This post will undoubtedly stir up some controversy but that’s something we as Christians are going to have to get used to I think. Let me start by saying this post is really not about whether you think homosexuality is Biblical or not. Though many will read this and think that’s the point, it’s really not. That being said, this post is based in my opinion that acting on homosexual thoughts is indeed against God’s will for our lives. Now for the real point…
Yesterday yet another court ruled that gay marriage is legal. This affected my state and now I find myself in occupied territory. I could see the signs coming. The last 20 years have been a steady move towards secularization and away from Judeo-Christian values. The last 10 years have been less of a steady move and more of a rushing tsunami! Yesterday was the day it really became crystal clear to me.
To my knowledge this is the first time in American history that something that is believed by the majority of Christians to be against God’s will has become openly celebrated in our society. To me this marks a crossing of a threshold. Christianity in America had always run parallel to the general population’s culture, if not fully a part of it. This is no longer the case. Traditional Christianity is now truly countercultural a place it’s never really been in America before.
We are diving into uncharted territory for most American Christians. We are now “strangers in a strange land.” Our opinions and beliefs will become more and more unpopular. We will be labeled hateful and bigoted. Our children will grow up in a country we never imagined and have to be stronger in their faith than ever before. It’s going to be hard. I think, harder than anything Christians in this country have ever endured.
I’m reminded of one of my favorite quotes from America’s founding. We must take up the armor of Christ and become Christian soldiers, not to bring thoughts of damnation but to bring the love and grace of Christ to a fallen world.
“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”