The Supreme Court of the United States has issued its ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex marriages. Every culture has had homosexuality, but none has ever sanctioned the practice with marriage. To do so requires ignoring the design of nature itself and worse, it denies that the God of nature ordained marriage between a male and a female only.
Our Nation was founded upon the “laws of Nature and Nature’s God”; with the Supreme Court of the United States’ sanctioning of same-sex marriage, it not only is creating law by judicial fiat, it is ignoring natural law.
Marriage, according to the Bible, can exist only between one man and one woman. This definition precedes civil government and religion. The Supreme Court redefining of marriage to include same-sex couples is ignoring thousands of years of history.
There is no disputing that the cultural landscape in America is changing. The assumption on the left is that such change is good. But we should approach such change with caution. Recently, Vision America Action took the lead in placing a full page ad in the Washington Post and USA Today, in which many of the leading pastors and religious leaders in America stated in effect: We’re not changing our beliefs or practices to accommodate a Supreme Court ruling that redefines marriage, and sanctions same-sex relations. Though laws are changed by judicial fiat, we will respectfully disobey regardless of the consequences.
I believe that most homosexuals in America are like most Christians; they simply want to live and let live, and have no desire to impose their beliefs on others. But fringe groups on both sides of the debate over marriage are forcing a dangerous polarization in our culture. We who believe that homosexuality is wrong are compelled by our love for homosexuals to express that belief, based on biblical revelation, but that does not mean we hate those who embrace homosexuality. In fact, we believe that we are expressing the purist form of love. We love them enough to face their rejection and at times their ridicule, in order to offer God’s redemption and freedom.
There are millions of Americans who practice their faith and attend churches regularly because they sincerely believe that God’s word is true. If same-sex marriage becomes a civil right (as it now is), the solicitor general made it clear during oral arguments before the Supreme Court that tax exemption for those who do not comply would be an issue. We are constantly being told that churches will not be forced to conduct such marriages, but churches do a lot of things other than perform marriages: They have food kitchens, rescue missions, schools, day-care centers, hospitals and colleges, all licensed by the state. If their tax exemptions are removed, God’s churches won’t go away, but much of the good they perform for all Americans will be lost, including benevolence and care extended to homosexuals with AIDS and other illnesses.
By the way, when was the last time a movie or sitcom produced in Hollywood depicted a pastor as caring, loving and selfless? The pastors I know and with whom I associate, and particularly those who have signed our Pledge, have committed their lives to serving people. I know many who have taken the homeless and broken into their homes, regularly stay up all night with people who are suffering or have lost loved ones. They are among the best educated and least paid in our society but they serve selflessly because they have been called to be a pastor.
But the typical portrayal of a pastor in a movie is that of an unstable or bigoted hypocrite. I have known thousands of preachers in my 40-plus years of ministry, but only a handful who have turned out to be less than represented. Pastors are just people, and some fail, but the vast majority give their lives to serve others.
We do not hate homosexuals and we are not out to hurt them. We love them, and we love God, His Word, and His truth.
We want homosexuals to know we love them enough to tell the truth and forthrightly state our support of God’s definition of marriage.
Rick Scarborough, who earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary in 1996, is founder of Vision America.