As of today, gay marriage is legal in all 50 states. For some, this moment brings tears of joy and others are hitting a rock of confusion. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, let it be known that today was not the day that love won.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, please do not find yourself swimming the line between condemnation and confusion. It is completely understandable to have your beliefs and opinions scattered and confused. However, as followers of Jesus, let us not forget our role in society, as given to us from Jesus himself: “Love one another” (John 13:35).
Love only the straight people? No.
Love only the white people? No.
Love only the conservative people? No.
Love only the southern people? No.
Love only the married people? No.
Love only the educated people? No.
Love only the wealthy people? No.
Love only the beautiful people? No.
Love only the honest people? No.
Love only the funny people? No.
Love all the people? Yes.
Love everyone. E v e r y o n e.
Love the people of different sexualities.
Love the people of different races.
Love the people of different political parties.
Love the people of different backgrounds.
Love the people in different life stages.
Love the people with different values.
Love the people without homes.
Love the people without jobs.
Love the people without a degree.
Love the people that lie.
Love the people that spew hate.
Love the people that gossip.
Love the people that sin.
Because we are all sinners (Romans 3:23), and we are all under the same grace (Ephesians 1:7).
Just as a friendly reminder, all sin, whether that’s lying, deceiving, gossip, hatred, homosexuality, and even murder, is equal in the eyes of God (James 2:10-11). I hope is illustration helps.
A few things to remember today and everyday:
- Nothing surprises God
God is omniscient. His will is infinite, whole, and sovereign. He knows what is going to happen in our lives before we do! (Psalm 139). So as believers, we are foolish to think that the legalization of gay marriage is outside the realm of God or that God is no longer in control. Because He knows everything, we can rest in him.
“Do you understand how the clouds float, those wonderful works of Him who has perfect knowledge? “ Job 37:16
“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit.” Psalm 147:5
- God loves all people the same
This means you “perfect” Christian. This means you believer with doubt. This means you gay man or woman. This means you nonbeliever. God loves all His children the same, therefore we too should love everyone the same because “God is love,” (1 John 4:8).
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” 1 John 4:10
“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Proverbs 86:15
- God has a way to make all things work together for His good
The depiction of love in this country no longer has limits based on gender. While this movement may be compromising to our beliefs, isn’t this, to a certain extent, what Jesus called us to do? Love our brothers and sisters limitlessly, unconditionally, and unendingly (John 13:34 & 1 John 4:21) So, let’s take this opportunity to continue to show and extend the love of Christ out to all people.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” Psalm 34:8
“You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” Psalm 119:68
- Lastly, “5 Things Jesus Would Say to the Gay Community.”
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Jesus walked this Earth as man and defeated sin by living a perfect and holy life. His purpose was to bear the punishment for all of our sins. “Jesus came to pay a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay.” He was mocked, beaten, flogged, and eventually crucified for us. He gave his life for us. He died for us.
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
Jesus’ sacrifice for our lives depicts the beautiful and perfect image of love. It’s only because of Jesus we know how to love (1 Corinthians 13:4-8). Therefore, today is not the day that love won. Love won on the cross with Jesus’ crucified body. As a nation, let’s celebrate that day even more than we celebrate today. I pray each and every one of you know how much you are loved.
“The Supreme Court can do many things, but the Supreme Court cannot get Jesus back in that tomb. Jesus of Nazareth is still alive. He is still calling the universe toward his kingdom,” (Moore, Washington Post). Hold strong to the word of God and live your life in a manner that is worthy of the Gospel of Christ (Philippians 1:27). Choose Jesus, friends.
I leave you with a few more versus of scripture to meditate and reflect on:
“Instead, speak the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” Ephesians 4:15
“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrew 12:14
“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” Proverbs 10:12