Christians (and by that, I mean those who truly believe the Bible) have reason to feel concern over the Supreme Court’s disastrous decision on same sex marriage last summer. Because I live in Massachusetts, where the Supreme Judicial Court legalized same sex marriage eleven years ago, initially I didn’t feel quite as panic-stricken as people in other parts of the country did. The year that has followed Obergefell, however, has demonstrated that the federal ruling carries much weightier implications than our state ruling has. Grief and righteous indignation are as appropriate now as they were in 2005.
Certainly, I foresee more overt persecution of those who publicly oppose same sex marriage. Businesses have already been ruined for refusing to participate in same sex weddings, as in the case of Aaron and Melissa Klein. And consider this chilling op-ed piece, SCOTUS: Religious Freedom Must Bow To New Rights, from Townhall.com. In 17 states (beginning with Massachusetts), Catholic Charities had to make the agonizing choice between allowing same sex couples to adopt children from them (thus violating Catholic doctrine) or close their adoption agencies (which they did). And just over a month ago, President Obama mandated that public schools allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their perceived gender identity.
I have absolutely no doubt regarding a relationship between same sex marriage and the erosion of religious freedom. At the time of the ruling, the dissenting justices warned of a clash. As I write, the California State Assembly is considering a bill that would penalize Christian colleges from “discriminating” against LBGTQ students and employees. I firmly believe that the Obergefell decision has already opened the door to the persecution of Bible-believing Christians.
But my concern doesn’t mean last year’s decision alarms me. Neither does the fallout that has ensued. Since God is sovereign, this misruling only demonstrates that the Bible accurately predicted mankind’s progressive rebellion against Him.
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. ~~2 Timothy 3:1-5 (ESV)
While this passage doesn’t mention homosexuality specifically, it definitely describes the underlying attitudes of LGBT activists and their supporters. In fact, America’s legalization of same sex marriage comes from centuries of rejecting the Lord’s authority. Western society has always thumbed its nose at Him, but in recent decades, that defiance has intensified. Since Obergefell, as well as since the Orlando massacre, anger toward Bible-believing Christians has further escalated, so that most Americans believe it’s patriotic to fly rainbow flags. The very suggestion that homosexuality is sinful draws accusations of bigotry. Americans will no longer tolerate the Lord interfering with their sexuality!
Such rebellion should not surprise Christians. Scripture says that the Holy Spirit, Who has restrained humanity from giving full vent to its sinful inclinations, will remove His restraints just before Christ returns (see 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12). He will abandon people to their depravity in order to show the righteousness of His judgment and condemnation of those who reject His rule.
Therefore, I consider the Supreme Court’s misruling, in spite of its blatant disregard for the law of the Lord, to be an possible indication of Christ’s return! I don’t look forward to any persecution I may face as I stand for the truth that God designed marriage exclusively for opposite sex couples, but I most assuredly rejoice in anticipation of Christ returning and at last establishing His kingdom. My concern over the ramifications of Obergefell, though entirely justified, gives way to the joy of knowing I’ll see Him soon.