It has happened again! Another abomination in the eyes of the Lord has passed through the Supreme Court, allowing humans the legal right to marry whomever they wish. It also means that states that have not legalized gay marriages will have to recognize such marriages when these couples enter into those states. Why is it that man thinks when something is made legal within the statutes of the government then nothing is wrong with it? What we do in this world will not affect the justice that God will impart on that Final Day (II Corinthians 5:10; Hebrews 9:27; I Corinthians 6:9-11).
This time the courts ruled against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which simply allows them to redefine marriage. Since January 22, 1973, over fifty million unborn children have been murdered since the courts decided that abortion was a woman’s right. Since December 5, 1933, we have seen the devastation and destruction that alcohol has caused since Americans were given the legal right to drink such beverages. These are just a few matters that government rulings have legalized and that God’s Word has not authorized.
What should our reaction be as Christians to these abominable laws? After being locked in prison for preaching and teaching Jesus, and then leaving prison to teach and preach Jesus in the synagogues, Peter and the other apostles said, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). When man makes laws that are contrary to the commandments of God, then we must obey God over the laws of man! Many religious groups have twisted their beliefs to match what society says is morally and politically accurate. However, God’s word will never change to meet the likings of men (Mark 13:31; Revelation 22:18-19). The true church of Jesus Christ will not allow the ways of the world to influence how one lives and worships (John 17:17; II Timothy 1:13-14; Ephesians 5:26-27). The Bible is our all sufficient authority (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:3).
Mankind will continue to make laws that are based upon popular belief and opinion. But as Christians, we must not waiver in our commitment to the Lord (Galatians 2:20). Choosing to live life as a Christian has never been a popular decision. When we stand up for the authority of God, we will be hated (Matthew 10:22). Some will even state that we hate them because we stand opposed to their beliefs. Yet, they themselves are angered because their lives are in opposition to the Light and their evil deeds have been exposed (John 1:4-5, 9-10; John 14:6).
When Jesus dealt with the Pharisees on the matter of divorce, He made it clear that even though the Law of Moses permitted a certificate of divorce for any reason, “from the beginning it was not so” (Matthew 19:8). In fact, Jesus further explained that the only legitimate reason for one to divorce and remarry is when one’s spouse has committed adultery (the innocent party has the right to remarry – Matthew 19:9). God’s intentions for marriage have been overlooked by so many in today’s society. Just because the law permits for one to divorce his or her spouse does not make it lawful in the eyes of the Lord.
The Proverbs writer said it well. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 16:25). The problem that we face is that man loves his opinions more than he loves the will of God. The longer that man expresses his opinions, the more others will believe it, even if it is not correct.
Brethren, we have the most important responsibility in the entire world. We must keep proclaiming the truth of the Scriptures into this ever changing world (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16). God desires for “all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth” (I Timothy 2:4). We owe it to the world to proclaim the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27). Man thinks he has the capability to change lives. But it is the unadulterated Word of God that has the power to transform lives for the betterment of the Kingdom and this world (Hebrews 4:12; John 17:17; John 14:6). Doing our part in reaching out to the lost, gives God the opportunity to do His part – give the increase (I Corinthians 3:6-7)!