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Marriage Amendment pt 3

The Aftermath

To the Church:

I want to remind us on the day after the vote on Amendment 1 in NC to pursue unity together. Remember the words of Christ in John 13: “by this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” He goes on to pray for the unity of the saints in John 17.21 “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”  Here is how that applies to us today: We are not two factions. We are one body. Satan would use this day to rip the church & wound it deeply. Brothers & sisters please hear Christ’s words, for the world’s eye is tightly focused on the church right now.

1. If you were FOR amendment 1:

  • some of your brothers & sisters in your faith family feel a deep tragedy has struck in NC. You cannot take that lightly. Regardless of whether or not you agree with them, you must acknowledge their loss. That means flippant tweeting & passing comments, virtual or physical fist pounding, are all entirely unwise.
  • It means though this was not a religious vote, you can be assured it cost the evangelical church something with the non-christian population. Why? because the church was positioned (rightly or not) as the driving force behind this amendment. As a body, we should grieve people are associating the church with a political position something of being “for” Christ.
  • You have the opportunity to set the tone for non-christians who agree with you here. Do not waste the chance to explain how Christ, not law, is the only ultimate hope for marriage.
  • So I ask you to pray for unity among those in your church. Seek reconciliation where necessary & be ready & willing to repent where you may have gone to far in expressing your view on this thing. Remember, you may be wrong in your political views, but you are not wrong in the gospel.

2. If you were AGAINST Amendment 1:

  • You have a significant task. You must likewise grieve over any division this has caused in your local body of believers. Not only that, you must pursue unity with those you personally disagreed with over this issue. Unity will cost you because instead of lashing out in anger, you must unite with your faith family around the gospel. So by absorbing that anger, you will pay for it instead of those you feel deserve it. And I do believe this is where believing the gospel will sharpen you. I do not say that lightly at all.
  • You must remember the church is full of sinners. Do not give up on her. As Augustine said “The Church is a whore, but she’s my mother.” This is not worth breaking fellowship over. Instead, leverage this as an opportunity to show how the gospel brings unity in diversity. And remember, you may be wrong in your political views, but you are not wrong on the gospel.
  • You have an opportunity to relay the gospel to those non-christians whom you may agree with on this issue. Do not miss the chance to explain how Christ, not law, is the only ultimate hope for marriage.

To all: the gospel unifies. so dive deeply into it this week!

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