- I’m for … preventing people from killing unborn babies.
- I’m for … stopping laws that would allow gay people to marry
- I’m for … keeping people from persecuting Christians.
I’m not going to dig into whether there aren’t things Christians might oppose, or whether we should engage politically on the grounds of our faith. We are fortunate to live in a democracy, which makes political engagement a privilege for all citizens.
But I have to wonder a little about keeping people from persecuting Christians. Where would Christianity be if there had been a JCLU (Jerusalem Civil Liberties Union) to stop Saul from persecuting Christians before God himself called Saul on it? Minus most of the New Testament. Maybe minus the diaspora that scattered Christians across the Middle East.
In the last week, a California court made a decision about same-sex marriage that has the potential to have a tremendous impact on many Christian organizations.
It won’t affect our faith, or our practice, but it could limit our funding. Those of us who’ve been able to fund some of our services with tax money may find it more difficult ; those of us who have received foundation grants may find fewer that accept our “irrational” commitment to male-female marriage. Even before this decision, there were organizations that wouldn’t fund Christian organizations who refused to hire gay pastors — even if every other position was open to people of any faith, no faith, any perspective.
What will this change mean? I only know for sure what God says: a chance to be happy as God’s spirit of glory rests on God’s people.
“If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.” (1 Peter 4:14)
God made Christians for: Being happy when others insult us because of our belief in God.
What do you expect from the California decision on same-sex marriage?