- by Jarell Wilson, part II of II, read part I here -
DOMA is ruled unconstitutional & Prop 8 has been dismissed!
“Then the Lord said, “I have observed the misery of my people who are in Egypt; I have heard their cry on account of their taskmasters. Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them from the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey…” – Exodus 3:7-8a
I cannot even fathom a way that is apt at describing the unexplainable joy that I feel in this moment. Merely minutes ago it was announced that the Supreme Court of the United State of America that DOMA (The Defense of Marriage Act) is unconstitutional because it violates the 5th Amendment, and Proposition 8 (which outlawed same-sex marriage in California) and that is cause for great celebration.
I know that God had a hand in this; I know it because something this good could only come from the giver of all good gifts. I feel like one of the children of Israel under the yoke of Pharaoh after hundreds of years the Lord has heard me and my people and has come to set us free. We were under taskmasters who sought to keep us under their feet, and the Lord will bring us into a land flowing with milk and honey. Notice that the Lord has brought us their yet, this is only the beginning, we are nowhere near done. It sucks that we are not finished, but find hope in this: The God who delivered Israel, who empowered MLK, who served the dying with Mother Teresa, who marched with Gandhi, who sat with Rosa Parks, who hid with Anne Frank from the Nazis in an attic, who stood with the protestors during the Arab Spring, who stood with the gays at Stonewall, also stands and walks and sits and serves and journeys with us.
Our journey cannot stop here; we must fight until our beloved UMC becomes a place of justice where God’s law of love is reigning, not the laws of bigotry and misunderstanding. We cannot stop until everyone lives in a state where they can marry who they love, not just 30% of the US population. We cannot stop at just the US because we were called by Christ to go out unto the ends of the earth! All of humanity must be wrapped in the arms of both justice and grace, that is our call as Christians. It is a difficult call, sometimes I would much rather just give up, but I cannot because I am compelled by the Holy Spirit. That same Holy Spirit is leading you as well, to forgiveness and to mercy. We must not harbor ill feelings toward the National Organization of Marriage or to the House Republicans that actively sought to do us harm rather than good, rather we should pray for them, that the God of grace and mercy hears their cries as well, and reveals to them the truth – that love is for everyone. We must not get lazy; this victory is to serve as our cup of coffee, giving us the energy we need to keep going until we can clock out having finished our jobs. “So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)”
Celebrate! Rejoice. Make merry with your friends and family and spouses and fiancés and strangers you come across. But do not forget that we aren’t done, we aren’t to get comfortable, we are to keep working; "Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream." - Martin Luther King Jr.
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Jarell Wilson is a 21 year old senior undergraduate student majoring in Sociology. A recent inductee to the UMC, he has dived head first into this church and plans to seek ordination as an elder. He is a lover of books, music, and Dr. Who. He also tries his hand at blogging & tweeting @Singing4joy.