Obligation is to stand for the truth | Church Corner

What a unique privilege it is for the churches on the Plateau to have this opportunity every week to give truth a voice in our community. In a world of endless debate and zettabytes of opinions throughout the Internet, it is important to remember that truth still exists.

  • Saturday, August 1, 2015 1:53pm
  • Life

What a unique privilege it is for the churches on the Plateau to have this opportunity every week to give truth a voice in our community. In a world of endless debate and zettabytes of opinions throughout the Internet, it is important to remember that truth still exists.

I believe it is every person’s obligation and premier call to not only seek out the truth but also once found to boldly and conspicuously stand on truth’s side. The voice of truth cries out to all who will hear it and be changed.

On June 26, 2015, The Supreme Court of the United States voted by a margin of 5-4 to legalize same-sex marriage. This historic ruling mandates that all 50 states must allow and legally recognize marriage between two people of the same sex. I believe this decision is an assault on truth, which will be levied against all who will not bow a knee, but stand for the truth.

However, truth will always have a voice.

I am not for or against same-sex marriage – but I am unabashedly for the truth. And the truth is that marriage is between one man and one woman.

Marriage is a natural union that reflects the spiritual union between God and man, the two becoming one joined together in love. No law can usurp or overturn God’s laws.

I wrote an article in this same paper five years ago on the topic of same-sex marriage.  You can find it in the April 19, 2010, edition if you’re interested.

My passion today is not to debate same-sex marriage. I’m writing because someone needs to hear someone speak up for the truth. I’m writing because we are living in a small segment of history where the truth is being called a lie and lies are being called the truth. We are living in a time when a Tim Tebow is slammed and ripped apart by the media yet a Bruce (now Caitlyn) Jenner is being celebrated and praised. We are living in a segment of history where the highest court in a “nation under God” makes laws and decrees that defy the will of God. And I believe we are entering a period of history where each of us will be faced with an imperative to decide with whom we stand.

Have you ever noticed that not everyone who argues cares a lick about the truth? Defense lawyers often defend criminals they know are guilty. The pursuit of truth gets lost in the pursuit of arguing, winning a case. I suppose all of us have found ourselves arguing to win sometimes instead of really seeking the truth in love.

If winning the argument on same-sex marriage causes the LGBT community to become disillusioned about Christ’s love for them – I refuse to win. No one can bear truth without love. It was Christ’s love for us that sent him to the cross. He suffered and became our sin, so we could be forgiven and be at peace with God. He rose from the grave so we could be born again as children of God.

Moses gave the law and the Ten Commandments, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. This is so profound! The law never convicted a person of God’s love, only their sin. But Jesus came proclaiming the love and truth of God. He is the truth and love of God.

It’s not the job of the church to convict the world of sin. It is the job of the church to convince the world of God’s unrelenting love and to stand victoriously in the truth.

It is a small matter to ask if someone supports same-sex marriage. The bigger question is “Do you stand for the truth?” Your stand will be challenged like never before. Anchor your beliefs in the word of God.

Take your stand on the rock. The best decision you could ever make is to make Jesus your Lord and his word the final authority in your life.

“…If you continue in my word you are truly my disciples and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free!” (John 8:31-32).

Heath Rainwater is lead pastor at Grace Point NW Church.

 

More in Life

East Pierce hosting annual open house Sept. 29

Don’t miss out on the free, family fun activities and demonstrations, like tearing a car apart with the jaws of life.

Fun run will benefit animal rescue group

Grab your furry friend’s leash and head out to Lake Wilderness Park on Sept. 29.

Some days, it’s good to feel needed

Some days, you just need a hug. Other days, you only want… Continue reading

Local Scout earns his wings

Kyle Ross Dunning is a member of Boy Scout Troop 422.

Beautify Enumclaw, Buckley | Slideshow

Many public spaces, like Enumclaw’s community garden by the library and Veterans Memorial Park, or Buckley’s Youth Center, were given makeovers by scored of energetic volunteers.

Enumclaw lessons helped lead to military success | Navy Outreach

“Growing up in a small town, it kind of helped me gauge different people and network in a way that would benefit me,” Nelsen said. “It is humbling growing up in a small town and I did not lose sight of where I came from.”

Flu season is coming; get your shots soon | Public Health Center

To help you decide when, where, and how to get vaccinated, Public Health Insider compiled answers to some of the most common questions they see regarding to flu vaccinations.

Answers may be hard to come

You’re on the edge of your chair. Curiosity is almost killing you;… Continue reading

Caregivers can identify with “Happy Tears” | Pierce County

“Happy Tears” is the story of two sisters who lead very different lives and return home to care for their aging father.

World-wide myths, legends meet teen-friendly narrative

Your favorite superhero was 10 feet tall. Larger than life. Super-sized, right… Continue reading

Enumclaw welcomes new faces in schools, district office

Check out the new educators and other school staff.

Levy money to aid senior programs in Enumclaw, Black Diamond | King County

By 2040, more than a quarter of King County’s population will be seniors. Healthy lifestyles and social engagement are keys to living long and living well.