Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them. But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God. (Psalm 146:3-5)
Relate: On a Friday a little more than one year back, five unelected officials overturned with finality thirty-one different state’s constitutional amendments in a highly controversial ruling that same sex marriage is a right guaranteed under the fourteenth amendment to the US Constitution. Each of the dissenting judges wrote opinions to this decision. One of them wrote:
A system of government that makes the People subordinate to a committee of nine unelected lawyers does not deserve to be called a democracy.
The strikingly unrepresentative character of the body voting on today’s social upheaval would be irrelevant if they were functioning as judges, answering the legal question whether the American people had ever ratified a constitutional provision that was understood to proscribe the traditional definition of marriage. But of course the Justices in today’s majority are not voting on that basis; they say they are not. And to allow the policy question of same-sex marriage to be considered and resolved by a select, patrician, highly unrepresentative panel of nine is to violate a principle even more fundamental than no taxation without representation: no social transformation without representation.
He continues later on:
But what really astounds is the hubris reflected in today’s judicial Putsch. The five Justices who compose today’s majority are entirely comfortable concluding that every State violated the Constitution for all of the 135 years between the Fourteenth Amendment’s ratification and Massachusetts’ permitting of same-sex marriages in 2003.
React: One of the things I have heard said over and over again by those rejoicing in this decision is that love has won. From the start, the greatest victory for gay rights activists has been the way they have managed to couch the entire language of the debate. Anyone who does not agree with them is an archaic bigot who stands in opposition to love. But what does love have to do with it? Right in the middle of the single greatest definition of love ever, we read:
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth.
Here is truth. The act of homosexuality is sin. So is lust and adultery and lying and a host of other things, yes. But sin is sin. I cannot rejoice in the fact that the most powerful nation currently on our planet has just made one particular sin that much easier and legally protected. That said, this isn’t the first time major powers have condoned or endorsed evil in one form or another. I am sure it will not be the last. Immediately following these words on love, the apostle continues:
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.
This decision is not the end of the world. Lets be honest, people who are going to sin are going to sin whether or not they have a legal right to do so. This decision doesn’t even begin to compare to the horrifically evil decision of the past in Roe V Wade or the immensely good ruling of Brown v Board of Education that it has been compared to. Honestly, based on the winds of legal decisions and public opinion over the past couple decades, I can say it was almost inevitable. The “tares” have been growing in this field for a while. My job as “wheat” is to do my best to grow right alongside it. Ultimately, it is not a few black robed individuals who have the ultimate authority as Judge. There is a higher court and in His perfect timing, He will separate the tares from the wheat.
God, You are in control. My confidence, my hope, my trust, is not found in the decisions, right or wrong made by any executive or judicial body. It isn’t in government decisions or court rulings be they good or bad. My confidence is in You. My trust is in You. My hope is that in its time, You will make all things right. Maranatha, Lord. Come quickly. But until You do, let me be a representative to Your world of what true love is all about. Yes, love wins because, You are love.