When the U.S. government declared homosexual marriage legal, everyone went crazy. Those who opposed had harsh words for those who were in favor and vice versa. Believers were hit with protest and harsh criticism and even had scripture thrown in their face such as Romans 13:1-7 that says:
“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God’s servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God’s servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also because of conscience……”
They argued that since this was now the law of the land that we as believers had to accept it and not say anything on the topic. Now yes, these verses clearly say to obey the government that God has placed over us because God created government for a reason but what happened when said government no longer is of God and turns its heart and purpose away from that of God? Do we continue to obey and advocate for such government and authority or do we follow more in depth what the word of God says?
For instance during the persecution of the Church some of the apostles were arrested and brought before the Sanhedrin (the governing power) many times (Acts 5:27-29). They were given strict orders not to teach in the name of Jesus and to stop witnessing to the people.But Peter and the other apostles did not listen or obey this law/rule and continues to spread the Good News to all of Jerusalem. See there, they were disobeying the rule or law that this government had place upon them. But they didn’t listen! Thank God! Instead they responded that they would obey God rather than human beings. Later on in the passage we see that John and Peter were flogged, but did they protest, or make excuses?! No! They rejoiced?! Can you imagine that? Hearing that you would be tortured and beaten and instead of crying and trying to get out of the punishment, you rejoiced in the name of Jesus feel “worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.” So what the bible is telling us is that when the law of the land or government aligns with the word of God then yes obey and follow but when it does not, it is God’s word and truth that reigns supreme over any power.
Another example of the law of the government being disobeyed for the glory of God is in Exodus as the Israelite kept multiplying despite being thrown into slavery in Egypt. Pharaoh feared that they would rebel agaisnt Egypt as they were already outnumbering the Egyptians. Because of this he declared that all the midwives (who were Hebrew) should kill every Hebrew boy born. This was the new law! But did the Hebrew midwives obey such a law? Did they go agaisnt God’s plan for the Hebrew people and what He had destined for them? Did they satisfy the law of the land instead of God! No! Instead they were God-fearing an thus had the courage to disobey authority and allow the Hebrew baby boys to live. Because of the God blessed them! (Exodus 1) Now ask yourself this, would God have blessed them if what they did was not in His will?
In conclusion, I will say this: I do not agree with the law that has been passed because it does not please God and the truth He speaks to us through in word. That does not mean that I get to judge, accuse,and condemn those who do or are part of that lifestyle, for I am not called to do that. I am called to love everyone as myself; that is the only commission God gave me. For the believers who chose another route to deal with the situation that is between them and the God they serve. I stand by my decision and will explain it to anyone. You do not have to agree with me but I ask it be respected. If it isn’t, that is okay because again the only thing I can and will do is love the way God has loved me: flaw and all. Sin and all.