Obergefell v. Hodges and The Gospel
The internet is ablaze right now. Everyone is weighing in on the SCOTUS’s ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges. Some are responding in joyous celebration. Others are saddened, but unphased. While another group is proclaiming gloom and doom. But what does the Gospel have to say about it?
God created man (and women) in his image. Everyone who is a human being is made in God’s image. Each of us is born with an essential nature that reflects a portion of who God is; both the Christian and non-believer (including the homosexual). Therefore, each individual needs to be treated with love and respect.
But man has rebelled. Man has pumped their first in the air and said, “I’m not going to listen to you, if you’re even there!” We have become God’s enemy. Not just the homosexual, but you as well; yes YOU! So, while homosexuality is a sin, you too have sinned. And before you begin to perform surgery on that splinter in your neighbors eye, please make sure you’ve removed the log in your own eye.
I’m in desperate need of saving. Not just that one time when I accepted Christ, but every day. There are times I look at a beautiful woman and commit adultery in my heart. There are times I grow angry enough that I should be considered guilty of murder. I’m in desperate need. And so are you; yes YOU!
God knew this even from the beginning. While his permissive will allowed us to choose to rebel, it was not his declaritive will. He did not want us to disassociate ourselves from him, but rather than do nothing while we turned our backs on him, He stepped down from his throne where he was worshipped by angels and had an infinite power at his disposal, and became vulnerable. He entered into our world and despite the darkness and sin, he took on flesh that he might die a gruesome death and restore us to him.
Dear Christian, if you know of someone in any sin, whether it’s homosexuality or adultery, are you willing to die to bring them into a restored relationship with God? If not, you’re not fully embracing your role as an ambassador of Christ. Dear sinner, do you know anyone who will love you this much? If not, I’d love to introduce you to someone who does!
Know that today is a day to rejoice! Don’t let the news cause you to forget that Christ didn’t stay in the tomb! HE IS ALIVE! Truth couldn’t be held down! If you follow Christ, you already know who wins!
If you are celebrating the decision of the SCOTUS in Obergefell v. Hodges, know there is a better reason to rejoice! Forgiveness of our sins is ours for the taking! No matter your response to the Obergefell v. Hodges case, all your joy can multiply exponentially if you begin to embrace the hope already given!