Homosexuality, Abortion, and Forsaking Israel
The day after the 1987 Gay Pride Parade in Washington, D.C. the Stock Market crashed….this was God’s judgment upon the land.
Same-sex Marriage in America
This week the U.S. Supreme Court reviewed an historic case questioning whether the states can constitutionally limit marriage to a relationship between a man and a woman. Parties in the case argued for and against Proposition 8, the California law prohibiting same-sex marriage, passed a majority of the voters in California. The Court may take a position that the states cannot violate the equal protection clause of the 15th Amendment.
DOMA, the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act
Supreme Court justices raise doubts about federal marriage law. A majority of Supreme Court justices voiced skepticism Wednesday about the legitimacy of a federal provision that prevents married gay couples from receiving a range of federal benefits, raising questions about whether the Defense of Marriage Act will stand. The big question before the court was not whether gay marriage should be legal but whether the federal government should recognize those unions and give benefits to same-sex couples. Although DOMA remains the law of the land, the Obama administration stopped defending it in court two years ago. Currently, its defense is funded by House Republicans.
Gay marriage has been approved in nine states – Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, Washington – and the District of Columbia. Thirty one states have amended their constitutions to prohibit same-sex marriage. North Carolina was the most recent example last May.
Bible-believing Evangelicals Ridiculed for Support of Traditional Marriage
If you are a conservative evangelical who believes in the biblical definition of traditional marriage then you are ridiculed as a bigot, or a narrow-minded “hater.” The tables have been turned. Evangelicals are now considered the “minority.” This is mostly due to the level of contempt by media commentators and Hollywood producers who support the homosexual lifestyle. Unfortunately, it is just going to continue to increase and get more aggressive against Bible-believing evangelicals.
In our American culture today, you can easily make the argument that it is harder to stand for biblical truth than it is to be a supporter of gay marriage in today’s society. On the other hand, Christians should never participate in hate crimes and bullying against anyone. This is a sin against God Almighty.
Decisions in both cases are expected by June. Pray for Biblical principles to be upheld in the heart of the justices. Pray for the fear of God Almighty to guide their decisions. Pray for them to be led by the sevenfold spirit of the LORD, (Isaiah 11:2-3).
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