Sheep or Goats?

I published this post over a month ago, yesterday the SCOTUS handed down a verdict declaring same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. As followers of Christ – we must adhere to the Word of God and not these corrupted new laws of man;

we do not hate,

we love,

we do not judge,

but we do take a stand on our beliefs.

Otherwise we risk being lukewarm and choosing to go with the flow – true love died on the cross for us and we can not condone sin and repent from it at the same time. There are those who will ask, what would Jesus do – He died for ALL sins to bridge the gap to God; not to allow them to lead people away from God.

Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.

(Joel 2:28 NIV)

Before I sleep, I often pray that God would allow me good, happy dreams of my husband.  Yet I woke up from a dream that was not pleasant.  I dreamed that I thought I was unfaithful to my husband, but the whole time my conscious was fighting my dream reminding myself that I would never do that, I have always been faithful and that this is just a dream, it’s not true and then I woke myself up.   Is it possible that even in our dreams, we have tests of our faithfulness?  I don’t want to dream about the latest action star, I don’t even like seeing photos of men that pass through in my newsfeed, I’m sure people will think I’m a ‘prude’ or ‘holier than thou’ but I honestly only have eyes for my husband.  He is the man of my dreams, he is the man I long for, not some character in a movie or book.

As I’m laying there wondering why I would have a dream like after I just prayed that I would have pleasant dreams of my husband, I prayed again that God would please give me happy dreams with my husband, that we’re together, that I would get to see him and be with him in the dream.

Again I dream and this time we are together, we are happy, and we seem to be having a wonderful time, it’s some sort of celebration going on, people are partying, and I’m not really paying attention to them – I’m focused on my husband.  We’re almost flying instead of walking, kind of like gliding, and then we’re stopped violently by a group of people.  We’re being demanded to know if we will accept gay marriage or not and without hesitation we say we’re sorry we can not accept it.  We’re condemned immediately to death, no trial, nothing, just told we will be killed.  We are perfectly at peace with this, the only thing that is upsetting to us, is that our sons will be left as orphans.  I ask our friend if she will accept gay marriage and she says yes because she doesn’t want to die.  When we’re taken to where the execution is to be taken place we’re forced down on our knees and before anything happens we see Jesus and begin to smile…

Again I woke up, very confused and not at all at peace, why would we be executed over gay marriage – how is that martrydom – I don’t want my death over something like that?  I begin talking to God, asking for wisdom to interpret the dream.  I have several conflicting thoughts because of the first dream, is the devil messing with me, was that God, just what is that supposed to mean!?!  Slowly, it all starts coming together.   The first dream, even in a dream I was able to stand up and resist, not accept what I was being told when I knew it wasn’t the truth.  The second dream, it was a confirmation of our unity in marriage, our shared faith, and our commitment to stand with God no matter what society thinks of us.

It doesn’t seem like a big deal to most people, ‘gay marriage’, it doesn’t affect me personally, right?  But it does, it’s embedded in the core of God’s Word, what God calls sin – is sin – it doesn’t change to fit the world’s standards.  God created marriage between man and woman – anything else is a counterfeit of what God created.

The coming [of the lawless one, the antichrist] is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of [pretended] miracles and signs and delusive marvels—[all of them] lying wonders—

(2 Thessalonians 2:9 AMP)

Maybe it’s things like this that will set off a firestorm – one little thing, a blur between black and white, ‘seems’ okay not really harmful – but that’s the deception (just look at the Christian businesses that have been forced to close or fined because they wouldn’t change their beliefs to accommodate sin).  All sin is harmful, all sin brings us further from God and a gay marriage is a wedge between God – how can someone draw close to God when they’ve changed God’s Word to suit their fleshly desires?  I can’t help but feel that if we begin accepting ‘this’ and then ‘that’ sin, we’ve said that Jesus died for nothing – His blood, His sacrifice was for what – when He died for our sin?  In my Bible study yesterday I read, “It is easy to fall into one of two opposite extremes.  Either we condemn people or we condone sin.  Love does not condemn nor does it condone sin, because sin leads to people getting hurt.  If we love, like Jesus, we will neither condone sin nor condemn people, but lovingly challenge people (including ourselves)  to leave sin behind.” (Bible in One Year)

Remember the fall of man started with only one act of disobedience.  I see this as the dividing point, we were told at the end of days that churches would be corrupted and Christians would fall away.  Exactly what will we stand for or what we will fall for, is this the separation between the sheep and the goats?