“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7
The Biblical warning above is one that Christians must take seriously, along with Acts 5:29: “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men…’” By a bare majority of 5-4, the Biblical definition of marriage, as well as its Author, was mocked not only by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), but by the deafening applause from the highest leaders of our government and the brazen rainbow coloring of the White House. Once again, the Court takes into its own hands matters of policy which are left, by the authority of the Constitution, to the legislative branch, which most closely represents the citizens of this nation. In acting as a super legislature, so to speak, the Supreme Court itself violated the constitutional parameters that were set in place for the preservation of liberty.
Last week, the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling on the marriage case (Obergefell v. Hodges) thus legalizing homosexual “marriage” throughout the nation. This comes despite fifty-five million Americans who went to the voting booth to preserve marriage as it has been understood throughout human history in most cultures: the union between one man and one woman. In a blatant exercise of judicial activism and assault on the Constitution, five judges in black robes have defied God’s plan for the family. CWA CEO and President Penny Nance said it well, “It is a sad day in America when nine unelected justices think themselves so powerful that they dare overturn the votes of millions of Americans who went to the voting booth to preserve marriage as it has been understood throughout history, the union between one man and one woman.”
View CWA’s National press release issued on June 26 in response to the SCOTUS decision.
The Court solves nothing with this ill-advised ruling, but only intensifies the culture wars, as it did in Roe v. Wade. Christians have already suffered persecution by losing their businesses or jobs for their stance on Biblical marriage, including in our own state Baronnelle Stutzman who simply and politely declined to provide flowers for a homosexual wedding, due to her sincerely-held religious values. We can only wonder what the future holds for believers who stand strong for God’s principles. Will the faithful be coerced to conform–even celebrate? Considering that the current “progressive” culture’s religion demands tolerance and diversity, it is highly ironic that their spokesmen and now even SCOTUS INSIST that we all throw away our moral diversity and conform to their standards!
Marriage cannot be redefined; marriage is defined by God’s inspired Word of Truth as the union of one man and one woman: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24). Not only is one-man plus one-woman marriage a divine idea, it is simply common sense, putting the proper pieces together!
The Court’s ill decision on marriage brings to mind Romans 1:21, 25, “For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, but they became futile in their speculations and their foolish heart was darkened … For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie …”
The Supreme Court believes the lie that humanism, not the Christian worldview, is the bedrock of Western values and law. We should not be surprised. For decades much of our justice system has been set against God’s law of life, marriage and religious liberty. It appears to the world that the Judeo-Christian values as established in America’s constitution are crumbling.
Penny Young Nance, CEO and President of CWA, stated, “What happens next must land squarely on the shoulders of the church of the living God. If pastors choose to ignore this attack on God’s earthly symbol of His relationship to His bride, the church, then marriage in America, as God created it, is finished … The next court cases coming will push for polygamy … the orientation toward creating children provided a basis for male-female marriage, but the new definition has no such foundation and, therefore, creates no argument against state recognition of any other arrangement among amorous, consenting adults.”
CWA is committed to the principles of Biblical marriage and the idea that it is “We the People” who should decide what marriage is, not unelected judges. Marriage consists only of the legal union between a man and a woman. No other domestic union may be recognized as a marriage or given the same or substantially equivalent legal effect. Today, the voices for truth will not be silenced as we honor God’s law and definition of marriage.
So what do we do now? We no longer have the luxury of keeping our faith private. We must engage in the frontlines of the culture wars and not confine our faith to the walls of our churches.
CWA of Washington calls you to PRAY as we are told, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14) Healing in our land will begin when we repent and turn from the ungodly view of marriage demonstrated by the brokenness in Christian marriages. We need to preserve our marriage relationships and faithfully fight the battles for life, Biblical marriage, and religious liberty!
Please PRAY that those suffering under the sin of disobedience will come to know Jesus Christ and come to honor God’s original design for marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
We must act. Our long term goal is to overturn the Supreme Court’s overreach in Obergefell and restore states’ rights. This will happen only if believers commit to participate in elections. Our immediate priority is to protect the religious freedom of those who will continue to regard marriage as only the union between one man and one woman. The First Amendment Defense Act (S. 1598, H.R. 2802) introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) clarifies and strengthens religious liberty protections in federal law to safeguard from government retaliation those individuals and institutions that promote traditional marriage.
Penny Young Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, had this to say:
“Nothing this Supreme Court does surprises conservatives. This current Court is populated by five activist judges less interested in the text of the Constitution than in their own goals for ‘progress’. The decisions made this year by SCOTUS on everything from healthcare to marriage to abortion will play heavily in the 2016 presidential election.” Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is committed to restoring the proper role of the judiciary as a co-equal branch of government instead of acting as it does today as a super-legislature.
For more information visit concernedwomen.org for multiple articles on the issue and be sure to read‘We Know Better,’ Five Justices Overrule Law, History and Nature to Impose Same-Sex ‘Marriage’.
PRAY, EDUCATE OTHERS, TAKE APPROPRIATE, RESPECTFUL ACTION!