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WOL Newsletter 148: Independence Day
July 5, 2015
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Edited by Stacie Thomas
Oh my, would I love to interject my so-called political views right now! I will try my hardest to refrain from doing so. (Though, I’d love get together with anyone to discuss further, over a cup of coffee).
As an American, I am angry. I’m angry that judges who weren’t elected by ‘the people’, made a law that they aren’t legally allowed to do. (Executive and Legislative branches make laws- not Judicial) Judicial branch (Supreme Court) interprets existing laws. So what did they interpret? Apparently the meaning of the word ‘marriage’. (Am I the only one remembering the hoopla over the interpretation of what the word ‘is’ is?) America is the 21st country to legalize gay marriage (mostly European countries). Justice Antonin Scalia called the ruling a “threat to American democracy… what really astounds [me] is the hubris reflected in today’s judicial Putsch.” Chief Justice John Roberts said that if ‘you’ were in favor of the ruling, “celebrate…today’s decision…the achievement of a desired goal…the opportunity for a new explanation of commitment to a partner…the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.” Justice Clarence Thomas said "This distortion of our Constitution not only ignores the text, it inverts the relationship between the individual and the state in our Republic. I cannot agree with it." Justice Samuel Alito stated: "Even enthusiastic supporters of same-sex marriage should worry about the scope of the power that today's majority claims…Today's decision shows that decades of attempts to restrain this Court's abuse of its authority have failed. Forgive my naivety, but if these four (in essence half) of the Judicial branch question the authority they had to make this ruling, how are not more of the people (Christians and non-Christians alike) balking at the decision? Are we really ignorant enough to think this is the majority decision? Prior to this ruling, 37 states had legalized gay marriage (yep- 37 is the majority of 50 states—however…) only 8 are by legislative power, 3 by popular vote and 26 by court order. Does that sound like majority now? 3 states decided by the vote of its people. 3. Never mind that the democracy this nation represents is being overrun by a bunch of entitlement seeking, fairness indoctrinating (everybody is a winner) mentality; otherwise known as communism. (Ask the Chinese citizens how well that’s working for them).
As a Christian, I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed that we have become so complacent with the freedoms we’ve received through the years, we’ve lost more ground. I’m disappointed with the reactions of my fellow brothers over this issue. (Threatening to move to Canada?!?! Hello- they have same-sex marriages, too, eh). I’m disappointed that our apathy continues to drive us and our nation down the wicked path we’re on. I blame myself. And you. What are we doing to help spread the Love of Jesus? Are we taking time to see other people and show them love? Or are we too busy with our stuff to notice them? Doug has preached for months on becoming radical for Jesus. Why is Christianity the only religion that just doesn’t give a flip about its religion anymore? Because we’re lazy. Why are there so many disagreements within our denominations over our beliefs? Because we’re lazy. We can’t agree on what the Bible says because we don’t take the time to read it and fully study it. 77% of Americans think the nation’s morality is headed downhill; yet only 1 in 5 people admit they read the Bible regularly (4x/week). The number one reason Pastors think people don’t read the Bible? Because we’re lazy/lack motivation. However we claim it’s because we don’t have time, it’s too hard to understand, it doesn’t pertain to us… the list goes on. No wonder our nation, and our ‘religion’ is a mess! This nation was founded on Christianity beliefs—but how can it uphold said beliefs when nobody knows what those beliefs are anymore?
Let’s be honest. This ruling is no different than legalizing abortion, gambling, or divorce. We were all up in arms at the moral decay from those laws…and we continued. Maybe if we fought a little harder then, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now. It comes down to what are you going to do about it? Are you going to grumble and spew hateful comments and posts about how immoral our nation is, casting judgment on those that don’t share our beliefs? Are you going to continue with your daily life, because there’s ‘nothing’ “We the people” can do about it anyway? Or are you going to finally get off your rear and do something? How about becoming radical for Jesus?
This issue isn’t about equal rights or marriage. (You want to dive into our Constitution and laws- marriage originated and was legalized to enforce men being responsible for their children.) (And regardless of what our government says, marriage has not been redefined for us Christians)…The heart of the issue is love. We can all agree on that. But if love is to truly win, we need to learn how to love. Because they don’t know the definition of love until they know Jesus. And we can’t teach them about His Love, until we encompass it ourselves. We have no one to blame but ourselves for the mess this nation is in. Question is—what are we going to do about it?
 

Independence Day

What are we, as Christians, to make of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage? We must get a Biblical perspective, or we’ll get lost in opinions and laws of society.

As Americans, we must understand the Constitutional issue at hand. This has not been a new topic. After much debate and people representation over the years, 31 states affirmed marriage as the union of one man and one woman in their constitutions. Yet five (appointed, not people elected) judges voted against millions of America, removing the ability of us to impact the democratic process and imposing their will on all Americans. (The freedom to have a voice on governing ourselves in major social issues has been seriously jeopardized).

As Christians, are we correct in standing against this ruling? The answer must begin and end with Scriptures. (Understand that Paul wrote during a period of time in Rome that homosexuality was accepted and common in society- similar to our society today). Romans 1:24-28. Nowhere does Scripture hint at approval of homosexual relationships. Yet, many Christians justify blending beliefs contradictory to Scriptures. 2 Peter 1:21-2:2. They claim that Scriptures are not inerrant, but simply man’s attempt to describe God in his own imperfect ways, therefore they see Scriptures as in need of change or adjustment with our progressive wisdom. They also claim that God’s Word was written to impress an idea to tat day and age, and should be interpreted differently for each culture and time in which they are applied. (Essentially meaning that the Word changes its meaning entirely within each culture, as long as the overall tone and purpose is rooted in their interpretation of love). But there is no Scriptural basis for these ideas. (Why believe in a god based on flawed and changing writings (unsure of what is flawed)?)

As Christians, how do we side with love and stand against homosexuality? We’ve all fought with sins and temptations. We must love and accept the person sinning, but not accept and encourage the sin. Homosexuality is proven to have higher rates of depression, anxiety, alcohol/drug use, suicide; higher average of sexual partners in a lifetime; higher levels of disease; shorter life spans than the rest of the population (due to disease, substance abuse and depression). We’re showing more love, and proving God’s wisdom above men, by wanting to help the homosexual find a better lifestyle.

As Christian Americans, how do we look to God? Homosexuality is just one of the many ways we have left God as a people. God has turned us over to our own evil thoughts to take us where they will take us: Romans 1:28-32. This country has undergone massive, rapid, moral and spiritual change in just a few short months and years. At an unbelievable rate, we have left our love, conviction, and knowledge of Jesus Christ and Scriptures, embracing rampant sins, chaos, hate and rebellion. Isaiah 5:20.

As Christian Americans, we literally have to go against federal law to maintain our conservative Biblical beliefs. This Supreme Court ruling is not about treating people equally; it is a ruling to force acceptance of practices of individuals, against conscience and religious beliefs. It has nothing to do with equality and everything to do with suppression and persecution. How long before our unlawful views will require actions of civil disobedience to be maintained?

But this ruling is not about the political or legal changes and agenda in this Nation. Politics and laws don’t change or guide this Nation, people do. The real issue is the moral and spiritual condition of this Nation; where Christians have misunderstood and misconstrued Scriptures to the point of accepting what we see today as God’s Will. Christians have lived selfishly and apathetically as the world has fallen apart around them; blaming a world where many don’t even know about the real Jesus or His love. The incredible, rapid changes in our culture have more than prepared this country to embrace the Antichrist with all of his lies when he makes an appearance. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4. Our first step needs to be repentance of our own apathy and selfish living; we had a part in the moral decline of America. (Repentance meaning change and get involved with making a difference now). Our second step is to study and understand God’s Word better than ever. Investigate every claim and event in Scriptures so we aren’t those who are misguided by perverse teaching (because unfounded, unbiblical, godless twists of doctrine are out there everywhere). It’s not the world that sins without true knowledge of God’s Word that we should be angry with; it’s the self-proclaiming Christians who know His Word and still twist it to cover how they live for self instead of God. Hebrews 10:26-31. (We are also accountable to know so that we don’t misguide others). Our third step is to simply stand by God’s Word without wavering (once we understand it properly). Stand more than ever in complete love for all, especially those who persecute us the most; but choose to follow God. Recognize the drastic circumstances around us and understand they require action and commitment like no Christian has needed to show for centuries in this country. If you don’t see the need to put aside every weight in life now and act in your love for Christ, you can’t consider yourself a true believer of Christ.

This is not primarily actions for better laws or to resist government; but fearless actions to show our Jesus Christ that we love Him, aren’t ashamed of Him and love His people. 1 Peter 4:12-19

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