Our nation has faced two major pivotal moments in our history where we deliberately shook our fist at God and turned away. The first was in 1973 when the Supreme Court of the United States said it was not only deemed legal to slaughter an unborn child, but also it was put in a nice politically correct package and sold as “choice.”
The second moment happened on Friday June 26th, 2015. The Supreme Court legalized homosexual marriage in all fifty states. With no regard to the Constitution in their actions, they took something detestable to God and enshrined it in the United States Constitution. What happened that morning will forever change the way people of faith are treated in this nation. What happened the morning of the 26th not only legalized same-sex marriage but also forced a new reality of “you must now not only tolerate sin, but you must celebrate sin.”
I realize there are other moments in our history when we fell morally as a nation, but these two moments stick out as defining, history-marking moments where we will never be the same again.
So how did we handle it?
Expecting the ruling we got, I thought I was prepared. I’ve spent the last 10 years of my life in “warning” mode. When the moment came, I braced myself. I wasn’t prepared. Our bodies were created to handle these kinds of emotions differently. Some of the feelings range from anger to denial, disbelief, helplessness, despair, or even to empowerment. Some use humor and some are broken with grief. When the gay marriage ruling happened, I think I felt every single one of those emotions (some of them all at the same time). Most of these emotions are healthy and necessary. They are God-given emotions that help us deal with realities that may be hard to face. Like grieving, it’s a process.
However, for me, I had a huge problem. In the grieving process I got stuck. You see, I have been fighting on the front lines for over ten years… I knew what this ruling meant to people of faith. As I saw the celebration on the street, I knew what was ahead for us. I went through all the emotions….fear… unbelief… anger… withdrawal… and back to fear.
Just as I had warned, before the ink was dry, people of faith began to receive the attacks. One week after the ruling Aaron and Melissa Klein received their punishment for not baking a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. They were not only charged $135,000.00, but also they were told they were now required to participate in gay nuptials. Worst of all, they were also silenced. They are no longer allowed to talk about where they stand on marriage in public. Yes, you heard it right. Freedom of speech no longer exists in America.
When this ruling came, I was overwhelmed with fear and hopelessness. It impacted me physically. I couldn’t breathe! My heart was racing and I sobbed. As I turned my computer off for the evening, my eyes caught a post on my Facebook page from a guy I had never met named David. He wrote:
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her Husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Come, Lord Jesus, come. May we be like the virgins who were ready, with lamps trimmed. Monica Boyer, let’s stay encouraged~
And then he posted the song from Passion called “Even so Come.”
At that moment, I remembered a sermon my pastor gave numerous times called, “Where is your default button?” For years he had warned us these times would come. Persecution would hit American soil. He would say, “Everyone of us has a default button we unknowingly press every time the heat is turned up. Some turn to their addictions, some escape, and some like me… hit the “fear” button. Eighteen years he spoke truth to our family, warning us to set our default button to Jesus. He taught us how to do it by memorizing Scripture, worshiping, and clinging so closely to Christ that HE IS that default button.
So where was my disconnect?
I always thought Christ was my default button… until the heat was turned up and I read the words my brother in Christ wrote on my Facebook wall…. My default button was set on fear.
We are living in a new time my friends. It’s a scary time… but it’s not a time for fear. We should NOT back down one single step. In fact, quite the opposite; we need to step it up! While we educate ourselves and those around us, we cannot fall into the grip of fear. Do you know why? We’ve read the end of the book! Our God has not moved an inch. He is still in control, even in the darkness.
You can make a difference in the darkness without letting fear control you. You can step out boldly without fear when your default button is set on Christ. It’s going to get dark. It’s going to get scary. If you are not careful, you can let the enemy reset your default to fear and not even know it.
I challenge you today to check yourself. Where is your default button? If you’ve let the enemy reprogram it…. take it back. Get in the Word and memorize His promises. Put them in your core, and then get back to work. Notice I did not say memorize Scripture and then go hide from it all. Memorize it and USE it when things get dark.
- Ephesians 6:10-18 : 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God,so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
- Isaiah 54:17: No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the Lord.
- 2 Timothy 1:7 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
- Exodus 14:13: And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.
- Joshua 1:9: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Where is your default button? Fear or freedom?
What are some of your default verses? List them in the comments section.