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A Liberating Opportunity - Why the recent SCOTUS decision is a gift to the church.

A Liberating Opportunity?
Why the SCOTUS decision is a gift to the Church of Jesus

On the morning of Friday, June 26th, as our news feeds filled up with the Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage, I was sitting on my couch in a self-imposed time out. I'd recused myself from an event our church had facilitated because of a threat the city received from an atheist group. This group was afraid that I would violate the constitutional separation of church and state. I wasn't going to violate any laws. I was only going to share my love of soccer with some children. Instead of kicking a soccer ball around, all I could do was to kick the court's decision around in my mind.

It took a couple of days, but I began to experience a "what-the-enemy-intended-for-evil-God-intended-for-good-moment". I am quickly coming to the conclusion that the ruling on this unnecessarily polarizing issue of gay marriage, is actually a gift to the church. This isn't an article on the rights, wrongs, and responsibilities that come with human sexuality but an advocacy towards the great opportunity that now lies before the church. It is a call to the church to remember the "hope for which we are called". 

Immediately

When it comes to issues of pace, forward motion and getting things done in a timely manner, generally the Church finds itself on the slower end of the spectrum. So many good ideas never take off because of the "we'll get to that tomorrow" syndrome. So many kingdom actions never materialize because we need to wait for a large number of factors to perfectly align. We justify our slowness with the defense of "it must not be God's timing" or with cries of "Jesus calls us to rest/Sabbath/slowness". But the reality is that scripture paints a different picture of the expediency with which we must usher in His kingdom. The beginnings of Jesus' ministry are marked with the immediacy of the task at hand – boldly saying that now is the time to get things done.

As I was reading through the beginning of Jesus' ministry as told by Mark, I was struck by how many times the word "immediately" is used. It is the most common word in the first chapter of Mark, used eight times, while the next couple of chapters are full of examples of how Jesus continued to live immediately. The gospel didn't begin slowly. It begun with speed, passion and intensity – it had a fast paced immediacy about it. Consider the following...

When we put our hands in His...

The Psalmist tells us that God's hands are faithful, fair and trustworthy (Psalm 111:7). It makes joyful sense to commit everything about us into His hands (Psalm 31:5). It is there that we are safe, secure and where our heart finds its resting place. Yet, because he is so adventurous, Jesus invites us not to simply hide under His hand, but hold it as we journey with Him on an incredible adventure. As we put our palm into His and as we let Him lead us forward, there are privileges, responsibilities and discoveries that are beyond anything that we can grasp.

Recently, I have been looking at the life of one of God's greatest leaders – Moses – and seeing what God did as Moses slipped his hand into God's and walked with Him. As I share these hand holding moments, know that the same God who did these things with Moses wants to do them with you.

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