The Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage today. And yet tonight, I feel the need to get on my knees and pray. I am sure you are thinking...great, another conservative Christian praying for all the gays in the world to repent. Sorry to disappoint you, but not this conservative Christian. I am praying God forgives our world for all the hatred emerging due to this decision.
I do not believe the Supreme Court's decision was based on the Bible (See 1 Corinthians 6:9-11). However, the Supreme Court doesn't actually have to base any of their rulings on the Bible. I do truly believe the Supreme Court based a decision on equality. And equality is very much threaded throughout the Bible.
In God's eyes we are all equal. Unfortunately, we are only equal because we are ALL sinners. There isn't a single one among us that is not. So whether or not I think being gay is a sin is irrelevant to the overall story. We all sin. I am so very thankful to be equal in God's eyes and to be covered in His Grace. Without it I would be lost in eternity.
For God does not show favoritism.
I am not only praying for the hate to dissipate but I am asking God to humble me. To help me realize how much my beliefs may hurt someone, if I decide not to act in love. I pray He helps me stand firm in my faith through a stance of love and not hate. I pray God helps me display His overwhelming, tremendous, unconditionally love equally to everyone that crosses my path. I pray not a single one of my gay friends EVER feels anything but love, respect and honor for the person they are from me. I pray that my friends (both gay and straight) never hold anything against me or treat me any different because they disagree with me or think I make a decision not aligned with their beliefs. I pray our differences never ever divide us. I absolutely believe in equality...we are equally blessed with His Sacrifice, His love and His forgiveness. No matter our list of sins.
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God's glorious standard.
I pray Christians around the world hold each other accountable for the hatred some of us are showing. For the wrong we are doing to others and for the superiority we are displaying based on one piece of instruction in the Bible, while simultaneously forgetting several other commandments in the Bible. You aren't allowed to pick one piece of the Bible to judge another person on...you have to apply it in it's wholeness. As I read statements praising gay pride and equally hating on it...I am quickly reminded that pride is actually a sin. It is very easy to go from feeling equal to feeling superior. And I ask God to humble my butt right back to where it belongs....kneeling before Him.
Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.
Today was actually a sad day for me. The sadness was not based on the Supreme Court's decision but the reaction to the decision by many of my brothers and sisters in Christ. However, I am reassured by the array of rainbows throughout our country. While the rainbow may symbolize gay pride to many...it is actually a reminder of the covenant between God and all living creatures. It reminds me that the storm will pass and that life will persevere.
Genesis 9: 14-15
When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will appear in the clouds, and I will remember my covenant with you and with all living creatures. Never again will the floodwaters destroy all life.
To rainbows, peace and love,
Just a few reflections about everything God is teaching me in this life...a journey deeper into His purpose for my life.