Love, Wilder

Worse than Golf-ball Sized Hail!

“The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord ridicules them. Then he speaks to them in His anger and terrifies them in His wrath.” Psalm 2:4-5 HCSB.

Our nation’s highest court, one which garners no authority whatsoever in God’s eyes, made a 5-4 decision to redefine marriage. Understand that their action addresses far more than simply the terms by which we define the holy relation between a man and a woman. More than just accommodating tax benefits or equal opportunity under the law, our elected justices have defined as right that which God has said is wrong. Justice Alito even stated, “Today’s decision usurps the constitutional right of the people to decide whether to keep or alter the traditional understanding of marriage…” We can no more alter God’s definition of marriage any more than we can make murder ok or change God’s sovereign character.

I don’t want history to repeat itself. In Genesis 18 and 19 we see God’s justifiable response to rampant sinful behavior as He rained down burning sulfur from heaven destroying every person, animal, and all vegetation…and I thought golf-ball-sized hail was bad! Our only safe response is repentance (based upon the Holy Spirit-led gift of conviction), seeking forgiveness, and getting our lives right with God.

So how do we respond as His church? Understand the inevitability of God’s judgment on those who sin against Him (you, me, SC Justices, everyone). Our job is to pray for and love the sinner regardless of the sin. There is nothing as beautiful as a life redeemed by Christ! At the same time, we must stand on God’s Word with loving discipline. Scripture clearly defines homosexual behavior as no different as any other sin. So we preach the truth, raise our families in the fear and admonition of the Lord, and praise God for the persecution we receive…no matter how big the hail.