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Maybe we’ll be willing to lose our jobs, our homes, our families and even our lives because we follow Jesus. I think there’s more hope than there is despair for the future. But rather than being a set back, perhaps this can move the church yet another step closer to realizing its true mission.That might just touch off a revolution like it did two millennia ago. The radical ethic of grace and truth found in Jesus is more desperately needed in our world today than ever before. I was tempted to close comments off on this post, but I will leave them open just to see if we can continue the discussion constructively and humbly. If you want to leave a comment that helps, please do so. And that’s what will move the mission of the church forward.In June 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states, setting off a flurry of reaction by Christians and virtually everyone else on social media and beyond.Ed Stetzer wrote a helpful background post to the shift in opinion that led to the decision and included links to a number of other leading articles in his post.Rather than asking the government to prison talking about the love of Jesus Christ.Instead of looking to the government for help, Paul and Jesus looked to God.He did, however, invite government officials to have Jesus personally change them.Paul constantly suffered at the hands of the authorities, ultimately dying under their power, but like Jesus, didn’t look to them for change.
Why would we expect people who don’t profess to be Christians to: Wait until marriage to have sex? I know you want to believe that’s not true (trust me, want to believe that’s not true), but why don’t you ask around?
Rather, the purpose of this post is to think through how to respond as a church when the law of the land changes as fundamentally as it’s changing on same-sex marriage and many other issues.
Here are 5 perspectives I hope are helpful as church leaders of various positions on the subject think and pray through a way forward. For most of the last 2000 years, the authentic church has been counter-cultural.
Jesus spent about zero time asking the government to change during his ministry.
In fact, people asked him to the government, and he replied that his Kingdom is not of this world.
(I wrote more here about how to get the hypocrisy out of our sex talk in church.) At least be consistent…humbly address at our church. We also talk about our greed, our gluttony, our jealousy and our hypocrisy as Christians. Jesus brings healing to all these areas of life, including our sex lives.