This past Friday, June 26, the highest court in the United States issued a judgment by a margin of one vote, legalizing same sex marriage in our country. In their ruling, five appointed justices ruled that freedom of sexual orientation is now a right for all Americans.
As soon as I became aware of the court’s ruling, I posted this message on social media: “God is still on the throne. The Bible is still true. Jesus still saves and Heaven is still real! #SCOTUSFail.”
James Madison, one of the primary authors of the Constitution of the United States, said this: “We have staked the whole future of our new nation NOT upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments.” The Supreme Court banned the posting of the Ten Commandments on public school classroom walls in 1980. Prior to that, they banned prayer, (1962) specifically reciting the Lord’s Prayer and the reading of the Bible in public schools (1963).
So a Supreme Court ruling in opposition to Christian principles and practices is really nothing new. I agree with Dr. John MacArthur who wrote, “This exchange of one set of values in favor of another does not come as a surprise to us who already know that the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe (2 Cor. 4:4).”
Ironically, one of the dissenting Justices, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote, “A system of government that makes the people subordinate to a committee of 9 unelected lawyers doesn’t deserve to be called a democracy.”1
Chief Justice John Roberts, another of the dissenting Justices, wrote: “The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment… The Court invalidates the marriage laws of more than half the States and orders the transformation of a social institution that has formed the basis of human society for millennia, for the Kalahari Bushmen and the Han Chinese, the Carthaginians and the Aztecs. Just who do we think we are?”2
He also wrote: “The Court today not only overlooks our country’s entire history and tradition but actively repudiates it, preferring to live only in the heady days of the here and now. I agree with the majority that the ‘nature of injustice is that we may not always see it in our own times.’ As petitioners put it, ‘times can blind.’ But to blind yourself to history is both prideful and unwise.”3
Justice Clarence Thomas, another of the dissenting Justices, wrote: "Religious liberty is about more than just the protection for 'religious organizations and persons ... as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths.' Religious liberty is about freedom of action in matters of religion generally, and the scope of that liberty is directly correlated to the civil restraints placed upon religious practice… Had the majority allowed the definition of marriage to be left to the political process — as the Constitution requires — the People could have considered the religious liberty implications of deviating from the traditional definition as part of their deliberative process. Instead, the majority’s decision short-circuits that process, with potentially ruinous consequences for religious liberty.”4
Justice Samuel Alito, the fourth dissenting Justice, wrote: “Today’s decision usurps the constitutional right of the people to decide whether to keep or alter the traditional understanding of marriage. The decision will also have other important consequences. It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy. In the course of its opinion, the majority compares traditional marriage laws to laws that denied equal treatment for African-Americans and women. The implications of this analogy will be exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent.”5
So what should be the response of the church?
Here at Crossroads we don’t plan to change a thing. We’re going to continue unashamedly proclaiming and preaching the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16), believing that all men are sinners in need of a Savior (Romans 3:10, 23), and that JESUS CHRIST is the ONLY HOPE for our salvation (Romans 6:23; 10:9-10).
We’re going to continue to hold high the eternal, unchanging truths of God’s Word, the Bible. We believe it to be the written revelation of God, being fully inspired, absolutely inerrant in the original documents, infallible and God-breathed. It is the ONLY AUTHORITY for all faith and practice. We will preach, practice, and proclaim those truths even when they are unpopular or in direct opposition to the culture in which we live.
We’re going to continue to believe and be fully committed to marriage as being instituted and ordained by God in the Garden of Eden. God said it was “not good that the man should be alone.” So he created “a helper fit for him” (Genesis 2:18). “So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man” (Genesis 2:21-22). God blessed their union and said, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).
Jesus reaffirmed this in Matthew 19:1-6. We will continue to stand for and defend biblical, traditional marriage being between one man and one woman for life. No human court has the ability or authority to define or redefine marriage.
We will extend love and grace to everyone who comes to Crossroads. But grace must be firmly anchored in the unalterable truths of God’s Word. Crossroads is open to every sinner, regardless of race, religious background or sexual orientation. However, we will and must encourage every sinner to repent (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38), leave their sin (2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 3:4-10), and faithfully follow the Lord, living a life that honors Him (Luke 9:23; 57-62). Which has been our practice since our church began in November of 1970.
My good friend, Dr. O.S. Hawkins said, “We are about to find out who will stand as Peter did in Acts 5:29 and say, “We must obey God rather than men.” Dr. Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, said, “How did the followers of Jesus respond to the threats designed to silence them? They prayed for even more boldness to speak! (Acts 4:29).”
Here at Crossroads we’re going to continue standing for the things and the ONE we have always stood for: JESUS! We are also going to continue to pray for “even more boldness to speak!”
And we’re going to remember: “God is still on the throne. The Bible is still true. Jesus still saves and Heaven is still real!"
© 2015. Barry L. Cameron
1 Trevin Wax, "Top 10 Quotes From The Dissenting Justices On Same-Sex Marriage,” The Gospel Coalition, 26 June 2015. <http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/trevinwax/2015/06/26/top-10-quotes-from-the-dissenting-justices-on-same-sex-marriage/>.
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Today, more than 8,000 people call Crossroads their church home. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.