What Happens Now? — We Pray and We Act
JANET BOYNES — This week, the Supreme Court made the decision to mandate same-sex marriage throughout our nation. While it deeply grieves me to see how far we have strayed, it doesn’t surprise me. We are living in times where our faith will be tested. These are times in which we will be ridiculed for our beliefs and perhaps even be incarcerated for holding to the word of God as our voice of truth.
As someone who has walked away from homosexuality and now has a ministry that helps men and women who desire to come out of this lifestyle, I have the responsibility to stay grounded in what I know is true. But it doesn’t stop there; you also have the responsibility to remain steadfast without caving in to the pressures of this world.
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9 NKJV)
The Supreme Court cannot redefine what they didn’t create. Marriage is a covenant, a sacred bond between a man and a woman instituted by and publicly entered into before God. Marriage represents a serious vow that should not be entered into lightly or unadvisedly. It involves a solemn promise or pledge, not merely to one’s marriage partner, but before God. Marriage is also a human agreement between a man and a woman; it is the most intimate of all human relationships and results in a “one-flesh” union.
As Christians, we might tend to despair and even give up hope. But I believe emphatically in God’s power to transform even the most hopeless individual because I’ve experienced it so fully in my own life. I know that if Christ can transform me, He can bring that same change to anyone. I once wanted to get married to a woman, but I had an encounter with God. It changed everything. So, yes, we continue to pray. In the words of Billy Graham “It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job to judge, and my job to love.”
So, what happens now? We pray and we act. We pray that the Holy Spirit will open the eyes of the lost. “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.” (Ephesians 1:18 NKJV). Honestly, I cannot expect them to understand the truth if the truth has not been revealed to them. We must act and continue to be a beacon of light in a dark world.
We continue to stand for God’s word in spite of the backlash. We stand alongside those who will be unjustly targeted by the gay community and we fight for our religious freedoms. We must continue to be bold, strong, and uncompromising in our faith and walk as true Christ followers. We must be as bold as lions and meek as lambs. And we must never forget that although we may lose a few battles, He has already won the war.