It has taken me a little while to collect my thoughts on this subject before I responded. It is a BIG topic. I’m not going to spend any time defending the Biblical view on traditional marriage. I’ve already done that. I’m just going to provide a reaction.
In the recent unsurprising historic Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, it’s been little noted that it was 5 for, 4 against. In an unusual turn of event all four Justices that were against wrote letters of dissent. Here are some interesting quotes I found from those letters…
“Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law.” – Justice Roberts
“States are free to adopt whatever laws they like, even those that offend the esteemed Justices’ ‘reasoned judgment.'” – Justice Scalia
“Liberty has long been understood as individual freedom from government action, not as a right to a particular governmental entitlement.” – Justice Thomas
“Even enthusiastic supporters of same-sex marriage should worry about the scope of the power that today’s majority claims. Today’s decision shows that decades of attempts to restrain this Court’s abuse of its authority have failed.” – Justice Alito
The mighty power that was Rome fell due to a fall of morality, a corruption of government, and persecution of Christians. We are doing a fabulous job following in their footsteps. If you are like me you are amazed at the amount of people in support of the decision who you thought were Christians. The Barna Research Group did a quick response to the Supreme Court ruling to find out how Evangelical Christians felt vs. those with “no faith” or other faiths.
“Nearly all theologically defined evangelicals say they are not in favor of the Court’s decision (94%) – more than twice the proportion among the general population (43%) and even significantly more than the practicing Christians segment (66%). Only 2 percent of evangelicals say they support the decision to legalize same-sex marriage. They are also much more likely to say same-sex marriage will have a negative impact on society (86% vs. 40% among all U.S. adults), to believe extending marriage rights was morally right (10% vs. 52%) and to say same-sex marriage rights are protected by the Constitution (15% vs. 52%).”
This is another turning point for the church in the sexual revolution that began in the 1960’s. Opponents of our view rightly point out that we dropped the ball on the rise of divorce, cohabitation, pornography, etc. Will the church do what it has unfortunately normally done and continue to fall back into obscurity and cultural irrelevance or will it seize this opportunity to come together as one and let our 94% voice be heard?
The other BIG question is: will this victory be it for the same-sex movement? If marriage is what they wanted, they got it. I fear what they really want is to change the mind of every person who disagrees. They don’t really just want tolerance, they want conformity. “Love wins”. In other words, if you disagree – you are against love. That’s not really fighting fair is it? This has nothing to do with love. I personally do not agree 100% on everything with anyone. Does that mean I don’t love ANYONE? Of course not. Disagreeance is part of life, and it’s a part of being a melting pot of various cultures and beliefs. I believe THAT is what they really want to change.
I’m not too concerned for actual churches who disagree or ministers who won’t marry gay couples. I don’t see that becoming an issue for a while. People have been harping on the separation of church and state for so long that now they will have to respect it the other way around. BUT as was mentioned before the Supreme Court – what about a Christian college that accepts federal grant money or student aid or doesn’t allow openly homosexual students to house together… what will happen to them? The court admitted – this will be a problem. That is where the problems are going to start arising. Will tolerance swing both ways? Why don’t I think it will?
As a Biblical Christian, I have read the end of the story. I realize that things must get much, much worse than this for the end to come. I’m surprised it is happening so fast, but all the more opportunity to practice GRACE WITH SALT. Grace to everyone! We are all sinners, and no sin is greater than another. But don’t leave out the salt. We are the salt of the earth. We need to represent the truth. But there needs to be a balance to it. Too much salt in your meal and you will spit it out of your mouth, too little – and it is bland. But the right balance is perfect!