Church carries much of the blame on same-sex marriage ruling, Johnson writes

COMMENTARY

AndreDALLAS — Oh, cry me a river.

Quite frankly, these forthright remarks are directed specifically toward the modern-day church.

How dare we collectively murmur and complain?

How dare we collectively cry foul?

How dare we collectively utter unfair?

How dare we collectively label this, the day the Lord has made a sorrowful, low-spirited day in America when, in fact, a majority of the current events that are unfolding before our very eyes essentially is our fault, whether we want to admit it or not?

The United States Supreme Court on Friday rendered a nail-biting decision when it voted 5-4 in favor of same sex marriage nationwide, an unprecedented ruling President Obama described as “a victory for America.”

BLACK FRIDAY? The United States Supreme Court on Friday rendered a nail-biting decision when it voted 5-4 in favor of same sex marriage nationwide, an unprecedented ruling President Obama described as "a victory for America."  (Photo by Drew Angerer)

BLACK FRIDAY? The United States Supreme Court on Friday rendered a nail-biting decision when it voted 5-4 in favor of same sex marriage nationwide, an unprecedented ruling President Obama described as “a victory for America.” (Photo by Drew Angerer)

Such a historic development consequently sent shock waves throughout the modern-day church, news that to the dismay of the church, has prompted thousands upon thousands of believers to voice their anger and displeasure and repugnance with the nation’s highest court, thus express their desire to reunite and amend the plethora of differences and ill-feelings that have arisen amongst those within the walls of the modern-day church.

Surely, this new civil right, which came to fruition nearly 46 years to the day after a riot at New York’s Stonewall Inn that ushered in the modern gay rights movement, has set off a chain of reactions amongst the American people, regardless of their race, creed, or color.

Surely, this divided Supreme Court’s ruling on what undoubtedly has emerged as the most controversial issue in our nation to date subsequently has given way to mixed emotions, from college campuses to coffee shops to hair salons to grocery store lines, even the household of faith.

However, despite an unlikely ruling that made the U.S. the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide, the question that will undoubtedly linger for some time is: Who’s the blame for such a historic turn of events in which married same-sex couples will now be afforded the same legal rights and benefits as married heterosexual couples?

Given how maladjusted and dysfunctional things have become in communities across our nation, I’d say the modern-day church carries a majority of the blame for what has shaped up to a global same-sex marital mess, one that won’t merely become immovable until believers rededicate themselves to demonstrating the kind of love Jesus Christ commands us to exemplify according to John 13:34.

Consider: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another,” Jesus says.

Although Jesus, our High Priest Who was perfect in all His ways, encourages us to exhibit daily the kind of unyielding love He shows, how is it that the church essentially has tossed such a fruit of spirit by the wayside?

Furthermore, how has it that the modern-day church become just as disunified as the members of the church at Philippi to whom the Apostle Paul once issued letters?

Upon my move to Dallas from Memphis last year, I visited a nearby church in Cedar Hill, where the pastor shared with his congregation the slew of issues he senses are plaguing and crippling the church unlike never before.

To my recollection, gays and lesbians were never mentioned.

HERE TO STAY? In essence, the Supreme Court only made official Friday what was bound to happen all along, given the various signs and wonders we witness daily.  Needless to say, same-sex marriage is now constitutional nationwide, a historic unprecedented ruling we won’t merely see reversed, at least not in this lifetime. (Photo courtesy of ABC News)

HERE TO STAY? In essence, the Supreme Court only made official Friday what was bound to happen all along, given the various signs and wonders we witness daily.
Needless to say, same-sex marriage is now constitutional nationwide, a historic unprecedented ruling we won’t merely see reversed, at least not in this lifetime. (Photo courtesy of ABC News)

However, gossiping, back-biting, unforgiveness, and hatred, among other things, were cited by the preacher, all of which we are commanded to abstain from, as God commands us through Paul in a passage housed in Ephesians 4:31.

Consider: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice,” Paul wrote.

Which is to say that because the modern-day church has proven time and again to be a God-mandated organization that spends more time partaking in nonsense from which we are taught to steer clear, many now sense today’s church is starting to mirror that of the world when, in fact, it’s supposed to be the other way around.

So how dare we collectively murmur and complain?

How dare we collectively cry foul?

How dare we collectively utter unfair?

How dare we collectively label this, the day the Lord has made an inconsolable, comfortless day in our nation when, in fact, God’s manual specifically cautions us through Peter’s writing in 1 Peter 4:17: “For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”

For what it’s worth, the Supreme Court only made official Friday what was bound to happen all along, given the various signs and wonders we witness daily.

Needless to say, same-sex marriage is now constitutional nationwide, a historic, unprecedented ruling we won’t merely see reversed.

At least not in this lifetime.

So enough of the constant whining and finger-pointing and playing the blame game.

The nation’s highest court’s ruling was rendered in favor of gays and lesbians, in large part because of the continuous disunity in the modern-day church.

Which is to say that until the church cleans its figurative snotty nose, we can’t possibly expect the world to follow suit.

Oh, cry me a river.

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to andre@memphisport.net. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Comments

  1. Glenda Pearson says:

    Amen and amen…no different than the modern-day churches in Memphis being responsible for the majority of what ills the city. Until the modern-day church arises from her slumber and stop being a money-making machine, our nation will continue to suffer.

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