Amid the craziness of last week’s SCOTUS decision and the heart break that accompanied it, conservative evangelicals reacted strongly. Dare I say, even panicked? This is not to say this panic is miss placed, but what ensued was a firestorm of righteous concern, and in some cases dogmatic judgment. As much as I love my country, there is no doubt I myself am greatly concerned with what this decision means for the future of conservatives like me.
After hearing the ruling on Friday the leadership of the church I have the honor of pastoring, jumped into high gear as we prepared for Sunday’s service. At one point over the weekend I received 34 emails in a 20 minute period!!! Then Sunday morning came around, all my study and prep was done, I had prayed God’s blessing over the service, and then I get word a critical part of the service was forgotten. We were supposed to partake of the Lord’s Supper Sunday, and somehow communication broke down. I realized this could easily be a distraction from what the Lord wanted to do so I gave it to the Lord, and continued getting ready for the service. As I walked into the foyer before service, I was greeted by one of my members weeping. Her 11 year old granddaughter had just been hit by a truck while leaving a swim meet. I hugged this sweet lady and prayed with her right there in the foyer. My Associate Pastor (who is a God send!) went with her to meet her family at the hospital.
At this point I am beginning to understand there is an attack under way. As a result of the SCOTUS decision, my leadership team (elders) agreed on an amendment to our by-laws. This was done to establish our beliefs in the Biblical definition of marriage as one man and one woman, and will serve as notice that we will not waiver from this truth. It became clear to me, the enemy was going to try and do what he could to stop this, or distract us from our purpose. During our time of prayer I shared my warning to the church of the impending attack; then we prayed diligently for our country and our church. The service proceeded smoothly and the Gospel of Jesus was proclaimed unashamedly.
Monday rolls around, and I am looking at my weekly calendar. I was scheduled for a lunch with a good friend, and then was planning on heading down to the medical center in Houston to visit the young girl who had been hit the day before (her whole family are members of our church). My lunch served as a great encouragement as I listened to my dear friend talk about what the Lord was doing through him, and how he was being used to further the Gospel. We even had the chance to pray for our server, Tristan.
Leaving lunch I checked emails, and noticed an urgent message. A gentleman whom I have never met, and has never visited our church had called and left a message for the pastor to call him back. I returned the call while I was driving south on I-45 into the heart of Houston. I listened to this man sob as he told me he had betrayed the trust of his wife, and his life was in shambles. I asked him point blank, if he know where he would go today if he died. His response was, “I think Heaven.” I asked him if he wanted to make sure of it, and he responded yes. I asked him a few questions and explained the truths of the Gospel, then led him in a prayer where he professed Christ as Lord, and confessed his sins.
I set up a meeting with this man, whom I have yet to meet, for this week, and hung up the phone. As I did, I was overwhelmed with emotion. I was reminded, what we see around us is par for the course. We know Jesus said the day will come… It has started. Who knows how long before Christ will return for His Bride, but what I do know is this; King Jesus is still reining on His heavenly throne, He still saves the lost, and He still wins in the end. This served as a great reminder on two fronts: He is sovereign and in control, none of this comes as a surprise to him, and my job is to lead others to him. I am saddened, heartbroken, and disgusted by my countries decision, but ultimately it is not my job to play judge and jury. Christ will do that perfectly! It is my job to be usable, and ensure as many people know about King Jesus as I can possibly tell. What a holy reminder. Father, use me!