God is saying to my heart.
So I thought I’d leave you with a few links to various articles and a video that come from people with much more authority, education and leadership than I have. Their insights into this difficult topic have resonated so much with what is in my heart this week.
I pray you will watch and read them for yourself. Even more than that, I pray you will open God’s word and let Him speak to your heart on this subject. Not the news. Not your friends. Not social media. Not even this blog post and the links.
Let Him speak truth to your heart.
Focus on the family had a beautiful response about hope and God’s love.
Russell Moore had an eye-opening response about why the church should not cave or panic about this issue. You can read it here.
Let’s seek the kingdom. Let’s stand with the gospel. Let’s fear our God. But let’s not fear our mission field. ~ R. Moore
Joel Rosenberg had some thoughts about the implications of this decision.
You can read his post here.
The Supreme Court decision must not lead Christians to violence or hatred or violence, but to brokenness before God, repentance & prayer.
— Joel C. Rosenberg (@JoelCRosenberg) June 26, 2015
My prayer is that we never stop loving. Never stop serving one another. And never stop seeking God’s truth in all that we do.
May we remember His grace is abundant. His love knows no bounds.
Oh that we would share that message and remember how He saved us because He first loved us.