3 Unexpected Blessings of #LoveWins

As the dust settles on June 26, 2015, and history continues to unfold, a quick glance at my Facebook feed can leave me feeling emotionally conflicted. On the one hand, I am frustrated at the culturally-approved hostility toward Christians. On the other hand, I rejoice at the way I see God working "all things work together for good," even in the wake of an unbiblical Supreme Court ruling.

Here are three unique ways in which the Court's ruling may prove to be an unexpected blessing.

I must admit that rather than feeling overwhelmed with sadness, surprisingly June 26th left me experiencing a deep sense of gratitude. As I monitored my Facebook feed, I observed (and continue to observe) a beautiful dignity among Christians. In the wake of controversy, social media is a difficult place to behave. And yet many Christians are doing just that. They are walking carefully and respectfully, honoring God through careful conduct and thoughtful response.

Even more beautiful is the way in which the Christian community is working toward unity in its statements to a watching world. Hostility directed at us can do one of two things: It can breed bitterness and contempt, or it can forge deeper love and loyalty. And in the wake of this Supreme Court ruling, it is solidifying bonds between brothers and sisters in the Lord, as we stand together for support.

We see in the book of Acts that winds of persecution actually produced fertile ground for the early Church. "All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had" (Acts 4:32). It is this sort sacrificial sharing and community that speaks volumes to a watching world. If outside hostility forges internal unity, I am assured that God is at work in His Church today.

In a recent article, Christianity Today stated that the new wave of Christian apologists were, surprisingly, women. The job of an apologist is simply to defend the faith. And so as Christian women called to represent Christ here on earth, we are all apologists!

God can (and does) use conflict to strengthen our faith and to define our standing in Him.

Yet apologists bear great responsibility. We must know our terms in order to represent our arguments. For example, this Supreme Court ruling is simply an oppositional move against the authority of Scripture. And the natural extenuation of opposing Scripture is to directly challenge scriptural sufficiency.

Are you versed in the Bible's definition of truth? Are you able to defend Scripture with Scripture?

Two of my best friends and I have spent hours texting back and forth, sharing our thoughts and clarifying our positions on "same-sex marriage." God can (and does) use conflict to strengthen our faith and to define our standing in Him. Seek Him in His Word today, and allow Him to shape your mind so that you might be "prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope you have" (1 Peter 3:15).

Another unexpected blessing that may come from the legalization of "same-sex marriage" may lie in conversations to be had. John MacArthur has wisely stated, "You are the only Bible some unbelievers will ever read," and in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling, this may prove particularly true.

While culture insists that love wins through broad acceptance, the gospel tells us that love wins through spoken truth.

Do your neighbors know you are a Christian, but you have yet to have a beliefs-based conversation with them? Well, now is the time! As my Facebook feed has transitioned from family photos to a sea of colorful rainbows, opportunity has come knocking.

Because while culture insists that love wins through broad acceptance, the gospel tells us that love wins through spoken truth. "I tell you the truth," Jesus proclaimed more than eighty times—this Jesus who came to open the eyes of the blind and "to proclaim freedom for the captives" (Isa. 61:1).

  1. Unity
  2. Clarity
  3. Dialogue

In the wake of this ruling, our responsibility as Christian women is unparalleled. Utilize the opportunity while questions are being asked. Meet for coffee and conversation. Call that friend or neighbor and embody the truth that love can walk side by side with disagreement.

The legalization of "same-sex marriage" is not the end of the road for Christians. It is a different road to be sure, and one that will have inevitable challenges. But there are blessings here, too!

As we walk in unity with one another, learn how to defend our faith, and speak truth to those around us, we are growing in strength as the Church universal. May He be with us.

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Maryanne Helms

Maryanne Helms

Maryanne Helms is married to Pat and is mom to four beautiful children. She has a passion for encouraging women and loves doing ministry in the suburbs of Atlanta: in her neighborhood and in the local public schools. Maryanne is thrilled to write for True Woman, as she has spent years preparing meals for her family while being "fed" by Nancy's podcasts.

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