Steve Strang Says Supreme Court’s Decision on Homosexual Marriage Will Separate the Wheat from the Chaff In the Church

The Supreme Court (Flickr )
The Supreme Court (Flickr )

By now everyone has heard the bad news: The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision has legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. The good news is that finally Christians must stand up and be counted. Not only that, but we must resist this spiritual attack with the power of the Holy Spirit and believe that somehow something good will come out of this terrible decision.

Marriage has been under attack for decades. Divorce. Couples living together. A growing acceptance of homosexuality. And an acceptance by many of every sort of sexual behavior.

But this is different in that the Supreme Court has, as the Family Research Council said, “put our government on a collision course with America’s cherished religious freedoms, explicitly guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution.”

As Christian journalists, we will vigorously cover this story over the upcoming months and years. We will report on who is standing strong and who is caving in. We will not compromise what God’s Word says and will do everything in our power to galvanize the church to uphold biblical principles regarding marriage and holy living.

The danger is that many Christians will be silent as they were when prayer was taken out of the schools, or even when Roe v. Wade was handed down in 1973. Back then it was mostly Roman Catholics who were publically opposed to abortion. Evangelicals only began to oppose abortion later.

This time many are saying that if necessary we will resort to civil disobedience—deciding to follow God’s law rather than man’s.

Within minutes of the Supreme Court announcement, leaders were issuing statements. For example, 100 evangelical leaders issued this, “Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage,” saying “As evangelical Christians, we dissent from the court’s ruling that redefines marriage. The state did not create the family and should not try to recreate the family in its own image.”

Samuel Rodriguez, the head of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, said the “decision redefining marriage serves as a de facto and legal catalyst of the marginalization of Americans who embrace a biblical worldview.”

Bishop Joseph Mattera issued a statement on five things churches should immediately do to protect themselves from the Supreme Court “same-sex” marriage law, concluding that “if all else fails and the courts eventually override church bylaws, then the only alternative left will be for biblically based clergy to engage in civil disobedience and refuse to comply with the law—irrespective of the penalties, consequences and cultural stigma they will receive.”

Even as I’m writing this, I’m getting statements from presidential candidates like Rick Santorum, who said: “This court ruling is the Roe v. Wade of the 21st century. It’s an attack on religious freedom, an affront to the religious liberty of millions of Americans and a threat to the stability of our families. As president, I will do all within my power to overturn it.”

Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee pledged to “pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.”

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SOURCE: Charisma News
Steve Strang

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