Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Word to Pastors Preaching This Morning

Today is Sunday. As such many pastors, like myself, will be standing in the pulpit declaring, "Thus says the Lord." That is hard to do two days following the sweeping decisions made by the Supreme Court whereby gay marriage was made, by judicial fiat, the law of the land.

Once I heard the news I knew that the sermon I had spent hours preparing for had to be postponed. But what must I say it its place? At all times I am accountable with how I handle God's Word, the true gospel, and the position I hold. What must I/we say?

The temptation we all hold - and my immediate intention - is to be bombastic. I wanted to bash the sexual revolutionaries that continue to wreck havoc and despair everywhere its tentacles reach. And then, between the "bomb's away" rhetoric I thought I would sing a few "Woe is me's" tunes. Both are sure to get a few "amens."

That, however, should not be our response. No, today is a day of gospel encouragement. Today is the day we must remind our people that the good news of Jesus Christ is still the greatest news around. We must remind our people that, as Dr. Russell Moore recently stated, that the Supreme Court can redefine marriage but it cannot put a lifeless Jesus back in the grave.

That is why I am not preaching from Romans 1 or some imprecatory Psalm but from John 16:33,
"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."
The world may rage against us. Our voices may not be heard. And soon we may very well be in jail, but be of good courage, Jesus conquered the world the minute he walked out of that tomb.

So pastors, don't preach angry sermons of condemnation against five oligarchs or their proponents singing in the streets. Preach the gospel. Always preach the gospel. We need it more now than ever.
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