Virginia Christian Alliance Response to SCOTUS Decision on Same-Sex Marriage
by Don Blake
“THIS DAY SHALL LIVE IN INFAMY.” FDR
This is our nation’s darkest hour.
We are a nation now fully under God’s judgment.
We must fear our own government.
The Supreme Court has a cynical disregard of morality based in the name of reason and liberty.
We will become a churchless community.
The Church has abandoned Biblical Truth.
Discipleship has steps for us to take before God.
A list of steps is something for us to see.
Building the Resistance to Same-Sex Marriage
By Robert R. Reilly; June 8, 2015
Why have the pro-natural family forces been losing in court? Intentionally or not, Judge Richard Posner explained the reason in a 7th Circuit Court ruling (Sept. 4, 2014), in which he decided against the Indiana and Wisconsin laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman:
"The state [Wisconsin] does not mention Justice Alito’s invocation [in the Windsor case] of a moral case against same-sex marriage, when he states in his dissent that ‘others explain the basis for the institution in more philosophical terms. They argue that marriage is essentially the solemnizing of a comprehensive, exclusive, permanent union that is intrinsically ordered to producing new life, even if it does not always do so.’ [U.S. v. Windsor, 133 S.Ct. 2675, 2718 (2013).] That is a moral argument for limiting marriage to heterosexuals. The state does not mention the argument because as we said, it mounts no moral arguments against same-sex marriage.” Baskin v. Bogan, 766 F.3d 648, 669 (7th Cir. 2014) (emphasis added).
By Herbert W. Titus and William J. Olson
(Part 2, see Part 1 of Building the Resistance to Same-Sex Marriage
Within the month, the nation will receive the opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court as to whether the U.S. Constitution requires all of the states to jettison their domestic laws and sanction same-sex marriage. Numerous federal judges have so ruled, and most states have simply yielded to those federal court decisions. In a few cases, beginning with Vermont and Massachusetts, state courts ruled for same sex marriage, and state officials have accepted passively those decisions as well.
Generally, courts have ruled for same-sex marriage using either the “due process clause” or the “equal protection clause” of the Fourteenth Amendment, or both. That raises a simple question: is it really possible that when the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified in 1868 the framers intended that it sanction same-sex marriage? Of course not. The U.S. Constitution says nothing about same-sex marriage. Then, how could the Constitution be manipulated to support a decision in favor of same-sex marriage? Well it has not been easy. The Constitutional case for same-sex marriage is pathetically weak — unless you adopt the notion of an “evolving” Constitution — which is, of course, the polar opposite of the notion of our “written” Constitution.
By William J. Olson and Herbert W. Titus
(Part one of a series)
On April 28, 2015, nine unelected lawyers drawn from three elite law schools (Harvard, Yale, and Columbia) listened to 90-minutes of oral argument about same-sex marriage and then retreated behind a wall of red velvet drapes to confer secretly about whether the U.S. Constitution requires that the U.S. Supreme Court impose same-sex marriage on the entire nation.
Consider for a moment the process by which that decision will be reached. When the Court decided to hear the Obergefell consolidated cases from the Sixth Circuit, that decision was reached in secret. The Justices consult only with their colleagues and their law clerks, also drawn from elite law schools. When a decision in the case is issued, presumably before the end of the current term toward the end of June, the Court will address only those issues argued by parties and the amici curiae that it cares to address. Its opinion will contain only those reasons for its decision that the Court chooses to reveal. The majority decision may be agreed to by as few as five of these nine justices unaccountable to no one but themselves. And then, the Court will expect the American people to set aside their individual and collective judgment and passively abide by whatever decision is reached -- based on a doctrine no where found in the U.S. Constitution -- “judicial supremacy.”
Marriage is Part of God’s Calling
We need to be disciples before God - and focusing on marriage.
God calls us as believers in Christ to be disciples. Not only do we trust Christ as our Savior, but we are to bow before God and obey God. What we see here on marriage is that if we are believers in Christ - and especially if we are disciples of Christ - we need to have consistent “oneness in marriage.”
What we can see here in this article is that both discipleship and oneness in marriage are God’s callings. Discipleship is one of God’s primary callings toward us, and an aspect of discipleship is pursuing God versus ourselves. And having oneness in marriage is an aspect of pursuing God versus pursuing our own thoughts or feelings toward our spouse.
What Happened? Why Did It Happen? And So What?
“No man can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon.” (Jesus – Mt. 6:24)
“Render unto God what is God’s and unto Caesar what is Caesars.” (Jesus -- Mt. 22:21)
It all started with good intentions. Just like a law that Congress passed almost unanimously and which President Clinton then signed into law in 1993, Indiana passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act several weeks ago designed to protect Christians from being forced to take actions that violate their deeply held beliefs. Furthermore, it was much like a law which 19 other states have also passed.
Stephen McDowell | The Providence Foundation
(The following is taken from the booklet The Biblical Family: Instrument of Godly Transformation, which can be ordered from our bookstore.)
The family is God’s chief instrument of Biblical transformation. It is God’s primary tool for extending His kingdom — His government — in the earth. Children are arrows or weapons that God gives the family to prepare to shoot into the culture and the future (Psalm 127:4). If the family is faulty, the fulfillment of the mission wanes and the nation will decline.
There are numerous signs of decay in the American culture. The most disturbing is the breakdown of the family. In 1960, 72% of adults were married. Today it is about 50%. In 1960, 65% of those filing taxes were married and 35% were unmarried; today, 39% are married, and 61% unmarried. In 1980, 18% of children were born outside of marriage; today over 40% are born outside of marriage. Today, only 32% of people think premarital sex is wrong; 69% thought so in 1969.
Heather Barwick, who was raised by two lesbians, wrote a compelling story about why she opposes same-sex marriage. Married to a man and raising four children, Heather has come to realize why same-sex marriage is wrong and why it harms children.
In her powerful story, Heather wrote in The Federalist: “Growing up, and even into my 20s, I supported and advocated for gay marriage. It’s only with some time and distance from my childhood that I’m able to reflect on my experiences and recognize the long-term consequences that same-sex parenting had on me. And it’s only now, as I watch my children loving and being loved by their father each day, that I can see the beauty and wisdom in traditional marriage and parenting.”
We need to be disciples before God - and focusing on marriage.
God calls us to be disciples before God. Not only do we trust Christ as our Savior, but we are to move forward as disciples before God, And, as a disciple, we are to do a series of things:
We bow before God - submit to God versus submission to ourselves.
We try to obey God’s instructions.
One of our pursuits as a “disciple” is pursuing oneness in marriage.
We recently celebrated Christmas - the day that Christ was born as a human. He was God and Messiah, but He descended into a human body. When He was born, he was created by the Holy Spirit within a woman, Mary. Mary could see that she was bearing a baby, even though she was not married and that she had never had any physical relationship with any man - including no physical relationship with the one she was engaged to - Joseph.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows:
When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together
she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.
Joseph saw Mary pregnant and he thought she had sex with someone else. So he decided not to marry her. But then an angel came and told him that Mary had conceived her child by the Holy Spirit of God. So he saw that he was to wait until that child was born and then he would marry her.
Asserting that marriage should be reinforced, not redefined, the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national, nonprofit public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, MI filed its fourth amicus brief (friend of the court brief) in the U.S. Supreme Court supporting traditional marriage this past Friday (December 19th). The amicus brief, which was filed on behalf of the National Coalition of Black Pastors and Christian Leaders (Coalition), supported the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision in the case of Deboer v. Snyder, which upheld Michigan’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman as constitutional.
We have been discussing marriage, and we have seen how it is God’s calling. Instead of any lack of oneness or even divorce we are to pursue oneness in marriage, despite any difficulties. This is one of God’s prominent callings toward us, and so our oneness-pursuit is a form of obedience before God and a response to His grace toward us.
This time there is a focus on using Christmas toward children. There are two points:
1. Our culture is mis-communicating Christmas. See this below.
2. We need to teach our children to go in a Spiritual direction. Christmas is one thing to teach.
The children we focus on might be the ones we are still raising - or they might be adults who are married and have their own children.
Either way, we can provide some important thoughts on Christmas.
God Ordained Family Unit