On June 26, 2015, nine men and women in Washington, D.C., ruled that marriage between two men and two women was a right in all 50 states of the USA that could not be denied. In their decision, they declared in lofty beautiful language that love wins.
2000 years ago, there lived one Man in Israel who claimed that someday He would come and judge the entire world. In His teaching He declared in lofty beautiful language the perfect Law the world should live by, including what marriage means. His moral code was so high that those who truly understood Him knew they could never attain perfection by the standards He stated.
No one could attain His standards. Not the extremely religious of His day, certainly not the common people, not even those who left all to follow Him.
But Jesus embraced them all and loved them all. He showed His love in practical ways: He touched them; He ate with them; He fed them; He healed them; He washed their feet. Despite our failure to be perfect, Jesus loves us and longs for us to be with Him forever, so He did the unthinkable. He took our punishment for all of our sins on His own body and allowed evil men to torture Him and hang Him on a tree.
Then He said, “It is finished,” and when He died, all of our sins were washed away. Our sins of lust, our sins of hate, our sins of pride. ALL of them. My sins. Your sins. Three days later, He destroyed death by rising from the dead. On that Easter morning, God declared that #LoveWins. Not the love of two men or two women or even a man and a woman. God’s love won over our wrongs. Over our fear and hate. Over everything that divided us from God and from each other.
Let’s not forget what Jesus taught us: None of us keep His perfect Law! <<Click to Tweet
All of us fall short in the arena of sexual purity, even if the only place we sin is in our hearts. The ground is level at His cross and we all stand there condemned and justified at the same time.
Jesus Christ is still coming one day to judge all the earth. Jesus is judge. No one else.
What do we say then to these things happening around us?
The LGBT community has been crying out for acceptance. Jesus came to love them too. Can we who follow Him show them His amazing grace?
Jesus came to teach truth as well. Can we continue to strive to live and teach others to live by His moral code in an increasingly permissive world?
There are those who fear the judgment set by nine men and women in Washington, D.C., will begin persecution of Christ’s church in our country. Can we trust that God is bigger than our government and His purpose and glory will prevail?
Can we declare together that #LoveWins because of Jesus? He alone is Judge and Perfect Savior. No one else. <<Click to Tweet
Barbara Ruglio is a wife of over 30 years, a mom to two twenty-something daughters, and a grandmother to a darling and very active boy. She has never written a book, considers her job extremely ordinary, and says her house is not looking much like the magazines. Barbara does ministry in her local church in a small and ordinary way, but with all her heart because she loves the church and both the new and old friends in it. Barbara blogs at http://barbararuglio.blogspot.com/. Her prayer is that her writings to Jesus inspire you to a deeper connection with Him too.