I have been contemplating on how to respond to the decision of the Supreme Court to legalize same sex marriage in all 50 states.

I will first say, “I am a Christian. I am a follower of Christ. I believe in every Word of the Bible. I am against same sex relationships. I am against many things.”

In light of this decision, I have to think about what the future will hold for my family and my church. Not just my local church, but what will happen to the Church as a whole. We will be discriminated because we stand up for what is right. Our churches’ tax exempt status will disappear. Our pastors may suffer financially and even run the risk of being jailed.

I have made a decision myself, dear Supreme Court. I will live my life for Christ even more each day. I will not sit down and be complacent anymore. I will love others, but make it clear that there are many things that I do not condone. A sin is a sin. My human nature wants to “rate” sins. But my God does not. So, I will not only stand up for marriage the way God intended. I will also stand up for peace, justice, mercy, love, kindness and all the things that Christ taught us.

Maybe if the Church would be the Church Jesus intended us to be, we would not be where we are today. It is time to be the Church of the book of Acts. Maybe more of us need to be getting callouses on our knees because of being in prayer so long……and paper cuts for having turning the pages of the Word so much….and exhaustion from serving others….and joy from spreading the Gospel to all who will hear.