Whether last Friday’s Supreme Court ruling about same sex marriage caught you off guard or not, here are some responses I’ve found helpful in digesting and processing and attempting to answer the question: now what?
But first, here are my brief thoughts. Although I was saddened by the court’s decision, I was not surprised by it. Nor was I was surprised to see non-Christians celebrating the decision. The world does not love Jesus (check out all of John chapter 1 and 3 if you doubt that), or the Scriptures, and has always and will always celebrate sin of all kinds.
However, the day I became a Christian I surrendered my rights, my will and my personal opinions to Jesus and the truth contained in the Bible. God has told us what is right and what is wrong. One of the things He says is sinful is any sexual activity outside of the bounds He set up: marriage between one man and one woman for life. The Bible condemns premarital sex, adultery, rape, incest and homosexual sex as well as lust. That is why, regardless of what the Supreme Court justices say is legal, I cannot celebrate this decision. Nor will I be covering my Facebook avatar with rainbows. It is not a Christian thing to rejoice over your sin or the sins of others, regardless of what the sin is. I would no more celebrate stealing, idolatry, adultery or murder.
1 John 1:5-7 says, “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”
1 Cor. 13:6 says, “Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.”
Will I continue to strive to treat everyone I meet with love and kindness and compassion, including gays and lesbians? That should go without saying. I will also pray for them, that they would be saved and someday experience the freedom God gives — not freedom to sin, but freedom from the power of sin, death and the devil. Freedom that can only come through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
To borrow from Martin Luther, “Here I stand, I can do no other.”
Butterfield and Yuan are former homosexual activists. This is their response to the SCOTUS decision:
“This is the world that we, Christopher and Rosaria, helped build—a world pursuing dignity and equality. The people you see celebrating the recent SCOTUS decision to redefine marriage (and with marriage, personhood) would have been us, not very long ago.”
You’ll have to read the whole article if you want to know why that isn’t their response now.
Mohler dissects the legal ramifications of the SCOTUS ruling, the threat to religious liberty as well as the responsibility of those who believe the Bible and claim the name of Jesus. Here are just a couple excerpts:
“The threat to religious liberty represented by this decision is clear, present, and inevitable. Assurances to the contrary, the majority in this decision has placed every religious institution in legal jeopardy if that institution intends to uphold its theological convictions limiting marriage to the union of a man and a woman. This threat is extended to every religious citizen or congregation that would uphold the convictions held by believers for millennia. Justice Clarence Thomas warned in his dissent of ‘ruinous consequences for religious liberty.'”
“We cannot be silent, and we cannot join the moral revolution that stands in direct opposition to what we believe the Creator has designed, given, and intended for us. We cannot be silent, and we cannot fail to contend for marriage as the union of a man and a woman.”
“In one sense, everything has changed. And yet, nothing has changed. The cultural and legal landscape has changed, as we believe this will lead to very real harms to our neighbors. But our Christian responsibility has not changed. We are charged to uphold marriage as the union of a man and a woman and to speak the truth in love. We are also commanded to uphold the truth about marriage in our own lives, in our own marriages, in our own families, and in our own churches.”
Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage and a Response
Many prominent evangelicals have signed this evangelical declaration on marriage. I think there is some really good, Biblically accurate stuff in here, but was also intrigued to read Rob Gagnon’s response and critique of it. Definitely some things to ponder.
I’m proud of my Presbyterian brethren for putting out this clear affirmation regarding God’s definition of marriage and standing firm that just because something is legal, that does not mean it is in line with the “timeless truths divinely revealed in the Bible.”
Legalizing same-sex marriage is only the beginning and the religious freedom issue is next. This post by Erik Stanley of Alliance Defending Freedom shares some particular things Bible-believing churches need to be aware of and to prepare for.
Mike and Amy discuss questions for the church and professing Christians in the wake of the Supreme Court decision.