Insights from the SCOTUS Decision – Part Four

Love Wins!

This was one of the predominant slogans of those who rejoiced in the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriages. Even Christians who favored the decision took up the celebratory slogan.

Now, it’s understandable why non-Christians would believe that the SCOTUS decision is all about love since there should be no expectations for the secular world to hold or endorse the views set forth by the Word of God. We should not expect them to believe what we believe. But it is reasonable to expect other Christians to hold similar views based on the Bible.

In light of the SCOTUS decision, it is apparent that the attribute of God that contemporary Christians focus upon is love; after all, God is love according to Scripture. However, when it comes to love, we should always remember to take it within the context of God’s holiness. When we embrace God’s love without due consideration of His holiness, it wil almost always get us into trouble with regards to sin.

What is God’s holiness? God’s holiness is multi-faceted and has to do with His separateness. He is eternally separate and distinct from all impurity.

Dr. Bruce Ware of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has written, “The term holiness in Hebrew, qodesh, has the notion of separation, of uniqueness, of one-of-kindness as it were."

How do we know that God’s holiness is important?

Isaiah 6:3 states, “And one called out to another and said, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.’” In Isaiah’s vision, the angels declared the holiness of God as they worshiped Him.

Revelation 4:8 says, “And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.”

About these two passages of scripture, theologian R. C. Sproul has written, “Only once in sacred Scripture is an attribute of God elevated to the third degree... The Bible never says that God is love, love, love."

In heavenly places, God’s is described as holy. The chorus sings, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God the Almighty”. They extoll only one attribute of God – His Holiness. As mentioned by Sproul, the chorus does not sing, “Loving, loving, loving is the Lord God, the Almighty.”

Arthur W. Pink wrote about God’s love when he penned, “It is holy. God’s love is not regulated by caprice passion, or sentiment, but by principle. Just as His grace reigns not at the expense of it, but ‘through righteousness’ (Rom. 5:21), so His love never conflicts with His holiness… God will not wink at sin, even in His own people. His love is pure, unmixed with any maudlin sentimentality.”

Love Wins… only when placed within the context of God’s holiness. That’s exactly what happened when Jesus went to the cross to die for our sins. Jesus’s love for us was demonstrated so God’s holiness could be satisfied.

We are called to love and love does win when we love within the context of God’s holiness, otherwise, we are of the world and not just in the world.

Something to think about…