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#LoveWins

Genesis 50:20 – You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result–the survival of many people.

See what I did there? The LGBT community is not the only community that can use a term and turn it to their agenda. This will become more prevalent as this post continues

So this weekend I am getting married. No. I am not celebrating the Supreme Court victory by running off with another guy and getting married. Mimi (www.wovenbywords.com) and I decided back in March that Sunday June 28th would be the date we get married and begin our life together. The Supreme Court decided to make that weekend in a celebration of gay marriage being legalized in all 50 states.

Well, that was unfortunate.

On a weekend when I want nothing more than to celebrate the joy that my fiancé has added to my life, I now have to share it with “We Are the Champions” being blared by cars with rainbow colors on their cars. And, yes, that is a very true story. As I was driving to the little market by my house this weekend, I saw that car on the main strip driving very slowly with guys hanging out the window waving to everyone as that song was blared throughout the town.

Well, this begs the question, to a BIBLE-BELIEVING Christian, who believes the BIBLE is the authoritative Word of God and who believes it is infallible and inerrant in its original context, what is the definition of marriage and what does the SCOTUS decision mean for our beliefs?

Many who are educated in the Bible who believe otherwise will probably castigate me on my blog, and that is fine. But I want to lay this out for in as simple terms as I can because I am a fairly simple guy.

First, what should Christians do about this?

You are going to hear all sorts of rhetoric about how we should petition the government (tried that, even 50 million signatures wasn’t a loud enough message to SCOTUS). You will hear people say that we need to get louder and take our complaints to the streets.

I disagree.

I do believe we need to take to the streets, but not to beat anyone up about their beliefs that are different from ours. We need to take to the streets to show people how deeply Christians love. We need to go out and feed the poor, clothe the naked and provide shelter for the homeless. We need to share OUR testimonies of how we came to Christ.

Amos 5:24 – But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

We should never take to the street to demand a public outcry on a political issue.

The main reason is that the majority of Christians are uneducated. If anyone mentioned Textus Receptus to the average Christian, they would have no clue what they were talking about. If you asked the average Christian about hell, they would give you a typical answer of place of fire and brimstone with a ruler that is red and has horns and a pointy tail and pitchfork. But if you ask them about Sheol, they will have no clue.

If we take an uneducated Christian out into the world to fight for or against something they know very little about, they are going to get eaten alive by the world that perverts the Word of God.

And, ultimately, this victory in SCOTUS for gay marriage is the fault of the church to begin with!

WHAT!?! FRED THAT IS HERESY!

No. It isn’t.

The American church has been schizophrenic about how they interpret the Bible and the overall population of America is suffering for it!

If Christians would unify! Learn to disciple each other properly. Bring each other up. Younger generation relying on older generation to pass on wisdom and biblical teaching, then Christians would not be so quick to bend in the world’s winds.

Church, it is time to WAKE UP!

But as for my gay friends? I love you all. No, I will not marry you, even if one day the government forces my hand and tells me I should. I am sorry, I cannot allow my belief that homosexuality is a sin and a choice to be put aside and seen as insignificant simply because you want me to.

But, to all my gay friends, please know that I am right there beside you as you struggle with acceptance in this world. There is nothing harder than fighting for acceptance. Christians have been doing it for years (for the most part wrongly, I must say).

2 Timothy 3:16 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness

And this is where, for the Christian, #LoveWins.

It doesn’t happen in a state-sanctioned marriage. Allow the government to rule their people the way they see fit. They have distorted the God-given meaning of marriage. This is not a Christian nation. It is a secular one. This should come as no surprise that humanistic philosophy gets the advantage. They will have to answer for their choices one day and if any of them do not have Christ, then they will experience hell first hand.

It doesn’t happen in Facebook arguments and passive aggressive social media posts. That is not Christian love at all. It comes from the pit of hell.

#LoveWins when we look to John 4 for wisdom. Jesus approached the woman at the well, knowing full well her sin and accepted her. But He also told her, “Go and sin no more.” That woman was amazed that someone who had such different beliefs as her would give her the time of day and care enough about her to learn about her.

That is love.

That kind of love has nothing to do with marriage. It has everything to do with respect.

Meanwhile, it is this weekend that #LoveWins for me. As a straight man, I am marrying the most beautiful woman in the world. Approved by God, those I love, and all my friends.

I am blessed.

Mimi Baker, I am proud to be able to marry you as one who is approved by my Father in heaven.

This is the meaning of #LoveWins. When a man shall leave his father and mother and take a wife, cleaving unto her. Treating her how Christ treats the church, as a beautiful bride.

Thank You, Father, for the amazing woman you have given me in Mimi Baker.

Hebrews 13:4 – Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.

Ephesians 5:25-33 – Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

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