In the Aftermath of the SCOTUS Ruling
Regis NicollRegis Nicoll's weblog
- 2015 Jun 27
Having crossed the gay “marriage” Rubicon, the question now becomes, what should Christians do? The answer is, doing what we should have been doing all along: making “disciples of all nations.”
The word, “nations,” signifies that our duty is more than proclaiming the good news of the kingdom to individuals; it includes applying kingdom principles in every dimension of human interest – arts, literature, government, science, marketplace, education – to redeem nations through the institutions and artifacts that make them and shape them.
And that starts with Christians modeling the sacramental essence of marriage and living lives of sexual purity. The failure of Christians to do so, while holding others to standards they don’t keep, is largely responsible for the loss of the Church’s moral authority and the growing acceptance of homosexualism.
Nothing in the past 2000 years, including the legalization of homosexual pseudotrimony, changes our call to be light in darkness and salt in a decaying culture. Whatever cultural conditions exist, whatever hostility we experience, we are to be martyrs (from the Greek word for “witnesses”) by profession and practice, even in the face of martyrdom -- not by lions in a state coliseum or by fire in a village square (though their modern versions can’t be ruled out), but by increased discrimination, marginalization, and persecution.
Are we prepared for that? Are we prepared to bear the cost of social shunning, unemployment, law suits, criminalization, or worse? Are churches prepared to forsake property, buildings, and professional staffs to remain faithful to its mission if tax exemptions are threatened, adversely impacting already low giving levels?
If the answer is no, depends, or we’re not sure, one thing we can be sure of, is the continued shrinking domain of religious liberty: from the public square, to the house of worship, to the family circle, to the temporal lobe, to the incredibly vanishing “God spot.”