“If you dip into any college, or school, or parish, or family—anything you like—at a given point in its history, you always find that there was a time before that point when there was more elbow room and contrasts weren’t quite so sharp; and that there’s going to be a time after that point when there is even less room for indecision and choices are even more momentous. Good is always getting better and bad is always getting worse: the possibilities of even apparent neutrality are always diminishing.”
-C.S. Lewis – That Hideous Strength:
Christians – conservative ones that is – have been fretting. With apparent good reason: our culture is going more and more away from a Christian-based value system, the brutal physical attacks on Christians abroad, the political and economic sanctions of believers at home, and the almost-overnight changes of definitions of marriage across the land are just a few of the daily news items that stress followers of Jesus. Our America is very different than the country that our Founding Fathers established and envisioned.
Yet, with today’s decision from the Supreme Court to over-ride state’s rights and enforce a definition of marriage on states that believe differently, the church has been given a chance to be reborn. For too long the steeple has been synonymous with American culture instead of the Christian kingdom. We proclaim a Godly moralism essential to patriotism instead of preaching obedience to Christ out of pure love for Him. The tax-exempt church – while free to buy fields for soccer and building projects – has been muted in having a cultural impact instead of being a voice in the wilderness that might be penniless but powerful. Today, all that has changed.
Today, we can show love to those with whom we disagree, to those who seek to shut down our businesses and churches, and to those who would want to see us keep our faith silent and to ourselves. While insults and sneers are sent our way, may we demonstrate love in all that we do or say.
Today, as culture seeks fulfillment through the unholy, we can bring holiness. Just as survivors of ship-wrecks die of thirst after drinking ocean-water, so too will this culture perish by binging on the immorality that has become the standard of today. When followers of this culture are empty, the message of Christ that we bring – the message that is different from all things in culture – will bring peace and assuage their thirst.
In other words, today the church can stand against the gates of Hell, proclaiming the kingdom of God that is both at hand and is coming. Today we can love all who come within our doors while showing them a way to live that is holy and just. And today, we can go and make disciples of every nation by demonstrating through word and deed the love of Christ.
What a great day!