It’s no coincidence that the Confederate Flag has come under attack only days before the historic LGBT ruling. The Confederate Flag is the emblem of State’s Rights. Yes, State’s Rights to own slaves, but we cannot ignore the States Rights issue any more than we can ignore the slavery issue. As a reader of American antiquarian books written by the Founding generation, I understand and have high regard for the proper balance of sovereignty of the States and the Federal Government. When the balance of power shifts to favor one at the detriment of the other we have a recipe for disaster.
While the celebrations, lamentations, and debates swirl around the recent Supreme Court decision, State’s Rights and consecutively citizen’s rights hang in the balance.
Why do I link the attack on the Confederate Flag to the LGBT movement?
I believe it is a prophetic sign to the real travesty at hand. It is a strategy of war for a combatant to remove the symbols of rebellion, promise, or liberty. We saw this when Rome sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple. We see this when ISIS destroys the historical artifacts in the cities they conquer. We saw this on 9/11 when Al Qaeda attacked the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.
I do not profess to know that the attack on the Confederate Flag is, in any way, part of the game plan of the LGBT activists, only that it is a sign worth paying attention to. I do not believe that it is naturally connected. Honestly, I think the LGBT movement is a pawn in a bigger war. While we devote our attention to them, we ignore the greater strategy of the enemy.
Texas has already made its stand, as it should. Regardless of a person’s politics about the freedom to marry the same sex, the real issue is that the Supreme Court does not have Constitutional authority to override the States in this manner. Justice Scalia has said as much in his dissenting opinion:
It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me. Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact— and the furthest extension one can even imagine—of the Court’s claimed power to create “liberties” that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention. This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.
The Civil War broke out because the Federal Government usurped the States in bringing an end to slavery. There is no question that enslaving any people group is a grave injustice. It mars and mocks that injustice to equate LGBT rights to the equality of race. One cannot equate a perversion of behavior to the identity of people. Nor are those who are practicing perverse behavior being enslaved, chained, and beaten. No rights were being usurped. LGBT wants to change the moral law of God, by changing the legal law of the land. The latter will never accomplish the former. Adultery is no longer prosecuted as a crime, but it remains as immoral as it was when it was punished by law. It will be no different for LGBT.
What are Christians to do?
Facebook is aflame with Christian reactions to the recent Supreme Court decision. The responses run the gamut of Christian perspectives and some decidedly not Christian responses. I will address a few of the prominent responses that keep hitting my news feed.
- Lamentation that God will now judge America.
I think one can only legitimately claim that God will judge America for this, if God has said that He will to you and said that He wants you to be the Jonah to urge people towards repentance. There may be people who have this call, but it’s important we do not try to operate under their mantel or we will harm rather than help their cause.
Moreover, Jesus commissioned His followers to disciple the nations. When we reap the consequences of our failure to do so, by the choices of a culture that does not know right from wrong, we are more responsible than they are. Jesus, on the cross, asked His Father to forgive them who did what they did not know what they were doing. Certainly the LGBT have a strategic plan for what they are doing, but they cannot see the truth for their darkness is acute.
Jonah did not want Nineveh to repent. Jesus does want America to follow His ways just as He does every nation. Our desire should be the same, to see God’s mercy and the restoration of America.
For God so loved the world, He gave his only Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
- Excitement that Jesus is coming back any moment now.
We seem to have gotten the idea that Jesus is coming back because of a dark world, rather than because of a prepared Bride. We know the world will grow dark before His coming, but we also know that there will be sheep nations and goat nations. We also know that the Gospel of the Kingdom will be preached first, not only the Gospel of Salvation. We also know that the wealth of the nations will be transferred to the righteous en masse. We also know that the nations will come to the brightness of the glory of God upon the Church. None of this has happened in a significant manner in which to suggest that that Jesus’ return is eminent. There is much work to be done. We are on the cusp of a Great Harvest, but there is much sowing still to do.
- Fear that the Church will be stripped of all its freedom and close its doors.
Fear is always the wrong response for the believer. Christianity will never die out. The Kingdom works in a war torn third world nation as much as it does anywhere else. Just because the conditions are getting darker does not hamper the Kingdom, even though it may enhance the contrast. There is no prognosis that is too difficult for the Church to overcome, for the Gates of Hell cannot prevail against the Church.
The Church may certainly shift and change, but real Christianity, the real Church will remain. Persecution is part and parcel of the Christian life; we ought not fear it or react unbecomingly in the face of it.
- Acceptance and celebration of the LGBT movement and their victory.
Christians should be the first to love the unlovable. But we fail to understand the basic substance of Christian love if we embrace the lies that keep people trapped in darkness. Love is neither tolerance nor offense.
Christians ought not to be celebrating gay marriage under any circumstances. We cannot confuse love for our friends and the lost with acceptance of a perverse lifestyle. Nor do we need to denounce their behavior to them. We simply need to love them.
The truth sets people free. But lies keep them bound. Love rejoices in the truth. You do not love someone when you agree with the lies that keep them bound. You are helping their bondage, not enabling their freedom
If Christians had loved the LGBT more perfectly, we may not be in this situation. I’m reminded of the scene in The Fellowship of the Ring when Frodo laments to Gandalf, “I wish none of this had happened.” Gandalf responds “So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time given us.”
Instead of casting blame on the myriad of sources we could legitimately place it, let us deal with where we are now and the role we have now to play. Where will we go from here? Do we want to be those who seal the lies over our friends’, loved ones’, and strangers’ identities? Or do we want to be those who, full of grace and truth, loved enough to set them free from those lies?
When we embrace darkness to love those in darkness we fall into it ourselves. The love for the truth is not in us and we are no help to those trapped in darkness. It is only when we are the light in the darkness that the darkness is dispelled. Love only wins when it is the love that sets you free to be who God made you, a whole man or woman.
Shouldn’t people be free to live the way they want?
It is important to distinguish the legal issue from the moral issue.
Moral Issue: No one is free when they are living outside of the way God created them to live and within the bounds of His truth. To believe otherwise is to believe a lie. Homosexuality is wrong just as adultery and fornication is wrong. It hurts the person struggling with the sin and everyone in relationship to that person. The Bible is clear that homosexuality is wrong and not of the Kingdom of God. Consequently, homosexual marriage is a furtherance of that sin and a greater yoke of bondage.
This does not mean that we prevent people from all the sins they could commit against God. Christians are not moral police. We are not here to enforce the law, but to preach Jesus. It is the Holy Spirit that convicts people of their sin.
Political/Legal Issue: Should the government of a nation have the power to redefine marriage? No. Should the government of a nation be so intertwined in the life of the people as to prosecute the offenders? This can be debated and Christians can fall on either side of this issue. It is a different issue as to whether something is right or wrong. Remember, adultery is no longer prosecuted, nor is fornication, but both are sins against God.
Should the Supreme Court act outside of its judicial authority and usurp the powers of the legislative branch as Justice Scalia has eloquently accused? No. This can undermine the entire stability of a nation for the cause of a very small minority regardless of the legitimacy of the cause. We cannot promote any branch of government to usurp its proper Constitutional role no matter the cause.
Lastly, laws do not correct lawlessness. Jesus and the preaching of His Kingdom can change the hearts of people and thus change the culture. Much discipleship is needed. We need to teach everything that He taught to all who will listen and learn. We need to make disciples of all nations.
There is a great deal more that could be said about all of the above and the present issues at hand, but I hope this helps provide a starting place for a healthy response. I welcome your thoughts in the comments either below or on social media. This article is intended for a Christian readership, and in no way directed to any other group.
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