It goes without saying that we are at a great time in history for human rights. This past week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, nationwide. Not surprisingly there was a flood of reactions, in the media, on social media, and among people in community gatherings. Some reactions were pro-decision and others were anti-decision.
I have to be honest, I was surprised by the people who were anti-decision, because many of them were people who call themselves followers of Jesus. You see, the thing about Jesus—and the thing I might like most about him—is that he was anti-establishment. He came along and he basically said, throw out the rules. It doesn't matter how you've done things in the past. Here's what matters: "Love God and love each other" (Matthew 22:37-39). He also said, "Love one another as I have loved you" (John 13:34-35). And I think he made it pretty clear that #LoveWins—and legalism doesn't.
I'd like to think that Jesus was cheering on the Supreme Court this past week. I'd also like to think that he was rooting on the U.S. as we finally joined with the other countries around the world that have already defended marriage equality. At least, that's the Jesus I believe in, the Jesus who celebrates love and invites us to know God through love (John 4:7-8).