Maybe you have heard about the generous pledge made by Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos to help pass a same-sex marriage referendum in the state of Washington. Bezos, founder of Amazon, intends to give $2.5 million to this cause. The obvious, anticipated question is, “Where is the outrage over this decision?” Bezos did not merely affirm his point of view about marriage, he backed it up by enriching the ability of proponents of the measure more than two-fold. No mayors are urging a boycott of Amazon, no news stories decrying the bias or prejudice of the Bezos family. Instead, what media coverage I’ve seen and heard has been decidedly positive.
Certainly, none of this should surprise us. The devil has control of this world, as it has been throughout earth’s history. The world’s course of thinking has always “won” the day with the majority. The Bible tells us as much. Paul wrote, “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest” (Eph. 2:1-3). He also said that the god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers (2 Co. 4:4).
It seem to me that it is right to be outraged by the hypocrisy of the media’s handling of Dan Cathy’s statement and Jeff Bezos’ obscenely large donation, but don’t be surprised by it. John simply says, “Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you” (1 Jn. 3:13). Jesus said, “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you” (Jn. 15:18). See, our values and convictions were not formed from our own thoughts and feelings. We simply seek to stand by, defend, and be guided by what the Bible says on the matter of both marriage and homosexuality. Maybe we should stop waiting for the world to accept the beliefs we hold, and instead try to lovingly, patiently teach them and know that those open to God’s will are going to accept it. The rest will simply follow the course of this world.