You are not crazy. Your values are not antiquated, they have not been improved upon by atheistic scientists or relativistic politicians, and they do not need to be modernized by arrogant professors. Your belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman is not an outworking of hate. Instead that belief epitomizes true love. Your view of marriage does not stem from your opinion or the emotions of one individual who, in relation to the grand scheme of history, is little more than a vapor. Your view was given to you by the One who is eternal, unchanging, and who always provides a model which is good and right and best.
Your understanding of morals did not come from your own mind. You have an inherent understanding of right and wrong because you know the One who is always right, and therefore you have a reference point from which to determine what is wrong. Even as I write these words, I recognize that many don’t agree with this. I recognize that many don’t believe.
These non-believers may acknowledge the existence of some guy named Jesus who was a pretty good guy (except that they reject many of his teachings) but he was just another guy. They may say that he swooned or fainted or… something, and then his followers perpetuated an incredibly complex and sophisticated ruse, so that people would follow them and believe what they told them. Or…something like that. Their theories and counter-theories are legion because they cannot allow themselves to accept the one central truth that we celebrate today. It is the one and only truth that changed everything for all time. That Truth is this…Christ is risen!
You see, you are not crazy, or antiquated and you certainly are not ignorant. That which you celebrate today is not your opinion, and it is not a crutch or an opiate that makes you feel better. It really did happen. Christ arose! Christ conquered death. These are not meaningless theological statements of the abstract. When Jesus Christ arose after being dead (really, really dead, not unconscious) and rolled away the stone that had sealed his tomb (the disciples didn’t help him, they were busy huddling in fear for their own lives) everything changed. All the events that we study in history pale in comparison to God coming to earth as a man, taking our sin upon himself, dying in our place, and rising from the dead! I am reminded of the words of that wonderful writer and BBC veteran, Malcolm Muggeridge, when he said:
“We look back on history and what do we see? Empires rising and falling, revolutions and counter-revolutions, wealth accumulating and wealth dispersed, one nation dominant and then another. Shakespeare speaks of ‘the rise and fall of great ones that ebb and flow with the moon.’
In one lifetime I have seen my own fellow countrymen ruling over a quarter of the world, the great majority of them convinced, in the words of what is still a favorite song, that, ‘God who’s made the mighty would make them mightier yet.’ I’ve heard a crazed, cracked Austrian proclaim to the world the establishment of a German Reich that would last a thousand years; an Italian clown announce that he would restart the calendar to begin his own assumption of power. I’ve heard a murderous Georgian brigand in the Kremlin acclaimed by the intellectual elite of the world as wiser than Solomon, more enlightened than Ashoka, more humane than Marcus Aurelius. I’ve seen America wealthier and in terms of weaponry, more powerful than the rest of the world put together, so that Americans, had they so wished, could have outdone an Alexander or a Julius Caesar in the range and scale of their conquests. All in one little lifetime…all in one little lifetime…All gone…gone with the wind.
England now part of a tiny island off the coast of Europe, threatened with dismemberment and even bankruptcy. Hitler and Mussolini dead, remembered only in infamy. Stalin a forbidden name in the regime he helped found and dominate for some three decades. America haunted by fears of running out of those precious fluids that keep her motorways roaring, and the smog settling, with troubled memories of a disastrous campaign in Vietnam, and the victories of the Don Quixotes of the media as they charged the windmills of Watergate.
All in one lifetime, all gone. Gone with the wind.
Behind the debris of these self-styled, sullen supermen and imperial diplomatists, there stands the gigantic figure of one person, because of whom, by whom, in whom, and through whom alone, mankind might still have hope. The person of Jesus Christ.”
Christ is risen, so it really doesn’t matter what the Supreme Court rules. This self-same Christ has spoken to us in His word and clearly defined marriage, and it is His definition which is actually supreme.
Christ is risen, so that which is taught throughout His Word (the word He quoted from and referenced in His teachings) is validated in a way more powerful than all the rulings of all the kings and congresses over all of time have ever been or ever will be.
Christ is risen and therein lies our hope and our promise. Our hope does not lie in the machinations of the state or in all the ivory tower delusions of the academic elitists.
Christ is risen! What you believe is real! Death truly has been conquered! It has been swallowed up by the power of His unspeakable grace and love. We have no use for fear of the future or despair about the economy. We need not even fear the fall of nations. Those of us who believe upon him have no use for despair or worry. Instead we can REJOICE! What He told us is real. What He promised us will transpire. His return is imminent! His words are truth! We can know this because CHRIST IS RISEN!!
Chris Skates is the author of the novel, Going Green: For Some It Has Nothing To Do With The Environment. He has been published in dozens of national magazines and has authored multiple technical articles in his field of Chemistry. You can follow his blog at www.chrisskates.com