To God: We Don’t Need Your Laws

This past Friday the U. S. Supreme Court made marriage for same-sex couples legal nationwide. This will override the opposing laws of 14 states who are mostly considered to be in the Bible-belt. The 5-4 decision will change many social interactions throughout the entire country for government, business and family.

The White House celebrated by putting on a display of colored lights in the evening. The President said “When all Americans are treated equal, we are all more free.” While some were jubilant, others saw this as a terrible omen.

Some people are actually wondering if they will be more free or less free. For example, will a preacher be required to marry a gay couple even if it is against his beliefs? Will tax exempt status be at risk for religious institutions? America would seem to have the most to lose in the area of religious freedoms. The reason for this is that some Americans believe God gave man certain laws to live by and they would like to live by them. Since the Bible says God considers gay activities an abomination to Him, the Supreme Court is clearly trying to override God. This is not the first time.

As we look at the news we see factions around the world trying to setup their own countries and think nothing of killing civilians. We see the economic problems of Greece and now Puerto Rico says it can’t pay its debts. Many don’t know other countries are close behind. We also see historic social changes as described here. The Tunisia resort attack or an employee beheading his boss are but two examples of an escalation of violence. When political, economic and social systems begin to collapse, the society, as it is known, will eventually cease to exist.

Omen? Yes, Jesus said when He comes again the earth would be filled with violence and corruption, like it was in the days of Noah. The Bible says all flesh on the earth had corrupted their way. The Supreme Court has just given a nod for mankind to corrupt their way a bit more. It is a progressive downward slide over time. Mankind is drawn into further sin. With the types of violence we see in the news almost daily and the major decisions by countries, we know the time is growing short. Do you see yourself being carried away also or are you standing firm?

Some Want Peace – Some Want Strife

On June 17th a shooting occurred in a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. In the aftermath, nine people having a Bible Study were dead. Dylann Roof, 21, has been captured and charged with a mass murder. Dylann reportedly has told investigators that he “wanted to start a race war”. Following the news a Facebook image was circulated showing Roof wearing attire adopted by white supremacist groups.

We see in this recent news article a desire to cause strife and we wonder how that lines up with the Bible. The question is if God desires peace, strife or doesn’t care. To start, we see Jesus is called the Prince of Peace. We also note that God gives peace to His people and desires people to live peacefully with one another. One of the Ten Commandments states that people should not murder. Clearly the actions described in this news article are contrary to God’s desires for mankind.

The Bible also states that God hates seven things, four of them seem to be associated with the actions in this news report. They are hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, and one who sows discord. God is against strife and desires peace.

An interesting side note to this story is that the media is discussing if this should be called a terrorist act or a mental illness. One has to assume that these people are uninformed because the actions described are sin. The Bible even tells us how it starts and where it ends. Everyone is tempted to do something opposed to God ‘s desires from time to time. This is where the battle begins. We either win at this point or lose. If we lose we get carried away and perform the sin. When sin is full grown, it gives birth to death. Did you know that what you love and nurture will grow? What do you nurture – righteousness or sin?