The Decisions of the Supreme Court
If you want to see what a judicial roller coaster looks like, all you’d have to do is look at the Supreme Court of the United States. Decisions have been made and then reversed, made with good outcomes for the defense of morality, and made with disastrous repercussions on biblical principles. This week marked another one of those twists and turns, but it’s impossible not to feel that the Supreme’s Courts two decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and on Proposition 8 will eventually impact our country in ways as profound as Brown vs. the Board of Education or Roe vs. Wade.
When you hear that the highest court in our land has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional (in large part specifically because moral principles or “moral animus” against homosexual marriage and citizens motivated Congress in the first place), or when you consider that state’s rights to recognize homosexual marriage was affirmed by one decision while state’s rights for citizens to amend their own state constitutions regarding homosexual marriage was judged to lack legal standing in the other, you are faced with several choices. You could panic. You could grumble and complain to conservative friends about the decay of a nation, look into buying a bunker in Oregon, or go on Facebook rants. You could bury your head in the sand and hope that none of this will have any effect on your own life. You could question the Bible’s clear stance opposing homosexuality and decide this is one battle not worth fighting. All of these responses, however, would fall short of a helpful biblical model.
Here are some responses to this week’s Supreme Court rulings that I’d like to suggest.
Grieve over the approval of sin.
Remember that the Supreme Court is only the highest court in this land.
Rejoice that Christ the Judge will rule with justice and righteousness.
Pray for Jesus’ Kingdom to come.
Prepare yourself and your family for the inevitable forms of persecution rapidly approaching the Church.
Preach the Good News of Jesus boldly and without fear to all people, regardless of the kind of sin they prefer over Jesus.
In his excellent article on this topic (you really should read the whole thing), Russell Moore concludes, “Same-sex marriage is headed for your community. This is no time for fear or outrage or politicizing. It’s a time for forgiven sinners, like us, to do what the people of Christ have always done. It’s time for us to point beyond our family values and our culture wars to the cross of Christ as we say: ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.’ And that’s good news.” http://www.russellmoore.com/2013/06/26/how-should-same-sex-marriage-change-the-churchs-witness/