What Does Love Have To Do With It

Supreme Court Ruling

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)

Read: 2 Kings 13:1 – 14:29, Acts 18:23 – 19:12, Psalm 146:1-10, Proverbs 18:2-3

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.

Respond:

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.

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45 thoughts on “What Does Love Have To Do With It

  1. Our covenant with God has been broken and the walls of America have been breached. Truth is truth and God Almighty is that truth. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. BJ, our hope must always be in the Lord. He always is in control and always knows what is happening.
    As Christians, I pray we come together, and do a better job of getting to know individuals, rather than condemning an entire group of people. As we form relationships, perhaps we can better offer the outstretched hand of Jesus in the spirit of love and truth without condemnation, as he did.

    Thank you as always for your honesty.

  3. BJ thanks for your willingness to proclaim truth. Our country, founded on principles more biblically based than humanistic, has made it too easy to let the decisions of a few determine what is right. We’ve abdicated our freedoms by allowing government to decide the way we live our lives. What’s right and what’s unacceptable. The reality is this makes us no different from most other countries of the world who complain about oppressive governments. But God is sovereign–and therein lies our hope. Thanks for being willing to speak up about this.

  4. It is not the place of the United States government to decide what is a sin or not, or to enforce any laws based upon any one or more religious view of those sins. It is, however, the place of the government to decide whether there are any violations of human rights being condoned by the nation, or any of it’s individual states. Preventing some consenting adults from marital privaleges is a violation of human rights. The Supreme Court did nothing more than to prevent any further violation of those rights by the states.

    You are free to practice the religion of your choice; you are not free to demand that the government force your religious beliefs upon others.

    • All decisions, such as the one made by SCOTUS, as well as all laws pertaining to issues of marriage and family (and more) are morally-ethically based. Period. The only question is: Upon what moral foundation did SCOTUS stand when rendering its decision? Certainly those in favor of legalizing homosexual marriage viewed the issue as one of morality and ethics … so did those who were opposed. This having been said, it is merely an historic fact that, generally speaking, the legal corpus and juridical system of the United States was (past tense) based upon and guided by a Judeo-Christian worldview. This is no longer true, yet this does not mean there is no longer any moral-ethical foundation… The old is merely crumbling and being swept aside; in its place is ever-deepening, more pervasive hedonism.

  5. Reblogged this on The Fruitful Life and commented:
    Signed in to reblog this on my own site and disappointed to see the rainbow header on WordPress. I do not appreciate this free blogger site speaking for me.
    This post, however, says some things I have been thinking through for the last couple days. I may step on toes, but I also want to make it clear that I don’t avoid LGBT people. I don’t hate them. I’ve tried to think about what I would write IF I wrote and Beejai has done it so well, I will share his words today.

  6. Beejai,
    Thank you for speaking for those who practice common sense. In time many return to their (common) senses.

    The women behind Roe in Roe vs. Wade, (Norma McCorvey), once worked in an abortion clinic, now is dedicating to stopping abortion. And Galileo a year before his death, in a letter to a colleague, recanted his support of the Copernican Theory, returning to the Catholic Church.

    As G.K. Chesterton says: “Just because someone has a right to do a thing, does not mean they are right in doing it.”
    -Alan

    • When God judges America (not if), it will be because of our arrogance, apathy, and the way we have failed to care for the poor, the outcast, the voiceless, and the marginalized. This SCOTUS decision was merely a minor symptom of a much greater disease

      • I will agree fully with what you have just said, for in my moment of illness and poor I reach out to the church in hopes they would help me. However they said “the government should help you, not us”. I felt betray for if the church does not care for the weak and voiceless, then who do they care for? The rich and, to what good is that?

  7. Well said. I too also reblogged it.

    We can choose to look at this as a tragedy that the churches cannot overcome or we can choose to see it for what it is — our wakeup call to stop being complacent about sexual immorality in the churches. What is the divorce and remarriage rate among American Christians? How many of our kids are having sex outside of marriage? Why aren’t churches making an effort to identify these problems and discipline sinners in our own ranks? Until the churches repent of our own sexual immorality, we really are trying to point out a speck in the world’s eye when there is a plank in our own.

    When the churches repent and return to God, we will have something worthwhile to say to the world. Until then, we’ll see more defeats in more areas, which will leave individual believers and individual congregations stuck testifying to why they are holding a line in this one last foxhole when their co-religionists have joined the enemy in all the others.

  8. I appreciated the realistic tone. This is not the end of the world. We (the church) ought to be much more concerned about our own lives first rather than the legislated morals of the country. People have already said it here; unless we stand for something worth while, we really have nothing to say on this subject.

  9. I am so glad you wrote this and hit a great amount of readers. So many will not speak the truth now that it reminds me often that they will trample the word in the street. And I loved the fact that you responded with a not if God judges but when, and we have to be that voice crying in this dreaded wilderness. God Bless you.

  10. A wake up call for us believers. Ultimately, our obedience is to Him who called us and separates us from the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of His marvellous son

  11. I pray that we can all navigate the waters after this ruling by the Supreme Court. May truth prevail and Christ give us strength and courage to keep walking on His path each and every day no matter how difficult it might become.

  12. You hit the nail on the head with this post. I had a gut feeling that there was something I was not seeing…and you said it. Legally sanctioned sin. I think that’s the first time I’ve seen that. Pastors will be going to jail for this, too.

  13. In my viewpoint, Lord the father gave the world two sexes. Male and female, without the two there is no reproduction. As with asexual reproductivity, it takes sythentic life to produce. Sexuality is and will always be an individual free will.

  14. The one thing the government has the right to do outside of religious belief is look at scientific data on what effects our socirty as a whole and homosexuals carry 67 percent of thee HIV virus in its community, its easy to find on the CDC. So as a governmwnts obligation to its people they have the right to show the facts and that delaying gratification in certain groups, or plain old stop encouraging deviant behavior, will slow the epidemic of stds that is being hidden in our country. Data based. We are at an all time of std infection, pedophilia and incest. The job of the government, religion aside, is to ensure a future for its people. Hillary Clinton takes money to fund her campaign from Islamic Extremeist, who kill homosexuals by law in their own countries. Great rear.

  15. I have heard it said that the SCOTUS decision was God’s judgement against the church for their tolerance of heterosexual adultery.

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