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How Do We Respond

05 Jul

When evil achieves some status it should not have? In this particular case when those who demand access to the institution of marriage and get through dubious means.  God has provided for us clear instructions on how to handle defeat, disappointment and then he provides guidelines on how to respond. On the page Wisdom, Justice, Fairness, Understanding & Knowledge found at

http://dakotascba.com/Wisdom%2C-Justice%2C-Fairness%2C-Understanding–and–Knowledge.php

There are some key verses that help to direct our attention and energy towards the right course of action. This post will highlight only a few to get you on the right track and then you need to pray and ask God’s help in how to implement his guidelines into your lives.

#1. The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice. Ps. 37:30

No matter how disappointed we are in the judicial decisions that come our way, we must not let that feeling stop us from providing the world the right information. The other side may have achieved a goal we disagree with but that achievement does not overthrow us or our viewpoints, we continue to give the world the light they need in order that they may find their way to salvation.

Wisdom and justice do not change because both have been perverted.

#2. You shall not follow the masses in doing evil, nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after a multitude in order to pervert justice; Ex. 23:2

When evil triumphs, we do not shed ourselves of God’s salvation or ways but maintain our beliefs and faith. We do not accept the bad decision but continue to work for what is right, with humbleness and true love. We do not sin in our fight against that which is wrong for sin undermines and defeats us. We seek to do what is right at all times no matter how vicious the unbelieving world’s response is.

#3. Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you. Deut. 16:20

Yes we correct the injustice that was done but we do not withhold justice from those who do evil. In other words, if no crime has been committed here we do not imprison or seek penalties against those who fought for the other side.  We provide God’s justice to all, even the homosexual, because we would want God’s justice done to us when we are accused of some wrongdoing.

In this particular case.we do not seek to punish the homosexual community if we are victorious in overturning the decision but let mercy and justice prevail. We are not here to enslave, hurt or fatally wound others. We are here to represent God and his way and we do that truthfully and honestly.

#4. You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor nor defer to the great, but you are to judge your neighbor fairly. Lev. 19:15

Does this mean we allow civil unions or acceptance of sin or open practice/support of sin if we overcome eventually? No. It means that we are fair and do what is right in the eyes of God. We do not seek vengeance, revenge, do personal attacks, or punish unfairly those who opposed us. We do not do rebellious acts or disobey God in our behavior towards others but seek what is fair, just and right.

In our disappointment we do not allow that emotion to ignore God’s rules and instructions but bravely hold our heads up and go on about our work for God. Our duties to God do not change when evil wins a battle and we remember that we have already won the war so we focus on those things that enhance the kingdom of God not hinder it.

#5. “For they are a nation lacking in counsel, And there is no understanding in them. Deut. 32:28

We remember who the other side is and respond accordingly. They are the lost, the deceived, the misled, the blind NOT the purveyors of truth, honesty, equality, justice and so on. We remember that our opponents are not flesh and blood so we pray for their deliverance from evil while not making them out to be evil incarnate.

#6. Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law And keep it with all my heart. Ps. 119:34

We pray for ourselves and one another so that we do not disobey God’s laws or commandments. We seek God’s help to keep us humble and obedient to his ways and words so that the world doe snot lose the light and we do not lose any of our own to evil.

#7.Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. 2 Tim. 2:7

We seek to get understanding so we can approach the issue correctly and not like stumbling bums who walk where angels fear to tread.  We do not act ignorantly or with ignorance but with a full grasp of the issue and its godly solution.

#8. “Boast no more so very proudly, Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth; For the Lord is a God of knowledge, And with Him actions are weighed.1 Sam. 2:3

Even though we have won the war, we do not act like it. We seek to minister to the needs of others as God wants. We continue to warn of the dangers of sin and its support, we continue to preach right and wrong, morality and immorality but do it with true love for others.

#9. Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the Lord. Prov. 1:9

We continue to fear the Lord and abide by his commandments, ‘praying without ceasing’ so that many can still be won to the Lord.

#10 a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth, Rom. 2:20

We correct our foolish members, our arrogant and immature giving them the truth and the right knowledge so that they can make an impact for God instead of placing stumbling blocks in the road which hinder others in their work for God.

#11 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, Phi;. 1:9

We get real discernment so we can find the right knowledge so that when we do overcome we know what we are to do and how to do it correctly. We do not run ahead of God but follow his lead so that all people can see God at work and so that we give him the glory for what was done.

#12 and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness,1 Pet. 1:6

We do not act like spoiled babies throwing a temper tantrum when we did not get our way but seek to act like the adults we are and address the problems in a godly fashion. We do not rant and rave throughout the media but bow our heads in prayer and ask God for our next step, our next move. We do not act like childish or immaturely but with grace and dignity as we need to bring God glory even when we are defeated.

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I am sure you all can find more ways on how to respond to the Supreme Court’s decision and other decisions by governments and courts in that list. This is not exhaustive but merely to get Christians focused on doing what is right in the eyes of God. We face many challenges in our lives thus we need to start now on doing it right if we want to win more souls before it is too late.

We need to do it right so the world can know that there is a God of justice, understanding, wisdom and so on and that he cares for them. To be the light unto the world, we need to be Christian in times of disappointment, defeat and tragedy. We are not overcome with emotion or overwhelmed by the enormity of the situation but keep our heads together so we can ask God what to do and be able to implement his directions.

We are just when others are using emotions to pervert justice; we are fair when others play favorites; we are understanding when others want to lock them all up and throw away the key; we are knowledgeable when others are ignorant and lost. In other words, we lead the way and the world follows. We do not follow  the unbeliever for they are blind and we are not.

We speak out when voices are lost and overwhelmed by those who seek their own or try to pervert justice. We stand for what is truly right and just. If we do not do it, there is no one else who will or can.

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