Christians Are Not Afraid of Dying on Fridays

auschwitzLast Friday, the US Supreme Court institutionalized same-sex marriage. Many people think this is the beginning of the end of Christianity. We don’t think so. Christians are not afraid of dying on Fridays. Our Lord Jesus died on a Friday but He came back to life after three days. The Christian faith will not be buried: we have 2,000 years of history to prove that. We have faced things worse than this and yet we’re still here.

Things will change from now on. Christians will have to live in the margins. We will be in the wrong side of history from this point onward. But let us not forget that Christianity started on the wrong side of history. We are in good company.

Reactions to the US Supreme Court’s Redefinition of Marriage

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I have no appropriate words for the plight of American Christians this weekend as they face their first Sunday Service after the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. I will point you instead to what their church leaders said on the issue:

Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention:

While this decision will ultimately hurt many people and families and civilization itself, the gospel doesn’t need “family values” to flourish. In fact, the church often thrives when it is in sharp contrast to the cultures around it. That was the case in Ephesus and Philippi and Corinth and Rome, which held to marriage views out of step with the Scriptures.

Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary:

The Supreme Court, like every human institution and individual, will eventually face two higher courts. The first is the court of history, which will render a judgment that I believe will embarrass this court and reveal its dangerous trajectory. This Court will find itself in a trap of its own making, and one that will bring great harm to this nation and its families. The second court we all must face is the court of divine judgment. For centuries, marriage ceremonies in the English-speaking world have included the admonition that what God has put together, no human being — or human court — should tear asunder. That is exactly what the Supreme Court of the United States has now done.

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None Would Be Left Standing

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Lord, if you mark our transgressions, who would stand?
But thanks to your grace we are cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.

If God were to tally all our sins and charge them to our account, not one of us would be left standing. We would all crumble down and waste away in utter despair, without hope for reprieve or salvation of any kind.

The Bible tells us that Jesus came and paid it all with his dear life. His mercy shone the brightest when our sin was at its darkest. This is the gospel message.