Breaking News: The Culture War is over. We lost. Once and for all, we can finally stop debating whether or not the United States is a Christian nation.
The Supreme Court decision this week that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right sent many in the Church reeling. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Only seven years ago, incoming President Barak Obama himself affirmed the legitimacy of one man-one woman marriage. How could the world suddenly change overnight?
That’s exactly what a frog might shout from a kettle when the water begins to boil. In fact, the disintegration of the moral fabric of these United States has been a long time coming.
- In 1962 the US Supreme Court banned prayer in public schools. A year later, the same court outlawed Bible reading in classrooms. Basic math reveals that was over half a century ago. Who knew?
- Only ten years later, the high court ruled that abortion is a constitutional right. The historical priority of protecting human life at all costs was suddenly voted out, although only nine citizens were voting. For the first time ever, the right to privacy trumped the right to life.
- It was 2005 when the court ruled that displaying the Ten Commandments in a courthouse is unconstitutional; despite the fact there are scriptural truths engraved in the walls of the Supreme Court building.
- In 2013, the current justices overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, which decreed the term “marriage” in all US laws refers to heterosexual marriage.
Decades ago when the courts first began to undermine Christian values in our society, American churches recognized a shot had just been fired across the bow. But rather than being awakened to confess our sins and call upon the power of Heaven, congregations hoped for a quicker remedy: political action. We chose to rely upon the government as the defender of truth and values. Pastors began to mount voter drives and rate political candidates. Why fast and pray and evangelize the next generation when it was so much easier to slap on a bumper sticker and drive to a voting booth once every four years?
Now we realize that he who lives by political action also dies by political action. When truth and virtue are decided by ballots, you’re always only one vote away from disaster.
As Russell Moore has observed, the Supreme Court cannot vote Jesus back into the tomb. Neither can conservative Christians vote Him back to his rightful place in this nation. The battle is for hearts and minds, not ballots. The campaign that looms ahead of us is the true work of the Church: once again becoming the salt of the earth, the light of the world.
Let not your heart be troubled. We now find ourselves where most of the saints throughout most of our history have lived: on the edge. This time, let’s leap!
Lift up the Cross!