I love a good discussion with a friend over a steaming cup of chai, but since I can’t gather all of you at a comfortable cafe, I’ll have to be content with this little corner of the Internet.
You can thank the Supreme Court for the topic of this third symposia. I want to talk with you about obeying or disobeying government.
As many of you are surely aware, 5 Supreme Court justices decided that they had the right to mandate for the rest of us what defines marriage. 5 people think their opinion trumps Almighty God who set up the institution in the first place.
I am not a prophet, I cannot predict how this will play out, but I would not be shocked if more people lose their jobs, face lawsuits or get thrown in prison for “hate speech” because they refuse to recognize or support the union of two men or two women as “marriage.” I would not be shocked if religious freedom is only granted to those who concur with this ruling.
When the apostles preached the gospel in Jerusalem shortly after Pentecost, the Jewish leaders beat them and charged them not continue preaching these things. When the apostles disobeyed, the leaders were furious.
And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!”
But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
~Acts 5:27-29 NKJV
So, now that I’ve said more than I usually do in a coffee chat, I’d like to know your thoughts. How will you prepare yourself to respond when challenged? If you are at work and your co-worker invites you to her wedding to her female partner; if you are a preacher and you are asked to officiate a same-sex wedding; if you are a chaplain in the military… How are you going to respond?
Let me be clear on something: All people have souls, and it is God’s will that all should repent. We have to balance our righteous anger over those calling good evil and evil good with the love that God wants us to have for those who are living apart from Him. I do not advocate hate. Hateful comments will be deleted. But I do advocate standing for what is right.
Please leave a comment below while you sip on your favorite cup of tea or coffee!