Mark 1:11 “And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
A Grand Ole Opry legend named Jan Howard had a 19 year old son whom she told a story about in a song called “My Son”. Her son Jimmy was a recent graduate and drafted by the U.S. Army to be sent to Vietnam in a rather whirlwind motion. The story was very emotional as this saddened mother described what happened almost 50 years ago in vivid recollection. Dates and times almost to the second she recalled with perfect memory. Jimmy did not survive Vietnam, less than 6 months after his deployment Jimmy was killed.
The story Ms. Howard told, now in her late 90’s, indicated that she could sense the last phone call she received from Jimmy her son would be the last. Although she hoped for a different outcome, her innate view said Jimmy most likely would never come home. She lost her son, and not a day goes by where she doesn’t grieve this loss. But she does know Jimmy died not in vain, but that he died so that others wouldn’t have to.
I relate this story to share how God the Father must have viewed the death of His own Son Jesus Christ. Jesus, the perfect spotless sinless Lamb of God, His beloved Son would suffer and die a cruel death to redeem hopeless sinners. Jesus suffered and died so that you wouldn’t have to. The excruciating feeling God the Father must have felt to see His very own beloved Son tortured, spit upon, mocked, and scoffed at by the very sinners He came to redeem.
Too often we can only relate to others pain, but we don’t address God’s pain, the God who loves us. The pain of sin which sent His Beloved Son to the Cross.
Last week an immoral decision was made by the U.S. Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage. Jimmy didn’t die in Vietnam for this, nor did Jesus die on the Cross for it either. Sin is sin. And the part Americans who celebrate immorality do not understand is that the angst is not the fact that Jesus forgives all sin, but to call sin not a sin.
Just as the abortion decision was made, the U.S. Supreme Court now has called sin no longer sin. This pains God, but it is also His judgment on a sinful society. Romans 1 says several times that “God gave them up” to sinful desires and passions, and that is exactly what has happened.
Why would God do this? Because He does not take lightly the death of His own Beloved Son nor should His children. For far too long, America while claiming Christianity and several churches claiming Christianity do not behave in any way as Christians. The abuse and murder of children, the hypocrisy of those who take Jesus’ name has all rendered judgment.
What can we do as Christians? Do not be deterred but also start calling out the tares among the wheat and discern the false churches who say one thing and behave another. And by the way Supreme Court Justice who wrote the majority opinion for same-sex marriage would say he is a “Christian” (Catholic). Discernment says he was led to the wide gate by his religion. The word of God is sharper than a two edged sword, it never fails! Take on the full armor of God and His word. It might be the Cross we all now have to carry, but narrow is the gate. God never loses, His promises are solid as rock, so do not fear or ever be dismayed. Now is the time for discernment!