This past week, the United States Supreme Court began hearing arguments regarding the legalization of same-sex marriages in all fifty states. A ruling from the court is expected sometime in June.
There are many significant implications which will flow from the court’s decision, and many sober things for God’s people to consider. Among these, we could be witnessing the rapid erosion of religious liberty in our country. This could certainly lead to more overt and intense persecution against Christians. We ought not be surprised if such is the case, for God tells us that, “…all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…” (2 Tim. 3:12).
Whatever may unfold in our culture, we know that as Christians we’re to be prepared to “…make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…” (1 Pet. 3:15). Just last Sunday, while I was still in Haiti, a Canadian unbeliever I had occasion to meet asked me, “is your church welcoming of gays and lesbians?” Now there’s a conversation starter! I’ve no doubt all of us will receive more and more such questions.
These are matters we need to talk and pray about more in days ahead. For now, I encourage you to read a couple of recent articles that provide some insight and perspective.
- First, Dr. Albert Mohler helpfully analyzes what’s really at stake with this Supreme Court decision in his article It’s Going to be an Issue.
- Second, Pastor Richard Phillips considers, Will the American Church be a New Smyrna?
Beloved, the Lord Jesus promised that “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (Jn. 16:33) May we live joyfully, confidently, and soberly in this great eternal hope, eagerly telling others how they can know this hope as well.
Looking forward to being with you this Lord’s day, as He wills!