“You’re on the wrong side of history.” This rhetorical jab, often thrown at those attempting to maintain a biblical view of marriage and human sexuality even as the surrounding culture moves further from that view, is a handy way to say, “Hurry up. You’re going to lose the debate eventually, so why not give up now?” When the tide of culture is turning, and when the new moral “normal” seems inevitable, this can feel like a foreceful argument, indeed.
But there is one problem: What makes us think that today is the day we should judge the right side or the wrong side of history? Yes, what we view as true and right and good today is different than it was even 100 years ago. But what if our view changes once again? And it will change once again.
A future day is coming when our view of everything will change. Jesus described that day in John 5:28-29:
Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his [the Son of Man’s] voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.
Paul described that day in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17:
For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
John saw a vision of that day in Revelation 5:13:
And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
If Jesus is coming to judge the living and the dead as Scripture says he is, and if his return will mark the consummation of the new age eternal age in which he will reign openly in power and glory, then should we not wait to judge history until that day? And should we not agree that those who are on the “right” side of history on that day will be those who are on the side of Christ?