The wind is already whipping through the trees. The lightning and thunder of the storm in our nation about marriage has begun. As surely as rapidly falling pressure in a barometer tells you to get ready for a deluge, the trend of events in the last few years is telling you to be ready for intensifying conflict over what marriage is and growing attacks on those who defend marriage as it has been been defined and recognized across time and across cultures: a relationship between a man and a woman.
How should we get ready for this storm that is upon us?
1. Understand what marriage is, and the consequences of redefining marriage. Keep talking about and discussing marriage.
2. Understand and learn more about how propaganda works. Recognize how propaganda has been used by activists to persuade people about redefining marriage and the family.
3. Notice the trend in events within government and news. Recognize the attacks and persecution that has already begun against those who defend marriage and who consistently live out their Christian beliefs about marriage.
4. Discuss marriage with people in your church. Be ready to help those you know whose livelihood is threatened because of their beliefs regarding marriage.
5. Enjoy and cherish the relationships you have. Be faithful within your own family. Love your spouse. Love your children and watch over them. Love and live at peace as you are able with your extended family. And with those who disagree with us: If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
I will be writing more on each of the above five points to help with information and analysis of this unavoidable storm that is upon us. Two years ago Erick Erickson wrote You Will Be Made To Care.
…That is the point of most everything I’ve written this week. I guess I’ve been too obtuse. Let me make it clear for you — you will be required to care. Gay rights advocates on the steady march toward and past gay marriage will make you care. They will not give you room to sit on the fence….
The left will allow no fence sitting. You may not believe me. You may think me hyperbolic. But the history of the world shows this. Events ultimately come to a head. They boil to their essence. And at that point you must choose.*
Through the coming days we must support and help each other, and remember:
For You have been a defense for the helpless,
A defense for the needy in his distress,
A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat;
For the breath of the ruthless
Is like a rain storm against a wall.–“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
Image: Rainer Knäpper, Free Art License
*If you read Erick’s post, let me make it clear that I think this main point is on target, but I do not agree with some of the details within the piece. “You Will Be Made To Care,” has become a theme in his writing. Later posts are here, here, and here.