As I am sure many of you are reacting to the decisions that came down from SCOTUS recently, I couldn’t help but share some thoughts of my own in terms of what we do about it now.
I’m sure the tendency for most of us is the same…to go negative and opine about moral decline, etc. My wife Theresa Brockett Grote bought a book this week that she said she probably won’t read through because the author only talks about the state of the church in negative terms. While it may be true in places, he’s apparently too focused on the secularization of the church when we know God is much bigger than any of those things. Let me ask you this about the state of America. Are we really fooling ourselves into thinking that life in Jesus’ day, under massive Roman oppression was any better? Do you think these things are new? And have you noticed that Jesus didn’t make one comment about the laws in his day? He spent far more time talking about those who wanted to exercise God’s law then he did about Roman laws. He didn’t rail against Caesar, or canvas the neighborhoods, or mount an uprising, or organize a boycott. He railed about the state of the church! And I’m not saying that there isn’t a place for democracy, but I am saying we spend far too much time focused on the problems than we are on God’s solutions. Jesus didn’t even mention laws though there had to be many he didn’t agree with. So now you have this in common with him. Do you think we’re so unique? Think again. Jesus knew that God was infinitely bigger than any of those laws or leaders and as a result, he wasn’t even phased by it. His source wasn’t government or leaders. Does that mean we just ignore it? No. But keep in mind that His thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are our ways His ways (Is. 55:8). So look to Jesus and where he put his eyes.
The Jews in his day were looking for a King to deliver them from Roman occupation. He wasn’t the person in the way they hoped he would be. By contrast, today, Christians are looking to lawmakers and judges to deliver them from laws they find contemptible and are left depressed and shattered because they don’t see the outcomes they want. This is because our eyes are in the wrong places. No doubt God does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but he is not surprised by any of this. So why are we?
The solutions calls for us to be praying and looking for ways to invade darkness with God’s love and light. This is not the time for orthodox surreptitiousness or judgment. We need world changers, people who know they carry the authority, power and love of God to lead men to repentance though His love, not judgment, not policies and definitely not solely with reason. It’s easy to judge, but loving and acting in the opposite spirit is hard. Are you going to respond to this situation like the man on the news shouting to repent because we crucify Jesus all over again because of this ruling? Do you think that works? Or would you rather help invade darkness with light and be a warrior for God who carries so much of his love you don’t have to worry about setting up flowers at a gay wedding. You know that there are other ways to war in the spirit without wagging war on people. We change the atmosphere in these places and events. We are the ones with Holy Spirit and God’s love. We do not need to act like sin or evil will get on us like some disease, because we are His people empowered and carriers of his holy presence.
God did not chose us to be here for such a time as this just so that we would judge and rail about what is wrong with America. He chose us so we would bring forth his love, grace and mercy as true representatives of the Kingdom of God when things are broken, not when they are working. Are you ready for that too or do we need to leave you behind in the pew. The choice is yours.