A Statement concerning the Supreme Court decision on Same-sex Marriage

On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision declaring the right of same-sex couples to possess the same marital classification as that of a heterosexual solemn union.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for the majority, saying, “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.” Justice Kennedy’s statement was accompanied by a sweeping alteration of the very foundation of this admittedly profound union.
Adam Liptak of the New York Times wrote,
“The decision, which was the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, set off jubilation and tearful embraces across the country, the first same-sex marriages in several states, and resistance — or at least stalling — in others. It came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans now approve of the unions.”[1]

In the media reports and general public arena it has become quite clear that any disapproval of same-gender sexual union is unacceptable in American society at large. Many have no time or patience for anyone who would refer to the ‘simplistic,’ ‘antiquated,’ and ‘intolerant’ ideals found in Scripture regarding this matter. In times like these some Christians may feel the strong urge to capitulate and give way to the cultural acceptability of such things. Many Christians (both leaders and lay persons) are even crying out with sounds of biblical jargon to unite with the chorus of those who celebrate sin. ‘After all,’ they say, ‘to call homosexual expression sinful is unloving and intolerant, and Christians should never be loveless bigots.’

What are Christians to do amidst such pressure from every side?

Should you protest in an angry tone? Should you reject the culture around you and hide away from anyone who doesn’t share your view? Should you despair over the situation facing you today?

I say NO to all of these!

It is the Christian’s great joy to engage the culture for the sake of the Gospel. We are to be in the world and not of it. We are to be ambassadors for Christ. We are debtors to every man, woman, and child – for Christ has given us grace that must be shared far and wide.

Furthermore, despair and discouragement are the antithesis of what it means to be a child of God. Why should I despair?! Has Christ lost His throne? Has God’s plan to redeem been thwarted? Has Satan overthrown the Sovereign God of the universe, who is my heavenly Father and the lover of my soul?

So, what should we do then? Charles Spurgeon’s words may be helpful to us now. He said:

“Sometimes when we notice an evil and protest as boldly and conscientiously as we can against it, we feel that our protest is too obscure to have much influence. It will then be our very best resource to resolutely abstain from the evil, ourselves, and so, at least in one person, to overthrow its power. If you cannot convert a man from his error by an argument, you can at least prove the sincerity of your reasoning by your own behavior. And thus, if no fortress is captured, you will at least ‘hold the fort’ and you may do more—your faithfulness may win more than your zeal could have! Vow faithfully within your own heart and say frankly to your neighbor, ‘You may do what you will, but as for me, God forbid that I should remove the old landmarks, or seek out new paths, however inviting, or turn aside from that which I know to be the good old way.’ A determined resolution of that sort, fully adhered to, will often carry more weight and exert more influence on the mind of an individual, especially of a waverer, than a host of arguments. Your actions will speak more loudly than your words.”[2]

Simply put, we must refuse to bend to the whims of sinful men – and we must keep our resolution first and foremost in our own everyday lives.

We must learn to love the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that Good Message that rings loudly in our ears concerning our own sinful wage and the gracious Savior that took our place.

We must pray that God would break our hearts over the utter desolation of our friends and family members who are, at this moment, slaves to sin. Sin is no small thing, and our hearts should be broken over it. Oh, God help us! Make us truly love, so that we may be genuine disciples of Christ.

We must call sin what it is, and we must demonstrate the kind of grace that God has shown towards us in Christ Jesus.

Make no mistake… Homosexual acts are sinful before God, and so are all other sexually impure acts. Sex before or outside of marriage, adultery, and unchecked lustful passions are all sinful and destructive. Such things are detestable to God and worthy of His eternal wrath. To call such things anything other is an unloving deception of the most destructive kind. But thanks be to God that Christ has died for sinners – sinners guilty of exactly these kinds of things. The ugliness of sin forces us to see the amazing wonder of Christ’s marvelous grace, and the Gospel is the only hope for sinners (both homosexual and heterosexual ones).
Today, and everyday, let us all call ourselves and others towards holy lives as we express love and gratitude to the Savior of sinners like us. May God grant us all the grace to know Him, the courage to serve Him, and the fidelity to do both well.



[2]This quote is taken from Charles Spurgeon’s sermon on Galatians 6:16. See full sermon transcript here: http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols22-24/chs1447.pdf