What You Can Do to Empower Dissent to Same-sex Marriage


You cannot Save PeopleThese are challenging times for Christians who hold to the authority of Scripture. But that is not without its joys and opportunities. As one of my friends said, “Marty, when it get’s darker, the light always appears brighter.” Amen. Let’s shine all the brighter for Jesus and let’s remember to love everyone, including and especially those who will say the most bitter and unfair things about us now that the lid is off and same-sex marriage has been ruled constitutional. 

We can disagree with the ruling, we can say that SCOTUS has overstepped its boundaries, we can complain all we like, but the numbers are against us and we will have to lovingly take our lumps while we seek to give alternative, counter-culture testimony to the wisdom of the biblical teaching on human sexuality. The weekend links this week give some solid ways to think about how that conversation might be shaped and the texture of how it might proceed. To God be the glory.

Theology and Apologetics  (Believe these things)

Why the Church Should Neither Cave Nor Panic about the decision on Gay Marriage  —Russell Moore  (As the culture gets darker, the light of Jesus and the Gospel will shine all the brighter. Let not your hearts be troubled.)

Gay Marriage Still doesn’t Exist No Matter What the Supreme Court Says  —Matt Walsh  (Blunt, clear and helpful.)

An Open Letter from John MacArthur to Preachers  (You don’t have to be a MacArthur fan to recognize the wisdom and timeliness of this counsel for preachers and Christians in the post Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.)

Tim Keller on “Making Sense of Scripture’s Inconsistency”  —Tim Keller  (Media pundits, Talk Show hosts, anti-Christian bigots don’t always play fair. [To be fair, some Christians don’t either, and that is a scandal and blight on the name of Christ.] But Tim Keller does a good job of showing why it is not “picking and choosing” nor inconsistent when Christians follow some Old Testament texts and not others.)

Practice and Ministry  (Do these things)

Orthodox Christians Must Now Learn to Live as Exiles in Their Own Country  –Rod Dreher (Don’t miss this article.)

What Your Church Needs to Know and Do about the Supreme Court Decision —Erik Stanley and the Gospel Coalition (Very helpful article with a link to a great 22 page free downloadable manual on how to protect your ministry from legal challenge in the future.)

Why Gay Marriage is Good (and Bad) for the Church —Trevan Wax  (This article was actually written in 2013 but it has proven prophetic and continues to be helpful.)

7 Reasons Why High-Profile Leaders Like Tullian Tchividjian Fail  (Helpful, timely, sadly needed. Pray for pastors people.)

Pop Culture and Politics

TurningPointUSA.net  (Exciting young Illinois 21 year old who is making an extraordinary difference on the campuses of the entire country. Politics is NOT the answer, Jesus is. But politics cannot be abandoned and this young man is doing his part to change the status quo. Check him and his organization out [TurningPointUSA.net].)

5 Mistakes that Will Lead to the Fall of America  —John Hawkins  (All five have economic dimensions, at least three have religious dimensions, one relates to immigration policy.  All of them are important to digest.)

Book Resources

What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?  Kevin DeYoung

Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God. A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope.   Christopher Yuan and Angela Yuan

Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality   (Wesley Hill)

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