SCOTUS decision a wake up call —God wants to see faith in action…
Today is our opportunity, as followers of Jesus, to shine our light in the darkness. The more darkness there is the world, the brighter our light will be.
The Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage is God calling us to respond with Christian faith. We are given a great opportunity to show that we are the disciples that we are called to be.
We should stand up for the Word of God and hold our ground against this ruling. However, we should do it in the spirit God gave us: “not with a spirit of fear, but with a spirit of power and of love!”
Every day social media are filled with Christians posting comments of anger, shock, and, much worse, fear.
As believers, we do not have an option to be cafeteria Christians who can pick and choose what parts of the Bible we choose to follow and represent. We either believe in none of it or we believe in all of it.
DO NOT BE SHAKEN
Jesus warned that we would have false prophets that many would follow. He promised we would have trouble in this world.
However, the good news is that God also promised us peace in the storm and to take heart, for he has overcome the world. The war is already won. With our faith foundation, we should remain unshaken and unscathed. We should have absolute peace in Christ as the waters rage.
God gave us his word that we should never fear.
St. Padre Pio said, “Pray, hope and don’t worry.” If you are struggling, doubting, fearing, pray to the Lord, “I believe Lord, help my unbelief.”
SO HOW DO WE REACT? WITH FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT
In Christ Jesus we are prepared for times like these. He has given us all the graces and mercies we need to be examples of Christ. People should recognize Christians through behavior in words and deed.
We will be recognized by the fruits of the Spirit–love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
We must then always exude a Holy Spirit power, a joyful spirit, and a peaceful heart, especially in times of trial and attack on our beliefs. If we do not, how are we different from the pagans?
If we are followers, let God work through us, leading by example, others will follow just as they did Christ Jesus. Through our fruits, many more people will amend their lives and join us on our walk as brothers and sisters.
Let us use Jesus’s disciples as examples. What did the early church do in the face of adversity and outright persecution? They evangelized. They spoke from the rooftops sharing, in love, the word of God.
They were brave and willing to face anything for our Lord. They made it their life’s mission to bring as many lost souls to him. We are being called to transform the world through example.
Jesus requires us to pick up our crosses and follow him or we cannot be his disciples. As we practice longsuffering, let us be like the Apostle Paul.
What did Paul do in the midst of chaos? He sang a song of praise to God from prison!
No matter what is to come, we can joyfully sing a song of praise and know that the Lord will never leave us nor forsake us. That faithful reaction is what creates change in hearts and communities.
WITH A SOUND MIND
There’s no sense in arguing the truth. We must stay sound in the Word. We must take comfort in knowing the only one who can make or break a marriage is God.
At the end of the day, how much does it matter what the government thinks or defines as marriage? We are only to follow governmental rulings until they go against God’s word.
Whether sin is legal or illegal has nothing to do with what happens when God makes his home in us. We need to stay the course, reacting with faith.
We must persevere until the end with our country’s motto: In God we Trust. All that matters is the way, the truth, and the life, and as promised for our church, “the Gates of Hades will not overpower it!”
She is an Evangelist, Faith-Based Movie Producer, Public Speaker, and Writer. Her book, Sing to the Lord a New Song, will be released in 2016.