Friends in Christ,
By now you have heard of the decision of the US Supreme Court rendered on Friday June 26 making same-sex marriage the law of the land in all 50 states. To hear this news for those of us who have been paying attention to the culture was not a great shock, more of a confirmation. The United States is headed down the path of Europe abandoning the Christian ethic and worldview that are so integral to our democracy. In the upcoming months, we will continue to see a culture and a government live into this new reality.
How then are we to live as Biblical Christians in an increasingly secular age?
1. Uphold the truth – Marriage is not a creation or a construct of the state. Marriage is “from the beginning” and established by God for human flourishing. God decides who gets married. It is our calling to charitably point to this truth in an unyielding way. There is much to be said here for a deeper apologetic concerning the procreative function of marriage and the protection of children. We must each learn to “give a reason for the hope that is within us.”
2. Suffer gracefully – Because of this decision and the shifting cultural landscape, people and churches who espouse the biblical view of marriage will be increasingly characterized as hateful, fearful, and on the wrong side of history. We are called to suffer gracefully as the challenges mount. Many Christians around the world suffer much more and the church is strengthened. Don’t dismay; God will use this season for his good.
3. Love confidently - Our calling, no matter what the culture decides, is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a hurting and broken world. We do so confidently because God’s word is “living and active” and never returns to Him void. We also take heart because God’s transforming love has no bounds. Our sexuality is broken by sin but capable of being redeemed. We stand on that truth and declare that the “love of God compels us because we are convinced that one died for all.” The world needs this message.
While I am away, much more will be written and the society will begin to live into the reality of the new law. I encourage you to read widely on this subject especially from solid Christian thinkers. I have attached several links to articles that I have found helpful. Above all, we at Good Shepherd must focus on the vision that God has given us here.
The best is yet to come,
Fr. Shay +