These are my thoughts on the court’s decision.
First, as an American I am deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court of the United States has determined to try cases in the court of public opinion. In my high school civics class, it was never imagined that the highest court in the land decided issues based on majority opinion.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time the court has created laws, but it is certainly one of its most egregious decisions. In 1857, the court effectively endorsed slavery, resulting in our horrendous civil war. In 1973, the court created a right to abortion that has resulted in the deaths of more than 50 million Americans.
Second, I am deeply disturbed about the Supreme Court demolishing the democratic process. Of the states which have legalized same-sex marriage only four voted to do so. To the contrary, 50 million Americans have voted for the definition of marriage known for 5000 years and rooted in the natural law.
Third, I have great concerns that “sexual rights” have now trumped religious rights. In fact, the head of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission made that statement. He said that where sexual rights and religious rights intersect sexual rights must take precedence.
Where will this slippery slope take us? On the day of the court decision, Politico.com posted an article stating “the most natural advance next for marriage lies in legalized polygamy.” The article quoted the dissent of Chief Justice John Roberts who noted “It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage.”
The author of the piece argued: “Now that we’ve defined that love and devotion and family isn’t driven by gender alone, why should it be limited to just two individuals?”
You can see that this can quickly lead to the loss of religious freedom. This has major implications for people with deeply held religious beliefs. Businesses, churches, religious schools, and pastors will be affected.
Tomorrow I plan to write on what we can do in response to this ruling. I hope that you will read tomorrow and engage in discussion of what a proper Christian response should be.
Fourth, Bible believing Christians have the responsibility not to go silent in the face of the coming ridicule in the media and pressure from the government. We must speak the truth in love but speak the truth we must. All people – – religious and nonreligious – – will stand before God in the judgment. We must not shirk our responsibility to be watchmen for a society gone woefully wrong.
The day will come when all will stand before the highest court of all and give account of our actions. Let us be faithful to tell the many who want to hear of the unchanging Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Please join me tomorrow as we talk about our response to the new reality in America.
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