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Bring it on

By Duane Garner

As you have read this morning, our Supreme Court has joined the agenda to redefine the word “marriage” and has ruled in favor of nationwide recognition of “gay marriage”.

So what now? Are we going to be accused of hate speech and be subject to prosecution for reading Romans 1 out loud and actually believing it? Are Christian pastors going to be sued or arrested if we refuse to joyfully preside over homo weddings? Are churches who believe the Bible going to lose their 501c3 status, and perhaps their property, if they stand on God’s word?

Well if any of this is coming, I have three words. Bring. It. On.

You see, God has a way of disguising victory as defeat. Just look at the cross. Things that look bad on the outside always have this way of working out in ways that put us in a better position than we were before. God destroys old worlds so that He can bring us into new worlds that are even more glorious than what came before.

This is an incredibly exciting time that we’re living in where the enemy is overplaying his hand, showing everything he has. You know what happens next right? You’ve read the Bible. God allows the demons to stir themselves up and expose themselves so that they can be marked out for destruction.

Last night I was reading “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” to my family and we got to the part where all the beasts and ghouls and monsters were making this disgusting display of mockery and frolicking and partying over Aslan as he was going to his death at the hands of the White Witch. By all appearances, evil had won. I imagine we will see a very similar party going on all over this country today. But you remember what happens in the next chapter. The resurrected Aslan returns to destroy his enemies.

So remember Psalm 2 today.

1 Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
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 break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”

4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
6 “Yet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.”

God is not wringing His hands, nor is He fretting or anxious today. He is laughing. He is belly-laughing at the folly, and the stupidity and the false sense of power that these wicked men are displaying. He is laughing because He knows what is going to happen next.

So we need to rejoice too. Yes, I’m sad for what is lost. It is upsetting to think of all that is being stripped away that we are never going to get back, and all the lost potential. We thought once upon a time that this was a country where the Christian faith had taken root and where we could raise our families in freedom and peace.

But God is reminding us, like Abraham, that we are looking forward to a better country. We are looking for the city God has prepared. And for all the thanks we can still give to God for all the blessings we enjoy in this nation, it doesn’t come close to the blessing and joy that comes from being a citizen of that heavenly country.

So take heart! Rejoice! Do not despair. Repent of your sins. Sing the Psalms. Love your family. Worship faithfully. Serve those you are called to serve. Keep on doing what you are doing. And do not fear the wicked. There is no future in their plans or their behaviors.

Don’t snivel and quail like cowardly Saul in the face of Goliath’s threats. If the wicked want a fight, say what David said: “Bring it on.”

In Psalm 2, Yahweh says to the Son, “Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

Thanks be to God.

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