Unless you've been living under a rock, of course you know that the Supreme Court of this once-great country ruled that all states must recognize "same sex marriage."
And the response has been loud on both sides.
Since I am a Christian I am, of course, dismayed that this country has, to a large degree, embraced "same sex marriage," but I'm certainly not surprised by the ruling.
I'm not even outraged.
See, sisters, this battle wasn't lost in a courtroom last week. This battle was lost decades ago in Christian homes across the nation.
It was lost in front of television screens and in movie theaters when we accepted ungodly behavior in the name of entertainment.
It was lost in ballot boxes, on editorial pages, and in the news. When we chose ungodly men and women to lead this country, what direction did we think the national would travel? When we refused to confront the media who calls evil good and good evil, didn't we realize how they would sway the country?
It was lost in classrooms, from kindergarten to graduate school, where we not only sent our children, but directed them to learn from ungodly men and women teaching curriculum that flouts God and His Word.
It was lost in our family discussions and in our church buildings when we turned a blind eye to sexual immorality and the corruption of marriage many years ago.
The battle was lost decades ago because we forgot how to blush - and eventually we no longer cared.
We have forgotten that the same God who calls homosexual intercourse sin also says the same about premarital sex (Galatians 5:19-21) and unscriptural remarriage (Matthew 5:32). The same God who defined marriage as being between one man and one woman, also defined it to be so for life (Matthew 19:8).
Even more than that, this same God who says that sexual immorality is a sin says the same about lying (Revelation 21:8) and jealousy (Galatians 5 again). This God who we have looked to to define marriage gives us other definitions too. According to Him, greed is idolatry (Colossians 3:5), and selfishness is the path to death (Luke 9:24).
To be outraged about the SCOTUS ruling is like being shocked when your doctor diagnoses you with cancer after a life spent smoking and eating garbage food. This ruling is merely a confirmation of what Christians should have seen all along: We are a nation morally adrift - a nation who has, for many years, eschewed God's Word - and for the most part, Christians have rolled with it.
However, all is not lost. There are things we can do to turn this nation around - but dire situations call for drastic action. To change the culture in which we live, we will have to do crazy things. Bold things. Radical things.
We'll need to start actually living like Christians.
We'll need to read our Bibles - and obey what we find in them. (Why is it that we expect unbelievers to obey God's commands when His own people don't?)
We'll need to honor all of God's Word - even the parts we don't like, or that we have ignored for decades.
We'll need to address sin in our families and in our churches.
We'll need to sacrifice our comfort to follow Christ. (Back in the day that was called "denying yourself, picking up your cross, and following Jesus".)
We'll need to elect Godly men and women. Even if it hurts our pocketbooks.
We'll need to turn off the television more, and visit the box office less when what is seen there does not honor God.
We'll need to stop sacrificing our children on the altar of the government school system.
It starts with us:
Not too infrequently I see the latter part of the following Scripture offered as a comforting response to the sin around us. Notice, however, who has to change for the land to be healed: it's not "them"; it's "us."
[If] My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear them from heaven, and will forgiven their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)
It's time to stop talking like we're outraged about the sin around us, and start living like Christians.