Jun 282015
 
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Don’t Lose Heart – By David E. Smith
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Seeing the Invisible: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 – Pic source: illinoisfamily.org/faith/dont-lose-heart/

A poem by Rev. Maltbie Davenport Babcock (1858-1901), best known as the author of the hymn “This is My Father’s World,” expresses how I believe Christians must approach the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to redefine marriage.

The words of his poem “Be Strong” are ones that ought to be on every believer’s heart and mind today and in the days to come.

“Be Strong”

Be Strong!
We are not here to play, to dream, to drift;
We have hard work to do, and loads to lift;
Shun not the struggle – face it; ‘tis God’s gift.

Be Strong!
Say not, “The days are evil. Who’s to blame?”
And fold the hands and acquiesce – oh shame!
Stand up, speak out, and bravely, in God’s name.

Be Strong!
It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong,
How hard the battle goes, the day how long,
Faint not – fight on! To-morrow comes the song.

Now is the time to be strong! While it is understandable to be discouraged by the justices’ decision to create a new civil “right” for same-sex “marriage,” we ought not be surprised. Over the past six years, we have witnessed an unprecedented acceleration and acceptance of this radical cultural revolution in our country. Media, pop culture, academia, the church, and even the military have succumbed to the lies of the “LGBTQ” agenda. As a result, some conservative political pundits and some conservative candidates are waving the white flag of surrender, suggesting that we concede the issue of marriage redefinition and “LGBTQ rights.”

But neither surrender nor a weakening of resolve is an option for professing Christians. We believe in truth, and our faith demands that we not only buy the truth and refuse to sell it (Proverbs 23:23) but also testify to the truth as the Lord Jesus did (John 18:37).

It is imperative that we all understand that we have NOT been providentially placed in our schools, jobs, and communities in order to safeguard our own comfort, reputation, or legacy. Most assuredly, IFI is not in the public square to garner political power or legislative victories (although, that would be nice). We do not seek financial gain and certainly not worldly praise. Our sole purpose is to advance the Gospel truth, all for the glory of the Lord!

In the wake of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, many voices loudly proclaimed victory, and other voices – conservative voices – suggested that we just go with the flow. But faithful Christians could not remain silent or acquiesce. Patiently and steadfastly, pro-lifers worked to advance the truth. Today, public opinion has shifted dramatically, despite the feckless U.S. Supreme Court decision, as more and more people acknowledge abortion as a selfish and murderous act.

We must adopt the pro-life model of patient and persistent proclamation of the truth as we stand against this latest judicial travesty.

As Christians, we need to remember that the world is mired in a spiritual battle with demonic forces that seek to oppose God’s purposes and distort truth. These forces are determined to bring evil and destruction to every human being created in the image of God. With stakes this high, we simply cannot afford to remain silent concerning the moral and ethical issues we face as a society and a nation. We must speak out against abortion. We must take a strong and vocal stand for God’s design for marriage and sexualityWe must act in defense of religious liberty.

When we choose to remove ourselves, our biblical world view, and Christian influence, from the political process, we allow godless ideologies and philosophies to further deceive and capture the culture. The Lord has graciously planted us in a place where the responsibility of governing rests with “the people.” Who are we to refuse or squander His blessing?

We have been empowered to espouse truth in the public square because we know the author of truth. If we intentionally sit back and allow humanists and atheists to implement wicked policies that will disparage, damage, and destroy lives, relationships, families, and communities, we deny the principle of authority that He has given to us.

While the court’s decision is monumentally disastrous for our culture, religious liberty, and biblical morality, we cannot lose sight of the bigger picture. As Christ- followers, we serve the King of all creation. Sadly, the majority of our culture, as well as the five SCOTUS justices, have embraced the popular lie of marriage “equality” and have accepted the notion that homoeroticism is normal, and, in so doing, have rejected God’s design for both. These developments don’t surprise God. In fact, the rejection of God’s standards is nothing new (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Scripture is replete with examples of God dealing with similarly rebellious people – issuing warnings and rebukes for sexual sin in various cultures – going all the way back to Noah (Genesis 5-10).

Therefore, if God, the sovereign ruler of the universe, is not panicked by the court’s decision, then we should not panic either. What we need to do is accept the fact that living an overtly Christian life in our rapidly changing culture will grow increasingly more difficult. But remember, this short life, which Scripture calls a whisper (Psalm 39:5), is not about our own agendas, comforts, and amusements. Rather, it is entirely about the LORD and his Kingdom!

This foundational truth has been resonating in my heart and mind for many months now. It is not about us! If Christians would understand and apply this truth consistently – put it into practice – our predominately godless culture would be dramatically affected by our example and convicted of God’s work in our lives. The people of God are called to be salt and light, and this culture is in desperate need of seasoning and light!

So, in spite of this tragedy, let’s not be fatalistic! All is not lost – in fact we have faith that all is guaranteed (Matt. 16:17-19).

Moreover, the opportunity and necessity to advance Gospel truth in a spiritually dark culture grows even greater. As the darkness of sin and depravity deepens, the “light of the world” will stand out more prominently as we joyfully display our love, perseverance, faithfulness, patience, and concern for each other, children, marriage, decency, justice, truth, and, above all,  for the glory of God.

Let your light so shine before men,
that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father in heaven.
~Matthew 5:16

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Note the description of the featured picture of Psalm 73:26

The featured picture highlights a victorious Bible verse from Almighty / Creator / Savior, God to His righteous children. Psalm 73 relates how the wicked seemingly prosper in the temporal realm. However, the Psalm’s Divine Revelation further describes that their earthy comfort is only temporary, because they are inhabiting “slippery” places. Hence, they will experience swift destruction. They will be consumed with “terrors.” And all that, handed to them from the Lord God and Eternal Judge.

 

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“A thinking person will question what he hears; examine what he sees; and evaluate what others would have him believe.”

“When did big government and its mainstream media tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?”

[Pastor emeritus Nathan M. Bickel] 

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Pastor emeritus Nathan M. Bickel

www.moralmatters.org

www.thechristianmessage.org

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  2 Responses to “The Supreme Court’s Horrific Homosexuality Decision: Don’t Lose Heart by David E. Smith”

  1. Pastor Bickel: This stirring article has strengthened and uplifted us and our families. Thank you for having taken the time to compile and post it so that all of us can take courage to face the battles we will encounter in the weeks, months, and years ahead. God bless you for your faithfulness, Brother.

    • “Uncle Joe” –

      Thank you kindly. And thank you for visiting Moralmatters and for taking the time to offer some feedback.

      I dare venture that many who do not have a commentary website such as Moralmatters, do not fully realize what goes into it. Authors who write most every day and then do the detailed work of formatting their authorship in order to make something presentable for the online public, spend oodles of time. Authoring what I do, is a passion. That’s what makes the other website tasks less burdensome.

      Having stated the above, I know that this website could be much more improved. Improvement, in the area of categorizing the many articles under easy-to-access topics for web readers to locate. That’s one area that always gets left out. There’s only so much time in the day. And, this author has other responsibilities with which to attend.

      I can give a “for instance.” These last 3 Moralmatters postings. I did not realize that I had all the “related informational links” that I had, until I spent the time looking for them. Had I already created a “topic page” for them – and, placed them (prior) to that page, much of my time looking for them, would have been saved. Then, I could have used the valuable time planning other postings or actually initiating the writing of another article. Or, I could have started that household project of which my wife has been waiting [on].

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