The Means (1 of 5)
1. Trust in the Lord
Let’s be clear-minded. Those against whom we are proposing to contend hold all the positions of power. They dominate the justice system, government bureaucracy, the press, the universities and schools, the entertainment industry, most Mainline denominations and many other groups as well. And, they have clearly shown that they will use this power to destroy anyone who is both vulnerable and in opposition to their view of marriage.
Thus, to participate in the defense of religious freedom in order to ensure Jesus Christ’s definition of marriage is upheld in our Christian churches, organizations and individual consciences is to expose yourself to cruel and often effective assault. Just to be clear, here is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on the purpose for and definition of marriage.
He answered, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Matthew 19:4-6)
This is not about your moral superiority to others, nor about hatred against others. No, this is about obedience to Him who has given His all to save us from the consequences of our sin and to lead us into new life. If your opposition is motivated by anything other that that, then, please, find something else to do.
But, if you do wish to proceed under these terms, then be of good cheer!
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? (Matthew 6:25)
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful (Hebrews 10:23, RSV)
The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
Hark, glad songs of victory
in the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly,
the right hand of the Lord is exalted,
the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!” (Psalm 118:14-16)
May these words from Endings and Beginnings stand behind all that we think, say and do.
For God does not depend on numbers of adherents or the power of human will to achieve His ends. He calls us to be faithful wherever we are, not because we must prevail, but rather because we so love and trust our Lord and Savior that we simply must testify to His Gospel.
Praise be to God!