In order to be a competent ambassador for Christ while living as an exile and foreigner in the U.S., you need to possess and enact a biblical worldview. The building blocks of a biblical worldview begin with the overarching storyline of Scripture: creation, fall, redemption, restoration. All of life and every culture need to be viewed through the lens of creation, fall, redemption, restoration. When you learn to do this, you’ll be able to see countless implications. Below is one implication regarding same-sex marriage.
Imagine being the disciples standing at the foot of the cross. Over the past three years you had seen Jesus walk on water, calm storms, raise dead people and heal multitudes. He looked unstoppable. He could snap his fingers and make the Roman empire go away. But now, his blood is puddling at the foot of the cross as the life is slowly drained out of him. This should never have happened. It’s so messed up. The irony of the cross is this: what looked like Satan’s victory, was actually his defeat. On the surface a cultural crisis may appear like a victory for the enemy, but the cross shows us it may actually be his defeat.
This is one reason why I remain hopeful in the aftermath of the same-sex marriage ruling. On the surface a cultural crisis may appear like a victory for the enemy, but the cross shows us it may actually be his defeat.
Could it be that the same-sex marriage ruling may look like a victory for the enemy, but instead actually be his defeat? I believe so. Let’s let Scripture explain how this is possible.
Remember the very famous scene in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3? Satan successfully convinces Adam and Eve that their lives were not as good as they could be. He plants this idea in their minds that if they eat from the one tree God tells them not to, their lives will become all they imagine they could be. Before you know it, Adam and Eve become discontent with how things are and long for something more. They begin saying to themselves, “If only we eat from that tree, then we can be happy and satisfied.” So they eat. And how did that turn out for them? They become worse than they were before. They got the one thing they thought they needed to be content and their lives become a nightmare.
It’s been the life-mission of many within the same-sex community to see same-sex marriage legalized. I would argue large numbers of them have looked to this as the defining moment of their lives. For years many of these individuals have probably thought, “If only same-sex marriage would be legalized, then my life would have meaning.” Well, they got what their hearts wanted most. Now what? Will their lives become all they imagined they could be?
If the Bible is correct, and, for the record, I do believe the Bible is correct, they are re-living the Garden of Eden all over again. Not only will their lives not become all they imagine they could be, but their lives will become worse than they were before. Some of them are going to come to realize this. So where will they turn?
Because we live with a biblical worldview that includes ‘redemption’ as a present reality, I believe Christians and churches need to be ready to receive with grace and truth the refugees of this sexual revolution. I believe there will come a day when a few of them will come to us empty and confused wondering why they’re empty and confused. Christians and churches need to be ready for opportunities to present to these victims of deception the only thing that can truly satisfy: the gospel of Jesus Christ. What looked like a victory for the enemy, may actually be his defeat. In the end, the same-sex marriage ruling may actually send more lost people into the saving arms of Jesus where they will find the very thing same-sex marriage couldn’t give them.
The reason I have remained hopeful through these past couple of years has been due to the creation, fall, redemption, restoration storyline.