Okay, so I promised myself that I would say anything about the Supreme Court’s ruling today, but it’s all over Facebook and the moment I log in to post about something *COMPLETELY* different, the top banner of the editing page is a rainbow, so I feel like God is calling me to say my piece, and then I am done with this topic until God directs me otherwise.
So, here it goes:
As we all probably know by now, on Friday, June 26,2015, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that same-sex marriage is legal and should be recognized and protected by US Law in all 50 states. And that’s saying something.
For years, the LGBT community has fought for certain rights in this country, the right to marry being the foremost right they desired. And now, thanks to the US Supreme Court, they have it.
Churches and different faiths across the country who condemn homosexuality or any type of sexuality that is outside the realm of male/female relationships are in an uproar, and I’m sure Facebook and Twitter and Vine and YouTube and whatever else are all being flooded by this ruling. I may be just another voice in the mix of the chaos, but I’m willing to cast my voice anyway and hope that someone finds it and listens.
I will not say anything regarding how the Bible views homosexuality. I will not state my own views on homosexuality, because I’m still not sure where I stand on this whole issue. However, I will just give a brief commentary and my reaction about this ruling.
I am grateful that I live in a country where the government protects the rights of it’s citizens and adjusts it’s laws to include sub-cultures who are fighting for rights with it’s borders. I am grateful that I am able to speak my mind about the ruling and not face any type of punishment from the courts of law (though I am completely vulnerable to the court of public opinion). I am also grateful where I, as a follower of Jesus Christ, am able to exercise my right to practice my religion, no matter where it may be or what the circumstances are.
That being said, for those of you of the Christian and other faiths that are upset about this ruling, remember what Paul said to the Roman Christians, and it is that we are to respect the government and submit to it’s authority, because the people in those seats only have them because God has given them to the people who are there (Romans 13:1-3).
We should also be grateful that, as a result of this ruling, ministers and people of faith are allowed to live out their convictions regarding same-sex marriage, as protected by the First Amendment. On page 27 of the court’s ruling, it is stated:
“Finally,it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered. The same is true of those who oppose same-sex marriage for other reasons. In turn, those who believe allowing samesex marriage is proper or indeed essential, whether as a matter of religious conviction or secular belief, may engage those who disagree with their view in an open and searching debate. The Constitution, however, does not permit the State to bar same-sex couples from marriage on the same terms as accorded to couples of the opposite sex.”
So, for those of you who think that this tramples on your rights to protest or speak out against same-sex marriage and the homosexual community based off your religions beliefs, you are wrong. Truthfully, as a result of this ruling, no one is allowed to be sued or have charges brought against them if they deny certain services to same-sex couples on the grounds of religious beliefs.
If you would like to read the full ruling by the Supreme Court, it can be found here.
So, my friends, arm yourselves with the proper knowledge, and, brothers and sisters, speak your truth, the Truth, in love, not in hate. Know the laws of the land in which you live and be prepared to give a defense when you are asked about your convictions.
Be blessed, my friends