What has changed?

So now same-sex marriage is legal all across the United States. For some it is cause for rejoicing in the streets. Others hang their head in dismay. Many probably just don’t know what to think or feel. Some think this is the end of America, or the end of marriage, or the end of the world. Some feel like they can finally just be who they want to be.

And now more changes are on the horizon. We’ve changed the legal definition of marriage nationwide, and what’s next? How will this affect our churches, our schools, and our families? What other changes are coming?

These fears and more I’m hearing in conversations and reading all over online, even as other voices urge caution, acceptance, resistance, and temperance. But the question that keeps running through my head?

What really has changed?

Another country has passed another law to vindicate sin. What has changed?

People who live in sin have the legal system on their side. What has changed?

Religious hypocrites now have another “societal evil” to gossip about, while they ignore their own vices. What has changed?

God’s Word is not the source and guide of our culture – human emotion and reasoning is. What has changed?

The Church is asked to abandon God’s Word and embrace worldly philosophies. What has changed?

If the Church is to remain true to its Lord, it will face trouble, hostility, and persecution. What has changed?

I’m called to love, lead, appreciate, and pursue my wife – and I will still struggle to do so faithfully. What has changed?

I’m called to raise godly children who know their Savior and are guided by God’s Word – and I will still struggle to do so faithfully. What has changed?

I’m called to speak the truth in love to my community and the world – and I will still struggle to do so faithfully. What has changed?

The Gospel is the only solution for a fallen world. What has changed?

The Gospel is the only solution for a fallen man like me. What has changed?

Jesus loves sinners, died for them that they may be free, and calls people to himself through his Word. What has changed?

Jesus wants you. Every part of you. And he wants you to trust that his plan for your life is better than anything you could want or think to ask for. What has changed?

What really has changed?

Just Another Sunday

Today is Easter Sunday, but for many people in the world – and even our country – it is just another Sunday. Maybe they are getting together with family, maybe they are exchanging baskets of gifts or watching the kids go hunting for eggs. But in the grand scheme of their year it isn’t all that big of a deal.

But for Christians it is another story altogether. We gathered in droves this morning to celebrate our Risen Savior! We put on our best Sunday clothes, we smiled and hugged one another and wished everyone we could a “Happy Easter” because we are filled with joy today. We rose early for sunrise services and joined in fellowship over Easter breakfast, we sang hymns with full hearts and full voices. Our musicians gave their best to add to our worship, to give our best to Jesus, who died for us, and rose from the dead.

It is quite a lot of effort… for just another Sunday. Because, after all, that’s all it is.

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