A Response to May 14's "Vote" in Minnesota
A mentor of mine, Paul Anderson, wrote this in response to same-gender marriage becoming legal in Minnesota this week. He's given me permission to post it. Some wise words.
To Friends in the Church,
What if we lost a political election and won greater support in heaven, that we responded in such a way that we were not overcome by evil but overcame evil with good?
What if as a result of May 14 our churches became safer places for those struggling with same-sex identities so that they came out of hiding and found true freedom rather than staying in silence, shame, and fear?
What if gay and lesbian couples who expected retaliation received compassion instead, that they discovered that we were angry with the adversary of their souls, not them, that our anger grew for sin and decreased for sinners?
What if the Church chose to upgrade its confidence in the throne of God as the battle grows worse?
What if God was so honored by the response of the Church that it received fresh anointing to walk in its authority as lights in a dark world? What if rather than withdrawing more from the world we invaded it with more Christ-like presence?
What if we took the loss so seriously that we intensified our efforts in heartfelt prayer?
What if we saw the weeds growing among the wheat and thought more of the return of Christ, that with wickedness growing, so did righteousness?
What if heaven was honored by our response and hell was surprised and thrown off balance?
What if we focused on strengthening our marriages as a result of the loss?
What if ministries reaching out to people with identity issues gained influence in the homosexual community, that they saw such a difference that they were baffled?
What if we humbled ourselves under the mighty hand of God so that He chose to exalt us to walk more fully into our destiny to the point that broken people saw us as we truly are in God?
What if we chose not to respond to evil with evil so that our holiness became attractive rather than repulsive, that we had a Jesus response instead of a Pharisee response?
What if rather than backing down and growing discouraged we prayed more, loved more, gave more, and won more?
What if our loss caused us to better understand God’s heart for lost and unredeemed people?
What if pastors and elders led the charge with new-found courage and this became a moment for the Church to rise up?
What if individuals and congregations felt like never before the seriousness of the battle we wage against the forces of darkness so that we equipped ourselves with the armor that God makes available to us in Christ?
What if we lost the battle but still win the war?