Yesterday was historic. I say that because this was the first time in American history that the U.S. Supreme Court openly profaned the institution of marriage. They actually did so twice in separate cases which affected Federal and State laws, respectively. These justices basically affirmed the legitimacy of same-sex “marriage” and trampled over what’s left of the Christian ethos which had been the norm in America until the latter part of the last century. In biblical terms, the members of the Court were venting their hatred of God and His law. At the same time, they were also enshrining the false religion of humanist autonomy.
But this is nothing new. As one pastor pointed out, we should not be surprised given that this is the same Court which, in previous decades, ruled that mothers have a supposed “constitutional right” to murder their own children in the womb. Consider that there is not a single confessional Protestant on today’s Court–an institution founded to reflect an Anglo-Protestant view of jurisprudence (post-Reformation, English common law tradition). Of course the Court has, over the course of its own history, taken upon itself powers it was never authorized to have. But I digress on that point.
To be perfectly blunt and honest, this is a different America. This is a post-Christian America. Paganism and rank unbelief are now the norm. The relative success of the “Moral Majority” and the “Christian Coalition” in past decades seems unreal today, a distant memory in our collective consciousness. But they were living off borrowed capital (“cultural Christianity”) and the fact that younger generations had yet to enter the voting booth. The political meltdown which we’re currently witnessing is only the manifestation of a culture which has been rotten to the core for many years. The wise man saw this coming a long time ago.
What does this mean for the bigger picture? What we’re seen here is yet another instance of God’s judgment being unleashed upon America. It’s noteworthy that Paul talks about God’s wrath in the present tense in Romans 1. This is a continual thing and He pours out His wrath upon the various nations of the earth. It’s not always the fire and brimstone type of judgment as we see in the case of Sodom and Gomorrah. His wrath is revealed by giving people over to a debased and wicked mind. God’s judgment is manifested when individuals suppress the truth in unrighteousness. Is this not an apt description of modern Western culture?
The believing church in America (what’s left of it) is now in a unique position to proclaim the truth of God’s word. What changes for us is the reality that we can no longer hide behind a thin veneer of “cultural Christianity.” That capital has been used up. This means that we can no longer take for granted our religious liberties and the comforts we have long enjoyed. Christians within the younger generations will face an even greater amount of pressure to conform to the world. Those believing churches which still remain may be few and far between in this land. As it stands right now, it is difficult to find a biblical church home. Are we ready for this new era? We had better be. It has arrived.
A civil magistrate cannot institute a same-sex “marriage” any more than he can legislate Middle Earth into existence. Even the unbeliever who rejects God is still a creature living in God’s created realm and cannot overturn that reality. The world needs to hear that. Seeking to be wise, they have become fools. And they utterly despise the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Even so, we have the Christ-ordained duty to preach it–and to preach it boldly. Instead of retreating into the background of a predominantly man-centered, pagan culture, the church must go forth. Law and Gospel must be rightly preached. Sitting on the sidelines is not an option. Neither is placing our hopes in political institutions.
Christians must repent too. We must reform ourselves as individuals, next within our families, and then see reformation in our local churches–all according to God’s unchanging standard in His word. We must remove the leaven of the world from ourselves as much as possible. Worldliness has affected the American church like never before. Pray for the church in our land, that she may receive both reformation as well as revival.