The country was on pins and needles in anticipation of the SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage. Not me. If I were a gambling woman, I would have cleaned house. I read the arguments and the case for same-sex marriage seemed solid. I dare say, even constitutional to my non-legal mind. I was not surprised at all that the supreme judicial body of the land leaned in favor of it.
But when I saw the White House aglow in rainbow colors, I was speechless. Utterly speeches. Inexplicably grieved. I did not see that coming. Half of the world was taking selfies in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, while the other half was singing Amazing Grace in Charleston, South Carolina with the POTUS. The split screen events contradicted each other.
The Church seemed uncomfortably silent. I was prepared to be silent, too. I was prepared to say, “I told you so” when the decision came and finish my grocery shopping. But something about the vibrant yellow, orange and red colors ablaze on the White House brought me to my knees. The operative word being “ablaze”.
Like you, I have college friends and even family members who identify as gay. These are people with whom I love; who bring laughter to my space. And in our interactions I try to demonstrate the love of Christ by loving them right where they are. I try to set the stage for God to do His work in their hearts without Him having to worry about me presenting a split screen to His efforts.
But I’m thinking that’s not enough. If I saw my neighbor’s house on fire, would I not scream for help? Would I not plead for them to get out before they die? Many of us are making small talk while our neighbor’s house is burning to the ground.
I agree with my brothers and sisters that identify as gay. Homosexuality is not a life style. I. Agree. Fully. Rather, homosexuality is a spirit; a deceptive spirit. A spirit that attempts to separate the children from their heavenly Father by lying to them about who they are. In God’s eyes, no sin is greater than a another. But what makes this so formidable, is that it’s hard to break. It’s hard to divorce an identity that you have embraced, to divorce yourself. It’s hard to walk away from your community or the support system that has validated you, helped make sense of confusing feelings. Most reasonable, non-narcisstic people agree that stealing is wrong; comitting adultery is wrong; murder is wrong. The deception with the false identity of homosexuality is that if it’s love, if it looks like love, it can’t be wrong. Because God is love, right?
How many of you have ever loved the wrong person?
Unlike me, God was not taken by surprise. The Omniscient One was not rendered speechless when the symbol of American democracy and power decided to repurpose His promise to Noah (Genesis 9:12-17). He’s been here before. And as He turned Israel of the bible over to her enemies for turning her back on Him and departing from His truths– in the same way, He will judge this nation.
Actually, I believe the sovereign Father has and is judging the land. Earthquakes. Mass Murders. Train Derailments. Debtors to China, a country where proclaiming the name of Jesus will get you arrested. I sense there is much worse to come.
I am reminded of Samuel’s warning to the people of Israel when they insisted on having a king to reign over them, rather than the God who brought them out of Egypt. I believe it’s a timeless word for us, a warning for us.
1 SAMUEL 12:14-15; 22-25, AMP, emphasis added
14 If you will revere and fear the Lord and serve Him and hearken to His voice and not rebel against His commandment, and if both you and your king will follow the Lord your God, it will be good!
15 But if you will not hearken to the Lord’s voice, but rebel against His commandment, then the hand of the Lord will be against you, as it was against your fathers.
22 The Lord will not forsake His people for His great name’s sake, for it has pleased Him to make you a people for Himself.
23 Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you; but I will instruct you in the good and right way.
24 Only fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; for consider how great are the things He has done for you.
25 But if you still do wickedly, both you and your king shall be swept away.
Yes church, pray. But when you see a burning house, put your love into action and plead.
SCRIPTURES REFERENCED ABOVE
Genesis 9:12-17. MSG, God continued, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and everything living around you and everyone living after you. I’m putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant between me and the Earth. From now on, when I form a cloud over the Earth and the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll remember my covenant between me and you and everything living, that never again will floodwaters destroy all life. When the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll see it and remember the eternal covenant between God and everything living, every last living creature on Earth.” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I’ve set up between me and everything living on the Earth.”