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My Thoughts On The Supreme Court’s Decision

“The Lord is known by the judgment which He executeth: the wicked in the work of his own hands.The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God…” (Ps. 9:16,17)

Please read the message that follows in its entirety before formulating any opinions…

I normally will keep silent about current events until I have heard most of the “facts” about the situation. Why? There are two reasons: 1) My grandfather used always tell me, “Son, if you are not an eyewitness, then you are a false witness.”, and 2) My mind will never forget General Colin Powell being sent to the United Nations with a report about Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction, which later was revealed to be false and inaccurate. I remember Gen. Powell’s reaction upon learning that his intelligence was inaccurate. That will never leave my memory…but this is different…

Why did I choose to begin today’s thoughts with this? On yesterday, the United States Supreme Court rendered a landmark decision concerning same-sex marriages, which resulted in a monumental “victory” for those in the LGBTQ community. There was outrage from those who have taken an antithetical stand against the decision from both within religious communities and those outside of religious communities. Then, conversely, there was outrage from those within the LGBTQ community and their supporters based upon the fact that now they have the majority of the judiciary from the highest court in the land standing behind them.

Although yesterday’s decision dealt an enormous blow to the belief systems of the religious communities which subscribe to marriages being between a man and a woman, it did much more that. The decision rendered by the justices of the United States Supreme Court literally thumbed its nose at the Creator of the Universe and said, “It’s okay, God…or Whoever You are…we’ll take it from here…” This is seriously troubling as it sends the message that America does not need God any longer and His once needed protection, provision and guidance is being rejected openly.

America speaks openly with a forked-tongue. With one breath, its leaders are saying, “God bless America!,” but how can America expect God to bless her when she refuses to be governed by His Kingdom principles? America has “In God we trust” imprinted upon her currency, but yet she continues to take misguided steps without first consulting Him and asking for His guidance and direction. We cannot say that we seek God for His counsel when our decisions stand antithetically to His Word. GOD WILL NOT PROVIDE COUNSEL THAT IS INCONSISTENT WITH AND CONTRARY TO HIS WRITTEN WORD!

It is very understandable why the whole of Christianity is being labelled as being hateful. Although the intentions were good, some of the very vocal people HAVE spewed messages of hate. That is their decision. In my belief, they represent themselves. In my opinion, both sides have “cherry-picked” verses from the Bible to support their stance. Yes…the Bible does speak against a man lying with a man as with a woman. Yes…the Bible does say that God is love. But the Bible also says that God is holy and His holy eyes are unable to look upon evil. The Bible also says to love our neighbors as ourselves…both sides are absolutely correct in stating these. However, I believe the motives from which they quote these passages of Scripture are what are on the witness stand at present and are in question.

As followers of Christ, we would do well to take notice of his approach to situations. Christ ALWAYS accepted the person as they were without accepting their lifestyle. Does this mean that we are to be tolerant? That is not what I am saying because it would present a false representation of the Kingdom as it would appear to be straddling the fence when we know what the Bible says in no uncertain terms. But it does mean that we are to meet the person where they are and extend to them the same grace, mercy, love, and compassion that God has and still does extend to us daily. We do not have to move one step away from God’s Biblical and Kingdom principles. If the person chooses to reject the Word that has been presented in love, then they will be held accountable. If we have presented God’s message of love laced with venom, then we will be held accountable.

Having said all of that, I will now say this…I am not in support of same-sex marriages as it is inconsistent with what I believe to be God’s ordained structure for marriage: a man and a woman. I will not spread hate messages about the “alternative” lifestyle. I will continue to communicate the message of the Cross and God’s Kingdom to everyone in an equal manner. I choose to love the people who engage in the “alternative” lifestyle because that is what I believe God does. I do not believe that God is pleased with yesterday’s decision; however, God is the Ultimate Authority and Righteous Judge…not me…not you…not even the justices of the United States Supreme Court. God is well capable of speaking for Himself…when HE is ready to do so. We have to be careful about what we speak on His behalf…many times, it is not God Who has spoken…but what we have presumed to speak for Him…#‎thinkonthesethings‬

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11 Comments on My Thoughts On The Supreme Court’s Decision

  1. Well said, Sean. And your grandfather was/is a wise man.

  2. Very well said. Also, thanks for following my blog.

  3. I too will chime in with, “very well said!” There are many who are gay etc who get this, but the ones who are loud and hateful are just that, loud and hateful. It truly doesn’t matter to them what we think or how we live amongst others, they just want any reminder of God’s judgment gone. As for the laws of the secular nation that the US is, I think civil unions for these people where they have rights between themselves, would be OK. Marriage gives them the right to adopt, however, and I don’t think their rights should extend to other humans that don’t have a say in the matter and may be harmed by a social experiment.

    • The most important thing for us to remember is something what we are dealing with, and you have expressed it as well…the laws of the secular nation of the United States. We cannot expect those who hold a political office to subscribe to our way of living, regardless of how much many would like to believe that the US is the same country today that it was supposed to be in her infancy. Times have changed and so called liberties have been redefined. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood…

  4. I read your post on SCOTUS decision on SSM. I would like to share with you some information that the majority of Christian “leadership” apparently is not aware of. It’s obvious that they are not aware of it by their responses. In all honesty I was not aware of it either until approximately 4 years ago. In my private prayer time I kept hearing “Study the Greco-Roman culture.” At first my thinking was, “What in the world does that have to do with anything?” But every time one of these culture issues came up, abortion, recreational sex, drug and alcohol use, gay marriage and physician assisted suicide, I kept hearing “Study the Greco-Roman culture.” Like anyone else, if you knock at my door long enough, eventually I will get up and answer the door, just to get rid of the nuisance of the constant knocking. So that’s just what I did. And what I found out has changed my entire perspective on the future. I went from a place of fear and dread about the obviously increasing darkness, to a place of “Glory to God the future looks so bright I’ve got to wear shades.”

    Here’s what I found out. All of these issues that we as modern day Christians are so upset about are not new. These are the exact same things that were going on in the Greco-Roman culture that the church was born into and empowered to reach. Since it’s obvious that more believers are not aware of this I’m going to say it again, THESE ARE THE EXACT SAME THINGS THAT WERE GOING ON IN THE GRECO-ROMAN CULTURE THAT THE CHURCH WAS BORN INTO AND EMPOWERED TO REACH. Now if anyone doubts this, just “google” these terms:

    Abortion in Greco-Roman culture
    Sexuality in Greco-Roman culture
    Drugs and Alcohol in Greco-Roman culture
    Suicide in Greco-Roman culture
    History of same sex unions in Greco-Roman culture

    Now don’t think that you can just spend a few minutes and understand fully what was going on back then. You’re going to have to invest some time in studying it. But once you realize that this is the exact same culture that is becoming predominant in America and the rest of the world, you ought to get excited.

    Even the New Testament itself mentions the use of narcotic pain killers and recreational drug use. That might come as a surprise to many people. I know it came as a surprise to me. Here are some references that show how wide spread the use of narcotic pain killers was.

    Matthew 27:34 speaks of “sour wine mingled with gall” to drink. The word sour refers to the taste of the wine after it’s been mingled with gall, which was a bitter tasting substance made from opium. In Mark 15:23 it speaks of “wine mingled with myrrh” to drink. Myrrh was a narcotic pain killer made from opium. So in other words, they offered JESUS narcotic laced wine for the pain he was experiencing which was nothing compared to the pain He was going to experience. He refused.

    In Luke 23:36 JESUS is already on the cross and the soldiers mockingly offered Him “sour wine” which was the same concoction mentioned by Matthew. In John 19:29 it mentions, “a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine and it put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.” After JESUS tasted it He said the words, “It is finished.” And He did all this for us.

    Why did they have wine laced with a narcotic pain killer at the crucifixion? The answer should be fairly obvious. The crucifixion process is such an excruciating painful way to die that they would give substances to kill the pain to the accused. That’s something else that should change your perception of JESUS. We should study the crucifixion process and if it doesn’t change the way we think or conduct our lives, we should seriously question our relationship with JESUS. I know it changed us and it is still changing us.

    In other places in the New Testament such as Galatians 5:20 (witchcraft), Revelation 9:21 (sorceries), 18:23 (sorceries), 21:8 (sorcerers), and 22:15 (sorcerers) the Greek words in these scriptures all have a root word called pharmakeia which is where we get our English word pharmacy or pharmaceuticals. The idea behind this is recreational drug use.

    We must endeavor to approach people the same way JESUS and the first church did. There are several examples in the Gospels and the Book of Acts on how to do this. JESUS and the first church did not start telling people, “You need to straighten your life out and get right with God.” They did not try to impose their values on people who didn’t care about what they valued. They lifted up JESUS and then after JESUS gave them a new heart, aka born again, then those people WANTED to be well pleasing to JESUS. You can’t teach a dog how to live like a cat. It’s not in their nature. This is what the church has tried to do (and still trying to do) for generations now. Is it working? Are there more Christ-like people in our nation now than there was 50 years ago? The answer should be obvious. No. Why not? It’s simple. The American Evangelical, Pentecostal, and Charismatic ways of doing things are not working. If it was working we would have entire cities turning to JESUS like they did in the book of Acts. I know that those previous sentences probably offend people. That’s OK. You can be offended if you want. But at least be honest enough to admit that by and large what we’ve been doing is not working. You will notice I did say “we”. That includes me.

    I know this is fairly long for a comment section but I said all of that to say this. Is it dark? Yes. Is it going to get darker? Yes. But here is the good news, in Daniel 12:3 the angel says to Daniel, in regards to the times we are living in, “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.” JESUS said in Matthew 5:14 & 16 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Verse 16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works (actions) and glorify your Father in heaven.” And Paul said in Philippians 2:15 that we are supposed to “… in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,”

    Whether we want to face the truth or not, it is going to get darker. That’s just a fact. I think our mandate is clear. We are to shine, by doing the actions of the Father, thereby turning many to JESUS, the righteousness of God. It is only on a moonless dark night that you notice just how many stars there are in heaven. The darker it is the brighter the stars shine.

    With Love, Cincinnati Christian (www.cincinnatichristianblog.com or https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cincinnati-Christian-Blog/1427382847558371)

  5. Touché Sir, touché.

    We really loved your grandfather’s response in regards to “false witnesses”. It was very observant. It was one of those “ouch” moments. Sometimes we can learn more from an “ouch” moment than in a very long sermon.

    With love, Cincinnati Christian

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