In this episode of Exploring Hope, Keith Whitfield and Ed Stetzer discuss how the Church responds to the LGBT community. In this “new normal” after the Obergefell v. Hodges SCOTUS decision how do Christians love our fellow image bearers well?
J.D. Greear recently published an article on how, “Every one of us is preparing for marriage.” In it he states:
Single Christians are preparing for marriage—but marriage to God, not to another person. Seen from this perspective, in fact, we’re all preparing for marriage. Some of us won’t experience marriage on this earth. But that doesn’t mean singles miss marriage completely. No, they will simply skip the shadow of earthly marriage and go straight to the substance of the heavenly marriage with Jesus Christ.
The ironic thing about preparing for marriage to Christ is that if and when you do find your spouse, you’ll be ready for them. Far too often we obsess about finding the right person, when Scripture counsels us to become the right person. As Andy Stanley says it, “Are you the person that the person you’re looking for…is looking for?”
Practically speaking, what does this kind of “ultimate marriage preparation” look like?
To read the entire blog post, head over to J.D.’s blog.
Below is an excerpt from J.D. Greear’s blogpost on, “Trying to respond like Jesus to the SCOTUS pronouncement on same-sex marriage.”
1. The institutionalizing of same-sex marriage did not redefine marriage; rather, it is the fruit of a redefinition of marriage. Same-sex marriage is one star in a constellation of changes arising from a rejection of God’s pattern for family, a rejection that began decades ago. Many are amazed at the speed at which the cultural revolution on same-sex marriage took place, but that is because our society long ago rejected the Creator’s basic pattern for sex and relationships. When we enthroned our desires, rather than God’s designs, as the ultimate arbiter for what is right and wrong in relationships, the acceptance of same-sex marriages became inevitable. Improvisations on God’s designs have disastrous effects on society as a whole–most notably on the children–and this improvisation will be no different.
2. Now more than ever we, as Christians, should realize that we are citizens of another Country. We have grown accustomed to living in a country quite hospitable to our faith, and we should be exceedingly grateful for that. But we should also realize that this has been a privilege almost unknown in Christian history.
To read the entire article visit J.D.’s blog here.