Meet Lady Justice

Lady Justice

Many Christians are reeling from the recent Supreme Court decision to make the legalization of same sex marriages federal law. The flood of emotions over this recent decision are immeasurable but one thing is certain, the church, the Biblical church, must rise up and seek to accurately represent Christ in everything we say and do in regards to this important issue. There is no doubt, that this is a serious game changer with vast implications.

Many are familiar with the statue or symbol which has been equated with our judicial system for decades. Her name is “Lady Justice”, or Justia (the Latin name for the Roman Goddess of justice). She is most easily recognized by the “balanced scales” she holds in her hand, intended to represent how well balanced the decisions of our courts are. The huge question among Biblical Christians today is “How well balanced was the recent decision to redefine marriage and make same-sex marriage federal law?”

Tragically the scale has been tipped, and time will tell as to how “balanced” and “tolerant” people will be with the right for Christians to hold fast to a Biblical view of marriage.

“A just balance and scales are the LORD’s; all the weights in the bag are his work. It is an abomination to kings to do evil, for the throne is established by righteousness. Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right.” (Proverbs 16:11–13, ESV)

I could not help but appreciate, and reflect on how timely, my daily Bible reading was this morning as Peter and John are brought before the Sanhedrin (the Supreme Court of the Jews) for preaching truth:

“Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people, and commanded them to put the apostles outside for a little while. And he said to them: “Men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men. For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody. A number of men, about four hundred, joined him. He was slain, and all who obeyed him were scattered and came to nothing. After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census, and drew away many people after him. He also perished, and all who obeyed him were dispersed. And now I say to you, keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.”” (Acts 5:34–39, NKJV)

This is not a battle against the Supreme Court or the LGTB community, but rather a battle against principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this age, and spiritual hosts of wickedness in the evil places (Eph 6:12). The devil is described as being able to disguise himself as an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14). He does this for the ultimate purpose of blinding people with deceptions of the truth. What is happening in our nation on this issue is a great deception.

“With all due respect to the court, it did not define marriage, and therefore is not entitled to re-define it.” Franklin Graham,

You may have noticed that Lady Justice is often blindfolded and wondered why? According to one source:

“The blindfold represents objectivity, in that justice is or should be meted out objectively, without fear or favour, regardless of money, wealth, power, or identity; blind justice and impartiality.”

Christians today must take courage and be willing to stand up for truth, in obedience to God rather than man as did Peter and John.

“But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”” (Acts 5:29–32, NKJV)

As I thought about Lady Justice and her being blindfolded I could not help but think about the words which Jesus spoke to the liberal religious leaders of the day…

““Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!” (Matthew 23:23–24, NKJV)

What should our response to this decision be? To abide in Jesus, to remain in Him in every sense of the word. To find our peace and our comfort and our security in Jesus alone.

“You better be ready and you better be prepared, because it’s coming (persecution), there will be persecution for our stand (on this issue of same-sex marriage).” Franklin Graham

As I said in this past Sunday’s message, “The Inextricable Connection”, there will be many professing Bible believing Christians who will give in to the liberal thinking on this matter, but we must as Bible believing Christians at large, stand immovable. Do we really even know what true persecution is. When you read through church history you see the number of people who were burned and tortured for standing firm on the truths of Scripture. We must be ready and willing to do that, no matter what. However, we must not act foolishly in our own strength. We must be very selective and discerning in how we engage in our conversations and responses. We must be selective in the articles we read and the venues in which we express our feelings on the issue. We must let the Spirit of God lead, rather than our flesh. In fact, the only sword we should ever pull out of the sheath is the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, for it will always answer far better than we ever could.

Most of all, in all that we do it must be done through prayer, in God’s love, and for His glory.

“Christians know what is coming, not only because we see it in the Bible, but because we have tasted the sorrowful fruit of our own sins. We do not escape the truth that we reap what we sow. Our marriages, our children, our churches, our institutions — they are all troubled because of our sins. The difference is: We weep over our sins. We don’t celebrate them. We don’t institutionalize them. We turn to Jesus for forgiveness and help. We cry to Jesus, “who delivers us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10).” John Piper

If you have any questions or comments at all about this post, I would truly love to hear from you and will do my best to respond to each one.

Resources…

Listed below are several articles, videos, etc. which I would encourage you read and view and pray through. I have listed them in alphabetical order and in no particular order of importance. They are meant to be points of information to you in order that you might come to your own Spirit led conclusions on this issue. Above all, what is most important, is that we have a well rounded Biblical perspective. Same-sex marriage isn’t going to go away and more than ever we must first know what the Bible says and then, without hesitation, do what the Bible says.

“Can I Attend My LGBT Friend’s Wedding”, Brian Brodersen

“Franklin Graham Warns Gay Marriage Ruling Will Lead To Christian Persecution”, Fox News

“God Defines Marriage, Not The Supreme Court”, Franklin Graham

“Is Gay Now the New Black?”, Voddie Baucham

“More Thoughts On Attending An LGBT Friend’s Wedding”, Brian Brodersen

“Should I Attend My Homosexual Friend’s Wedding?”, Kevin DeYoung

“So-Called Same Sex Marriage”, John Piper

“The Briefing Special Edition: Supreme Court Ruling on Same Sex Marriage”, Albert Mohler

A Brief Theology of Sleep

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A dear friend of mine, Ben Spector, who is serving full time in the mission field in Croatia sent me this great article entitled, “A Brief Theology of Sleep” by John Piper. I have shared many of his thoughts on why we have to sleep, and thought of all the things I could do if I didn’t have to.

I love what he says, “Sleep is a daily reminder from God that we are not God.” Now that makes sense doesn’t it. I had never thought of it that way but that certainly settles it for me.

Thanks Ben, definitely a short but good read. Check it out here.