The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding the definition of marriage and the legalization of same-sex marriage in all fifty states has left many Christians puzzled as to what they should do, how they should respond, and where they should go from here.
Most everyone agrees that five justices on the Supreme Court took it upon themselves to make law, a task that is only assigned to our legislative branch.
However, as we have seen in America, even though the U.S. Constitution is clear about the assigned function of each of the three branches of government, the lines have been blurring for quite some time.
President Barack Obama has effectively changed the law pertaining to the Affordable Care Act on many occasions.
He has also been accused by the Republicans of also changing the laws concerning Immigration and the environment through means that are not a function of the executive branch. Only the legislative branch of Congress can create laws.
So, to answer the question that Christians are asking regarding their next step, my answer is that it should be the same for Christians as it is for those of every American citizen, including those who believe in same-sex marriage.
When your rights have been violated, the response of every American citizen should be the same.
You may be thinking, if you are an advocate for same-sex marriage, that you have finally been vindicated. However, the truth of the matter is that you should be just as alarmed by the ruling as anyone else.
The Supreme Court ignored the tenets of the Constitution in their recent decision in defining marriage, when it was not previously defined in the Constitution. Instead, the Supreme Court ignored this and wrote law defining marriage.
As a result of the court creating law regarding marriage, whether you are a same-sex couple or a heterosexual couple, the court and the government have now claimed a right to regulate your personal relationships in a way that has never been done before. The intrusion into your life has never been greater than it is following the court’s decision.
Don’t be surprised if future court cases delve even farther into your personal relationships whether you are gay or straight.
Was that what you were expecting when the First Amendment was ignored?
The U.S. Constitution was written to protect everyone’s rights. Not just heterosexual, homosexual, or rights of a particular race under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. It was not necessary for the court to change the Constitution by including a definition of marriage.
The court could have simply ruled that the 14th Amendment grants everyone the same freedom of association rights as implied in the First Amendment.
The Supreme Court affirmed this in 1995, in the case of Hurley vs. Irish American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston, which held that the state couldn’t force a group to include others into their organization if those persons didn’t promote their message which seems ironic following the recent court’s ruling.
A seemingly unconstitutional act now has the potential to further erode all American’s First Amendment rights.
Same-sex couples are now in the same precarious situation as are heterosexuals. The future is unclear.
Although, we don’t stand together regarding the definition of marriage, what is certain is that we should be standing in solidarity when it comes to contesting the erosions of our freedoms which are guaranteed under the Constitution.
Perhaps our struggles to this end will remain mostly ignored but one day we will have to stand side-by-side if we want to remain truly free.
If you have any hate in your heart for your fellow man or woman then get rid of it. This isn’t a “fight” against homosexuals, heterosexuals or anyone else.
There are many factions in our world today that would have us hate each other while our liberties continue to be eroded.
We must not fall into this trap. We must go forward in love and continue to press on.
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. showed us that we should love but also that we cannot remain silent.
King boycotted businesses that he felt were clearly not treating African-Americans equally under the Constitution nor under the laws of God.
If you don’t care about your freedoms and those of your children, then remain silent.
If you are concerned that where we are headed is not where you believe we should be heading then educate yourself, your neighbors and your children.
Stop looking for the leader that will show you what to do. Start being the leader that you’ve been looking for.
Familiarize yourself again or for the first time with the Bible so you will move forward under God’s law and with God’s love for your fellow countrymen.