Mark Galli Has It Right

Despite what you may think, there are some voices of reason in the evangelical landscape.  Mark Galli of Christianity Today offers Six Things To Do after the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage:

–Rejoice.  Not in the decision, of course, but, as Paul says, “Rejoice in the Lord always”.

Rejoice in what exactly? Let’s just note the big things: That God has not gone anywhere. That Christ’s death and resurrection remain the power of salvation for all. That the gospel still goes forth. That the gates of the Supreme Court or Congress cannot prevail against Christ’s church. That there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. That the kingdom will come—and that there remains a great deal of vital work for us to do in the church and in society until that day.

–Repent.  Instead of pointing the finger at outside political and cultural forces arrayed against the Church, we would do well to focus on ourselves and what got us here.

What actions and attitudes have we imbibed that contribute to our culture’s dismissing our ethics? Our homophobia has revealed our fear and prejudice. Biblical inconsistency—our passion to root out sexual sins while relatively indifferent to racism, gluttony, and other sins—opens us to the charge of hypocrisy. Before we spend too much more time trying to straighten out the American neighborhood, we might get our own house in order.

–Rethink.  Think through what it will look like to show love to the gay people who come to visit your churches.

–Re-engage.  As the American church has lost its privileged status in society, many say that it is now in exile and at the margins.  That is true to a certain extent, but there are still numerous opportunities for the church to engage in what remains essentially a free society.  Use these opportunities for the common good by becoming peacemakers.

–Reach out.  Up until now, gays have seen us as political enemies.  Now that we have lost, they may be willing to engage us as human beings.  Take advantage of these opportunities.

–Rejoice.  We live at a critical point in history, when we are addressing a host of issues related to human sexuality.  How we respond to these issues will shape the way in which believers engage these issues for centuries to come.

Read:  “Six Things To Do after the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage” by Mark Galli