Those interviewed by The Daily Beast news site say that advocates of gay marriage are attacking supporters of traditional heterosexual marriage, resulting in the loss of jobs and power.
An Associated Press article quoted United Methodist Church officials as saying the denomination’s opposition to gay marriage has brought the church to the verge of schism because of the decision to defrock Frank Schaefer, who, while a Methodist minister, officiated at his son’s gay wedding.
Will the rancor die down? That’s hard to say. I remember a lot of acrimony when abortion was first made legal in America. But in those days we didn’t have the same ability to react immediately and vehemently via social media.
In Matthew 5:11-12, Jesus says, “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”
The promise of heavenly reward is nice but what about what happens until you get there? Underlying all the fears voiced in these articles is an unspoken fear: What will become of us now? How will we survive?
The Christian answer is simple: Trust God. I know that sounds like a cheap sentiment in the midst of fear but it’s the truth. The difficulty is that many Christians don’t know God very well, and that’s why they cannot trust Him. In the midst of trial, the choice must always be to come closer to God, rest in Him, find peace in Him, and let Him deliver us.
The real problem is that, deep down inside, we still think we must deliver ourselves. We still don’t believe God will do it for us because those words in The Lord’s Prayer, “Deliver us from evil,” are just that – nothing more than words.
In Deuteronomy 8:2, Moses tells the Hebrews that “the Lord, your God, has directed all your journeying in the desert, so as to test you by affliction and find out whether or not it was your intention to keep his commandments.”
The central focus of Hebrews 3 is the line, “If today you hear God’s voice do not harden your hearts,” taken from Psalm 95, after which the author begs his audience not to repeat the mistake of the Hebrews, who bailed on God rather than keep his commandments and thus never entered His rest.
If this is a similar test for Christians, we should stand up, stand our ground and say, “Thank you God for loving me enough to give me this opportunity to trust you in the midst of adversity.”
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