What Happens Now? — We Pray and We Act

By Janet Boynes Published on June 28, 2015

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.

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  • Daniel Servatius

    Nice article. It speaks a lot where you say, “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,” it reminds me of Isaiah who always heralding the truth in darkness, sometimes contrasting it with error (Isa 45:19-21 CEB):

    “I am the Lord, the one who speaks truth,
    who announces what is correct.

    Gather and come,
    draw near together,
    fugitives of the nations!
    Those who carry their wooden idols don’t know;
    those who pray to a god who won’t save.

    Announce! Approach! Confer together!
    Who proclaimed this from the beginning, announced it from long ago?
    Wasn’t it I, the Lord?”

    We should focus all the more on heralding the truth…so that no matter how much error enters in through the devices of politicians and judges we continue to speak the truth as Isaiah did, or as Stephen or Jeremiah did…or esp. as Jesus did. What’s needed is for the Holy Spirit to speak the truth, and for believers to be willing vessels for that.

    As a conversation starter, what are some of the ways that people think we should act to follow the dictates of these great people of God before us – to follow their eternal voices? They spoke the truth in a dark world then, so as our world darkens now how do we do best broach it with light?

  • John Wood

    She turned her self loathing into something profitable for her…she now spreads her self loathing to other.

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