All week we’ve been reading the disastrous consequences of the Supreme Court’s decision forcing legalization of same-sex marriages on the states. Unfortunately, we’ve seen some fairly dire predictions. Some of these may come to pass and some may not.
We do know this is not good for children, families, or for a society.
Yet, I have hope. I have great hope.
First, God is still king. He was not taken by surprise by this decision. He is still on His throne.
Second, I am hopeful because of the work of the Holy Spirit. Who has the greater power–the Supreme Court of the United States or the Spirit of the living God? The books of Daniel and Revelation have a common theme: all earthly kingdoms will fail; God’s kingdom will reign forever. That sounds pretty hopeful to me.
Third, I have hope because I believe the church will stand for right and truth. Unfortunately, most of us have lived in a time of an impotent and ineffective church. Either the church will die or it will stand.
I have hope because I believe the church will stand. This will not be the case of every church. We will still be disappointed at the non-biblical teachings espoused by many people and churches. Most of those churches will continue their downward slide. Those who speak the truth in love and live in obedience to Christ will have opportunities to lead and to see people changed.
Fourth, I have hope because of the stark contrast between darkness and light. The light is brightest when the world is darkest. Right now the world is really dark. Christ and His truth will shine before our world.
Fifth, I’m hopeful because society has two choices. Either young families will get their children in a Bible believing church or their children will never hear of eternal values and righteousness. I’m hopeful because I believe that God has put within the hearts of many moms and dads the desire that their children be told the truth.
Finally, I am hopeful because of the promises of our unchanging God who has promised never to leave us nor to forsake us.
It is time for the church to stand. The church will stand when you stand. You must recommit yourself to biblical principles and total and unyielding commitment to Christ. You must look for every opportunity to give the reason for the hope that is in you. “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander” (1 Peter 3:15-16).
God revealed Himself in Christ. Christ is the only way. We must gently and respectfully share our hope with our family and friends.
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