The Responsibility of Freedom -July 1, 2015

July 1, 2015

The Responsibility of Freedom

The 4th of July is quite a party! Picnics, barbeques, hanging out with family and friends, and blowing up things! It’s awesome! As a nation, we have much to celebrate and much for which to be thankful! Our freedom is a precious possession! We have so many great privileges and blessings. But our freedom also has great moral responsibilities and consequences. There is a freedom that leads to bondage.

We’re all aware of the big changes that are happening in our nation. The things I wish were changing aren’t changing. Racism, hatred and violence seem to be increasing. And, some of the things I believe shouldn’t be changing are changing quickly! Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to make same sex marriage a Constitutionally-protected civil right. We saw it coming. 60% of Americans who were polled, said they support the legalization of same sex marriage (up from 12% in 1988). We’ve all been formed in our thinking by television shows and the movies. The media has the power to “normalize” behavior in the name of freedom.  The Supreme Court just gave us what we wanted. We are certainly living in an age like that described in Judges 21:25b (NKJV) 25b Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

For me, this is what is so sad about this decision. As a nation, we’ve rejected the moral compass of God’s Word, and are now led by politicians who simply follow public opinion polls. Is this leadership? Just a few years ago, the most liberal leaders in our country had a different belief with regard to “same sex marriage.” Then Senator Barack Obama said on MTV during the 2008 presidential campaign, “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I am not in favor of gay marriage.” Hillary Clinton said in 1999, “Marriage has historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is, as marriage has always been, between a man and a woman.”

Is it alright for leaders to change their mind? Of course! They should when they are wrong! But I believe Hilary was right! Marriage does have “historic, religious and moral content.” For over 5000 years, Judeo-Christian civilization has been built on the Biblical definition of marriage as a sacred covenant of one man and one woman. Marriage was defined by God in Genesis 2:23-24 as a sacred union between a man and a woman, and this definition is affirmed by Jesus Christ in Matthew 19:4-6. As Joel Rosenberg says, “Now, five unelected Justices of the Court are undermining the fundamental building block of healthy, stable Western civilization with no idea of what the down-stream implications and ramifications will be.”  When our national leaders reject the moral truth and authority of God’s Word, and lead by public opinion shaped by the media, I believe we are in deep *#*# ! (skybalon Greek for “dog doo” in Philippians 3:8)

So, what should be our response? We should not become fearful, hateful or judgmental. We should be more prayerful, loving and hopeful. As my mother used to say, “God is still on the throne!” Jesus reigns as king! Now I realize there are good and godly people who do not agree with my position. That’s ok. We can be mutually respectful, and have civil dialogue even when we disagree. (I do hope in this upcoming presidential election year, there’s more civil dialogue, please?!!!) As a church, let’s not get ugly and critical! Let’s pray!!! Let’s build more bridges and fewer walls! We can be nice and still hold on to our moral convictions without becoming “homophobic bigots.” Our focus should not be on telling others what they can’t do, but on doing what we can do. Let’s love God and love people! Let’s be known for what we’re for, not what we’re against!

So, dear ones, let’s display our flags! Let’s have our picnics! Let’s enjoy watching the fireworks! Let’s celebrate our freedom! But, let’s also keep in mind that our freedom also has great moral responsibility.

Leading on My Knees,                                                                                                                                        

Pastor Ron                                                                                                                                                      

P.S. My health is “miraculously” stable, so for now it’s watch and pray! We believe that God is healing!