David French of National Review wrote an excellent article called “The Church Will Survive Gay Marriage if It Sticks to Its Guns.” Here are a bit of what he had to say – all of it very pertinent:
Even before the Supreme Court concocted a constitutional right to gay marriage, American religious liberty was being systematically undermined. There were widespread efforts to exclude orthodox Christian organizations from American colleges and universities, occasional attempts to literally coerce Christians into voicing support for homosexual conduct, and well-known efforts to destroy businesses that aren’t willing to participate in gay weddings.
All of this is worrisome, and all of it should be resisted, but none of it represents an existential threat to the church. The only real threat is surrender – caving to the cultural, legal, and political forces demanding conformity. The church can and will survive persecution. It will not survive faithlessness. This is both a theological and historical truth.
In previous pieces, I’ve amply documented the decline and fall of the Protestant Mainline, those churches – like the United Churches of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA) – that abandoned biblical orthodoxies decades ago, in the name of cultural relevance and “inclusion.” Some are declining so precipitously that they may cease to exist within a generation. Already we’re seeing similar signs of decline in those Evangelical churches that are abandoning biblical truth on questions of sex, family, and marriage.
Sure, there will be a few individual congregations that thrive – at least for a time – by embracing the social change the Left ha to offer, but at the end of the day, a church that conforms to the world is no church at all. It’s a social club that asks for money.
Defiance, however, means more than merely ensuring that your church or your Christian school doesn’t change its policies. It means more than still donating to your church even if the day comes when you can’t deduct the contribution. It means a willingness to lose your job, your prosperity, and the respect of your peers. It means saying no every time you are compelled to applaud or participate in the sexual revolution. It means standing beside fellow Christians who face persecution or job loss – not just shaking your head and thinking, “There but for the grace of God…” It means having the courage to proclaim an opposing message – even during mandatory diversity training, even when you fear you might lose your job, and even when you’re terrified about making your mortgage payment. And through it all, it means being kind to your enemies – blessing those who persecute you.
But being kind to one’s enemies does not mean surrendering to them.
God will always preserve His people. All we have to fear are our own buckling knees.
Well said! If you’d like to read the entire article, it’s here.