Since this was written, the US Supreme Court ruled that the states must recognize same-sex marriage as the law of the land. Even though the question of how they would rule is now answered, the question of what will happen to the Church in light of SSM remains…
The Feds may rule that so-called same sex marriage is the law of the land. So what? It won’t be the first time that our strong, centralized government put in with the devil.
As I’ve contemplated the different scenarios of what may occur after the Supreme Court imposes its will on the people as far as same-sex marriage goes, there is something that becomes clear to me. The Church of the Living God ain’t going away!
There will be those who apostatize. Some already have, like the PCUSA. That’s okay. They have shown themselves as a denomination to be very willing to deny Christ’s revealed truth.
“The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us;” (2 Timothy 2:11–12, ESV)
There will be those who capitulate. Fear may rule the hearts of some and they will give in to the pressure of the ‘tolerant’.
Without a doubt though, many of us will stand. More likely than not, millions of American Christians who ought to be protected by a Constitution that begins with their right to worship but will for all intents and purposes be denied that right, will stand.
Millions will not back down. We will not move left or right. We will refuse to accommodate. We will not be quiet. We will not hide. We will not be intimidated. We will not acquiesce. We will not go away. Although there will be many who will be blown away when tossed by the threshing fork, many will remain, remain true to their faith, true to their God.
So what will the so-called tolerant do about us?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
They have no power over us. They are not permitted to destroy us. We are the Church.
Oh, they will tax us. They will harass us. They may even jail us or kill us, but we will not be annihilated. We are the Church.
The Church will persevere for a thousand years and more. The culture and its recent infatuation with LGBTism will fade obscurely into history in a hundred. The millions spent by people like Elliot Mitchell and Clark West will be forgotten faster than an Alabama scoring drive while the Church will march on like the Power T on a Saturday in Knoxville!
I read so many naysayers who are selling the Church in America short. There’s no need for such panic and excuse filled bloviating.
“The Church is not Western”, they say. “The Church is not American”, they explain. They are making excuses for a loss that hasn’t happened and never will. They sound like Derik Dooley practicing in front of the mirror on a Saturday morning in October.
Just stop it!
You are selling God’s people short and you are selling God short.
People who didn’t take kindly to religious persecution founded this country. That attitude is not only in our history books, it’s in our heritage; it’s in our blood. That’s why Europeans came to America, made war with the worlds biggest empire, and wrote such a great document (abused as it is) like the US Constitution based upon protection of religious freedom.
Not only has it been in our American blood for the past 200 years, it has been in the DNA of the Church for 2000 years. Read Foxes Book of Martyrs and learn how easily we die as opposed to giving up. Stop giving up before the real fight begins!
In the famous words of that Southern bumper sticker, “Ain’t Skeered!”
With all that seems imminent, how can we be so confident? How can we be so certain that the Church will outlast the real haters? What is the apologetics of the Church’s perseverance?
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:31–39, ESV)
I am confident that persecution will finally come to the American Church. I’m not as confident that we will lie down and take it. We are Christians and called to peaceful lives, but we are also Americans, born out of war and rebellion. For now though, we will persevere through whatever comes our way, whether merely financial, penal, or physically abusive.
Ultimately, my advice is “don’t panic!” We are the Church. We’ve done this before.