Matthew 8:12 “But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
The Supreme Court ruling apparently has Christians living as exiles in their own country, this according to Rod Dreher:
…orthodox Christians must understand that things are going to get much more difficult for us. We are going to have to learn how to live as exiles in our own country.
You might think that the verse I cite above is in reference to these exiled Christians in the United States. You would be wrong. I mean it as literally as Jesus meant it; this might help:
Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
Back to Dreher:
No, the sky is not falling — not yet, anyway — but with the Supreme Court ruling constitutionalizing same-sex marriage, the ground under our feet has shifted tectonically.
Dreher is right – the sky isn’t falling; it fell, long ago. Nothing has shifted tectonically with this decision.
It was American Christians that led the charge to public funding of education. Millions of American Christians continue to send their children to public schools today. The state will educate your children – how did that work out?
It is American Christians who demand that their Christian private schools meet all standards of government curriculum.
American Christians support the military and wars; the killing of countless millions of non-combatants – people who never presented a threat – does not cause a flinch. On every holiday, they turn their house of worship into a house of warship.
American Christians support the brutality of the State of Israel.
American Christians support torture.
American Christians leave benevolent good works to the state.
American Christians support the drug wars, turning individuals who – at worst – have an unhealthy habit or addiction into hardened criminals.
American Christians look to salvation by the state:
Voting Republican and other failed culture war strategies are not going to save us now.
How stupid do you have to be, American Christian, to have ever believed in salvation by state? For by State are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of the Republican Party.
Name one example of when voting Republican “saved” you. You have served yourself up on a silver platter. Now you are being skinned.
It is time for what I call the Benedict Option….Throughout the early Middle Ages, Benedict’s communities formed monasteries, and kept the light of faith burning through the surrounding cultural darkness. Eventually, the Benedictine monks helped refound civilization.
This takes courage; it takes dedication. The cost will be high.
American Christians couldn’t stand tall when the cost was minimal; why will they do so now?