Response to Supreme Court Decision this week
Obviously, this has not been a good week for those who hold to a traditional view of marriage. Let me begin by saying we are not mad. We are disappointed, but not mad. This must be our posture to the world which is watching us. Several months ago, anticipating this decision, this church took steps to protect me, and this church, from what happened this week. Obviously, our decision is only as good as those who interpret what we have done.
Let me make it clear: I will not be a part of a marriage that is not one man and one woman. I am willing to go to the mat for this. That scares my wife greatly because she fears her husband may end up in jail, or severely penalized, for his stand. She and I are one in our view on this issue. She is willing to take this stand with me; but obviously, it causes a great deal of uncertainty in her heart about what will happen to me, and for that, I will be forever grateful. I just want you to know that.
While we are obviously disappointed by the phenomenal mis-interpretation of the 14th amendment, we are not surprised.
An article on this amendment states: AThe Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted on July 9, 1868, as one of the Reconstruction Amendments. The amendment addresses citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws, and was proposed in response to issues related to former slaves following the Civil War. The Fourteenth Amendment, particularly its first section, is one of the most litigated parts of the Constitution, forming the basis for landmark decisions such as Roe v. Wade (1973) regarding abortion, Bush v. Gore (2000) regarding the 2000 presidential election, and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) regarding same‑sex marriage. The amendment limits the actions of all state and local officials, including those acting on behalf of such an official.
Allow me to read the 14th amendment in its entirety:
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty‑one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty‑one years of age in such State.
Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two‑thirds of each House, remove such disability.
Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.
Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
It is quite clear to anyone who is not a lawyer that the Arights@ our supremes have found in this amendment are grievously stretching the limits of reason and language. It is also quite clear that Congress is in control here, not the Supreme Court.
Enough on the errors of our supreme court. Here is what I want you to know. Our supreme court is not the supreme court. Five justices filled with hubris decided to create a human right out of broadcloth. The supreme court with which we are concerned is the supreme court of God Almighty, and His opinion on this matter is unchanged.
Now, let=s get real. Sexual sin is not the sin that will send you to Hell without passing Go. All sin, your sin, my sin, had us all destined for Hell before Jesus rescued us. This, beloved, must be our stance to a watching world. Those watching us want us to be mad, to be hateful, to be un-Christian. Do not do it! Love people in the name of Jesus. Our motto is not just a catchy phrase. It is the way we want to order our lives: Loving God, Loving each other, loving the world.
Sinners are in desperate need of the love of Jesus, and our love. They want us to love them. They need us to love them. That does not mean we condone what they are doing. It does not mean we celebrate the cowardice demonstrated by our highest court this week. It does not mean we give sin free pass.
It does mean we examine our own lives and allow God to apply His correction where it is needed and then we move out in love; in grace, to show a desperate world, what the love of Jesus looks like in the lives of people just like you and me.
So beloved, you can be hurt. You can be disappointed. But you cannot be mad. You can just move out from here with Jesus= love. That is the only thing that will change our world