Tuesday, Maryland and Maine became the first two states in the U.S. to legalize homosexual marriage by a vote of the people.
I’m among the 48% of Marylanders who voted against same-sex marriage, and today I’m grieving. Rightly so.
If you feel the same sadness, you might be tempted, as many are right now, to focus on what went wrong, to blame, to complain.
There’s a better response.
Let the eyes of Christ, which are “like a flame of fire” (Rev. 1:14) look upon you and expose you. We have contributed. And don’t despair. There is much we can do. Here are three ideas to start:
1. In humility, repent of your own sin, including any past or present sexual sins. Confess everything. Confess the ways you’ve compromised or contributed to the sexual darkness over our land. Make a beeline to the Cross. Bring as many people as you can. Get clean.
2. See people (not enemies) among those who support same-sex marriage and those who marry another of the same sex. Ask Jesus to heal your eyes to see men and women who are simply pursuing the best they’ve known. And ask Him to transform you to love with the self-sacrificing love He revealed on the Cross.
3. Make room in your life and in your church for those seeking to follow Christ even as they wrestle with homosexual temptations. Increasingly, they face physical and spiritual pressures from without and from within. If there is no refuge for them in the church, no allies willing to walk alongside them, no families for them to join, where will they go? What are their odds? They are a noble few and you should be honored if they are counted among you.
Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance ,but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:13 – 16).
Question: What’s one step forward you’re going to take? Leave a comment below.