My husband and I were up late last night talking about the recent Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage the law of the land. But we weren’t talking about the ruling itself, instead we were talking about our frustration with all of the comments and discussions we’d already seen all over the news, the web, and our own social media feeds. And the most unsettling part of all was how this attempt to support love has caused so much hate.
It seems this new law has undoubtedly inspired an enormous amount of anger, bitterness, and divide. There is a growing divide not only between many of the law’s supporters and Christians, but also within the Christian community.
And my fear is that, as Christians, we will forget the trail that Christ blazed for us. We will let anger, frustration, and bitterness push more people away from the truth than draw them to it.
So, let’s make sure that doesn’t happen. Let’s make sure that despite this ruling, we remember that His law is greater than any law created by man. Let’s remember that this news did not take God by surprise. He knew this day would come. And you know what else? He still holds all the power in his hands, his promises still hold true, and he still reigns over all. Let’s know in our hearts that we can trust in Him enough to let go of the anger, and let’s make sure that His love wins.
Because do you know what Jesus didn’t do when he came across someone who didn’t follow him or share his beliefs? He didn’t shake his head in disgust. He didn’t threaten them, belittle them, or call them names. He also didn’t avoid them, ignore them, or let himself be silenced.
Instead, he showed compassion, he had dinner with them, and he befriended them. He didn’t condone their sinful behavior, but he met them right where they were at, and he loved them.
Yes, he hated sin. But Jesus loved the sinners.
And when I think of what is going on in our nation today, I think of the story of the woman who was brought to Jesus by the Pharisees after being caught in the act of adultery (punishable by death). Jesus told the accusers in John 8:7, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And when not one person was left to cast the first stone, Jesus did not condemn this woman either. Instead, he simply told her to leave and sin no more. In John 12:47 he further explains himself when he says, “If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.”
Just like that verse says, Jesus did not come to judge the world, he came to save it.
And he didn’t do that by spreading anger and hate. No. Instead, he loved so fiercely, that he was willing to give his own life and bear the weight of all our sins. He gave his life for the adulterers, the liars, the murderers. He did it for every single sinner. He did it for you and for me.
And yes, one day he will return, and one day we will all be judged. We will all be held accountable for our actions, for our acceptance of the truth and his sacrifice, or our rejection of it. And in the meantime, let’s try to live by his example.
Let’s do our best to spread his truth instead of judgement. Let’s stop casting stones. Before we continue to make assumptions, speak out of anger, and let our frustration get the best of us, let’s just take a second to remember that we are all sinners.
And furthermore, let’s hear each other out. Let’s take a walk in someone else’s shoes. Not so that we can throw our convictions to the wayside, but so that we can better speak to one another’s hearts. Maybe then we can more lovingly share God’s word with others. Maybe then we can come from a place of caring more genuinely about another’s soul. Maybe then the truth will have a fighting chance.
Let’s stop hating, and start loving with a Christ-like love.
Let’s make sure His love wins.