In the April 2017 issue of Tabletalk Magazine, Al Mohler wrote a sobering, if not somewhat pessimistic, article called The Revolution Demands Unconditional Surrender, in which he evaluates a May 2016 essay by Harvard Law School professor Mark Tushnet declaring a liberal victory in the Culture Wars. With the national legalization of same sex marriage wrought by Obergefell v. Hodges only a year earlier, Tushnet gleefully asserted that liberal causes no longer need to fear a Supreme Court reversal. Furthermore, the rest of the country must now embrace the LBGTQ agenda.
Mohler, while of course continuing to hold the Biblical position that homosexuality violates God’s Law, appears to concede that liberals have indeed won the Culture Wars and consequently will not tolerate dissent. In some respects, I guess he’s right. As he points out, Christian florists and bakers face choosing between catering same sex weddings and losing their businesses.
But as I read Mohler’s article, I kept wanting him to say the obvious. The United States of America may never return to Biblical sexual standards, and Christians will face increasing persecution for refusing to condone sinful lifestyles, but the Lord maintains complete control over the world.
By God’s providence, shortly after I read Mohler’s article, I read the first twelve psalms in the book of Psalms. Almost uniformly, each psalm lamented the power and presence of people who boldly defy God’s Law, but then declared God’s ultimate victory. Psalm 2, for example, literally says that the Lord will have the last laugh.
Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 “As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”
7 I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (ESV)
Currently, liberals enjoy their power in America, and they browbeat those of us who dare to stand for God’s righteousness. People like Mark Tushnet puff out their chests triumphantly, claiming dominance over their enemies. They forget that the Lord, although He permits their rebellion for the time being, will one day bring them under His judgment. As Christians, we must pray that the Holy Spirit will mercifully bring them to repentance before He comes to judge the earth.