The handwriting was on the wall. My guess is that had either of those Propositions come up for a vote in June this year they would have lost. The tide has turned against the position they represent. The Supreme Court’s decisions last week reflect the prevailing opinion in our society today, an opinion in favor of same sex marriage that is growing more prevalent by the year. There will be people who will do all they can to try to fight these decisions, but when the Supreme Court has ruled there is no higher human court to which one may appeal. Plus, it is increasingly apparent that the majority of Americans believe it is time for same sex marriage to be recognized.
Second, we should recognize that while we may believe that this decision will have negative impacts on the state of the family in our culture, it reflects where our society actually is today and the direction it is going. This is our reality. Some may not like it, but we must remember that this is nothing new for followers of Jesus. Throughout history Christians have lived in societies that were often militantly at odds with the values and beliefs of Jesus followers. In fact, Jesus said that is exactly what we are called to do. We are to be light in the darkness. Light doesn’t try to get the darkness declared illegal. It just shines. That’s what we must do. As Paul wrote in Philippians 2:15 we should “shine like stars in the universe.” You only see those stars shining when it is dark outside.
The church can still recognize marriage as being a holy, divine covenant between a man and a woman. In fact, the best way Christians can respond to the direction our society is taking is to be examples. The most powerful thing we can do is to demonstrate the beauty of a Christ-centered, Spirit controlled marriage. Healthy, truly loving, God honoring marriages will still make a loud statement to a world in need of truth and hope. Our world desperately needs to see, perhaps now more than ever, that a truly healthy and happy family is possible and what it looks like. The most counter-cultural, obedient to God thing we can do is love our spouses and children with the infinite love of Christ. Rather than curse the darkness, let us rededicate ourselves to shining the light.