No Shame Here

Rainbow ChurchThe recent Supreme Court ruling, admittedly a colossal disaster with very serious implications for Bible-believing Christians, has blessed me with a renewed sense  of urgency about proclaiming the Gospel. Our nation’s leaders have officially declared independence from the Lord’s authority, leaving the vast  majority of its citizens without any moral compass.

I suppose some politically-inclined evangelicals (on the conservative side) have the same  kind of hopes of overturning Obergefell v. Hodges that we had in 1980 of overturning Roe v. Wade, but neither battle can really be won. At least, not at the ballot box. As Pastor John MacArthur said so well in his recent sermon, We Will Not Bow, these two decisions merely demonstrate our culture’s degeneration.

In his  sermon, MacArthur contends that the United States now exposes itself as a reprobate nation, likening the national culture to the apostle Paul’s blistering description in Romans 1:18-32 (which I strongly encourage you to review before reading further in this post). Like him, I agree that our country has followed its European counterparts in rejecting both God and His principles. Accordingly, the Lord has let America have its way; He has withdrawn Himself.

Interestingly, two verses before his scathing prediction of humanity’s moral collapse, Paul set forth the beacon of  hope.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. ~~Romans 1:16 (ESV)

This verse never suggests that proclaiming the Gospel will result in mass conversions that will miraculously transform society. Again, verses 18-32 make it clear that most people prefer to follow their own lusts (even though those lusts lead them into all types of vile behavior) in favor of living holy lives that honor the Lord. The “power of  God for salvation” comes exclusively to believers as they hear God’s Word and respond in faith (see Romans 10:14-17).

The Oberfell decision signals  difficult times those of us who take God’s Word seriously. Professing Christians, even within evangelical circles, have already adjusted their theology to worldly techniques. As they begin to face economic and social pressure, those who lack depth in their relationships with Christ will either conceal their “convictions” or allow the  world to change their “understanding” of Scripture.

By God’s grace, however, I desire to remain faithful to Jesus Christ, remembering the cost He paid on the cross to atone for my sin. In my human weakness, I will want to shrink from taking a stand for the Gospel, but I know that the Holy Spirit will help me to remain steadfast in speaking the truth. I truly am not ashamed of the Gospel. But I would be extremely ashamed to align  myself with a culture that rejects it.

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