Question:

The recent decision by the Supreme Court regarding gay marriage rights raises serious concerns; as Christians we are to be peacemakers, kind, gentle, etc. Romans 12:9 says "Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good." If we don't speak-up against sin, who will? Politics puts a strain on the church (our church). Should we sit back and do (say/print) nothing or make a stand (as gently as possible)? The left in this country is never happy.

What should we do?


Answer:

"For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light" (Ephesians 5:5-13).

"Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin" (James 4:17).

Christians gently but firmly explain to people why sin is wrong and the need to come out of sin. The Supreme Court in its ruling violated the teachings of God; thus, Christians must hold to the higher standards of the Judge of the judges (Psalms 82). Doing nothing is not an option.

"And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will" (II Timothy 2:24-26).

Your brief explanation put it all in focus for me. What a struggle I was having with my conscience responding when appropriate, with gentleness, with love, and kindness is key. James 4:17 is my struggle. Being prepared, knowing the Word of God wow how vital.

God bless you and your sacred ministry.