A Word about Marriage, SCOTUS Ruling and Redeemer
July 3, 2015 | by: 1 Comments|
The last seven days have produced much thought, attention and emotion as the Supreme Court of the United States issued a ruling requiring all 50 states to recognize and license marriages between two people of the same sex. I am writing today to help you process what has occurred, promise to help you with honest questions and assure you of Redeemer's stance on the issue.
Perhaps, you do not keep up with news and media, or you have only heard snipets of information. This may leave you wondering exactly what the Supreme Court said and what the implications are. This helpful article by Joe Carter gives the facts.
The Court ruled the Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-State.
What Is Redeemer's Position?
Redeemer operates in friendly cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention and affirms the Baptist Faith and Message, 2000, which states the following:
God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race.
Also, I signed Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaratation on Marriage with the blessing and affirmation of our elders. This is the outline of the declaration.
- As evangelical Christians, we dissent from the court’s ruling that redefines marriage.
- The Bible clearly teaches the enduring truth that marriage consists of one man and one woman.
- Evangelical churches must be faithful to the biblical witness on marriage regardless of the cultural shift.
- The gospel must inform our approach to public witness.
- The redefinition of marriage should not entail the erosion of religious liberty.
- The gospel of Jesus Christ determines the shape and tone of our ministry.
How Should We Respond?
I spoke briefly to this issue on Sunday morning. You can listen to my comments here.
We believe the Bible teaches marriage is something God created and intends to be between a man and a women for a lifetime. We have the opportunity to believe what the Bible says and to stand up for it. We will be faithful. We will pray for one another. We will help one another. We will not despair because God is in control. My encouragment to you is to keep believing the Bible, keep walking by faith and keep trusting God.
First, we need courage to believe biblical truth about marriage and courage to exercise such faith. For this, we can all pray.
Second, we can pray and ask God to bring about change. We ask God to make marriage honored in our homes, in the church and in our nation.
Third, we remember this world is not our home. Here is a helpful article by Russell Moore entitled, Why the Church Should Neither Cave nor Panic. It ends with this helpful statement, "Let’s seek the kingdom. Let’s stand with the gospel. Let’s fear our God. But let’s not fear our mission field."
Fourth, we love those who disagree with us. We invite all people to Christ and the joy of salvation.
Fifth, we do not become arrogant. We remember that God's salvation is a gift. We walk as humble recipients and ambassadors.
Please feel free to contact me or one of our elders with any questions may have.
May the God of grace and truth be with us all,
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