Three days after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all fifty states, I posted an article titled, “Pardon the Disobedience” and cited that the “days of the lukewarm Christian are nearing their end.” The thesis for my article was that as Christians, “We must continue to preach the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, with all the power of the Holy Spirit to bear, walking in healing where there is brokenness, standing in faith where there is skepticism, moving in miracles when there is nothing to work with, and live with purity within a place of immorality. We do those things no matter the public opinion, no matter the court orders, no matter the persecution.”
Evangelical leaders had been citing the idea of “civil disobedience” and my assertion was that the Bible has something better for us in the Acts 4 testimony. I write today with the same resolve and stand behind the anchors of Acts 4:18-20 and 5:29: “Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard ”(4:18-20). “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men (5:29). The name Kim Davis has splattered the Acts 4 testimony across the front pages of every media outlet in the country, and just about every Christian had an opinion on her actions.
I heard many people tsk-tsk Kim Davis from their lofty La-Z-Boy thrones because she didn’t “go about it the way I would have.” As many of us ran our motor mouths, Kim Davis was taking a stand, for she discerned the times and realized that the church has clamped its mouth shut all too many times in key moments. You may disagree with the way Kim Davis went about her business, but you cannot deny that she has given herself to obedience before God. When our obedience clashes against the world’s values, it will be messy. There cannot be a perfect scenario.
Did you all know that there were white bishops in Birmingham, Alabama, that wrote a letter to Martin Luther King Jr. to quit the rabble rousing in support of his dream to end of racism? Dr. King wrote his resounding reply that brought healing to this nation in the immortalized “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Yet we say, “It’s not for us to judge; we must reflect Jesus and not talk about sin.” I heartily agree that we must reflect Jesus, but we cannot allow the enemy to take swaths of territory because our palms get sweaty at the thought of shining Jesus’ light on some very dark deeds. The church gagged itself for too long on the topic of sexual immorality. For too long we donned the blindfold when it came to sex before marriage, adultery, and pornography. We cannot stay silent now, for there are people in this world, whether straight or LGBT, who are desperate for sexual healing and purity that can only be found in Christ.
Satan can only take the territory that we hand over to him. The reason why we lobbied against same-sex marriage so zealously is because if we would have prevented it, we could have more time to reach those in the LGBT community who were on the fence about getting married. Now, there are couples throughout the nation that are sealing the deal on their life of sin, and it will make our task more challenging to help them find healing through Jesus because there is that soul tie. Now, same-sex marriage is considered morally right and completely okay. It is critical that we shine the light of Jesus on every letter of LGBT as well as other sexual sins. These lifestyles, along with never receiving Jesus Christ as your savior, will send people to hell, and WE DO NOT WANT THAT.
Does the overwhelming fire of God’s saving grace not crackle within us anymore? Have we become so callous to the decadent world around us? We cannot give up. If we would just be of the same mind and allow the next wave of the Holy Spirit to hit us right on top of our heads, there could be a revival that sees thousands and thousands and thousands of former members of the LGBT community who no longer are living in brokenness, who are now defined by the blood of Jesus Christ rather than a single letter in LGBT. Why can’t we find the heart to make a stand? My spirit is grieved as I write these words. I cannot stand by and see people make choices that throw away their destiny to the devil. I know what the truth is. I found it in Jesus Christ and I know what He wants from us and what He doesn’t. I cannot stand idle and wishy-wash the gospel in the name of tolerance. I know the oppression of brokenness and all brokenness has a common scarlet thread: it’s from Satan. Whether straight or LGBT, I, you all, and the LGBT community need Jesus’ blood to carve away the torment.
The Acts 4 testimony needs to be embedded in our daily interactions. Most don’t read the Bible, and you may be the only reference to scripture your colleagues ever lay their eyes on. The hour is approaching where we have to know where we stand in our walk. Will you choose the fire instead of Nebuchadnezzar’s idol like Cite Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego in Daniel 3? The Supreme Court and the rest of society has determined that we must bow to the altar of sexual immorality (Romans 1:32). Will you bow with them? Daniel continued to pray even though it was against the law and he was tossed in a lion’s den (Daniel 6). Will you trust God amidst the tumult of public dissent? The world will hate us because it neither knows Jesus nor the Father (John 15:21). We must stand firm. What do you think some of the people were telling Peter & John before they went on trial before the Sanhedrin? They were going against the established traditions and breaking the law as well. Each of these men disobeyed man’s law, yet they understood that God is the Supreme Judge and His laws are higher than any supreme court.
Acts 4:7 reads, “And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, ‘By what power or by what name have you done this?” People are asking the same today, and they are wondering why these crazy Christians are deciding to follow their conscience (the Holy Spirit). Some will dismiss us but others are interested. It’s our job to show them Jesus, and show that the Holy Spirit is really who we are following. We are not full of hate; we just cannot recognize same-sex marriage because we know the lusts of the LGBT lifestyle do not lead to the wholeness that the Father wants for us.
If we don’t step forward and testify, people will never hear God’s desire-altering Word. Without it, the lie will continue that we are slaves to our feelings, desires, lusts, trauma, and genetics. Christians cannot starve a hurting world of the Word. No, we can’t force beliefs on others, but the are many messages throughout the secular world that grab a person by the throat. We want to speak the Gospel in order to begin the process of unwrapping Satan’s fingers from people’s throats. When we seek God’s heart, the Holy Spirit will give us wisdom, and He will not author confusion. Daniel sought the heart of God through prayer whenever an unjust law was put through; we must do the same today. I am not holier than though. I am not perfect. I do not have all the answers. I am not completely whole. I do have God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, and they have taught me what wholeness can be for me. I am called to testify to that wholeness, and I have the authority and ability to testify what sin is without being hateful, discriminatory, or bitter. I have the freedom to believe that, and even if I didn’t, I still would do it, because that’s what the Acts 4 testimony is all about. What side of the fence will you stand on?
Here’s a poem to marinate in….
What happened to you church?
Will we allow Satan to sing our swan song and fall straight into his long arms?
C’mon, c’mon are we strong or was the race too long for our fear of harm?
Where’s the singing church?
I don’t hear the glory glory hallelujahs.
Or did we close our mouths because we thought the Word was somehow manure?
I testify that that lie was straight from hell
Fall asleep in our pews, that’s ammunition for show and tell
We held hands with Satan and he kicked us into the wishing well,
Guess we forget he doesn’t wish us well; did the riches of this world always taste this stale?
We fell, We fell, We fell… sold our souls to the god of this world, call it made-to-fail.
Where’s the revival church?
Oh glory glory hallelujah, it’s resting with the Holy Spirit, more power to you.
If you’d believe that miracles still exist and demons cannot rule you
Your face would flush straight pale and the blood of Jesus would heal more than the world’s voodoo.
Kevin Cochrane is an eighteen year old writer and blogger with the distinct purpose of radically restoring everyone with ears to hear to the original testimony of Jesus Christ. His mission is to live by the words he writes and develop his character along with the prose he pens. For updates on his latest blog posts, you can follow him on Twitter @RunFree_KC or click the follow button at the bottom of the page to receive notifications by email.