A Pastoral Statement on Today’s Supreme Court Decision

June 26, 2015 at 1:33 pm 7 comments


Supreme Court InteriorAs you have no doubt probably heard by now, the Supreme Court of the United States has legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. At the church where I serve, the pastoral team is working to address some of the issues involved in this ruling, including potential repercussions for religious liberty, but for now, I want to offer three brief thoughts.

First, as Christians, we need to continue to be committed to what God’s Word has to say about all our relationships and, specifically, those relationships that are deeply intimate in nature. Sexual integrity is a much bigger issue than whether or not you support same-sex marriage. Sexual integrity touches nearly every aspect of our lives – from how we guard our purity if we are single to how we appropriately relate to our coworkers and friends to how we hold sacred our most intimate moments if we are married.  God has put boundaries on sexuality and intimacy not to needlessly constrict us, but to lovingly protect us.

Second, as with any major cultural shift, reactions to the Supreme Court ruling have been instantaneous and, in many cases, extreme. Some are unfettered in their celebration. Others are paralyzed by deep trepidation. As Christians, we are called to be measured in our words and peaceful in our hearts, always and fully trusting in God’s providence. We do not need to join our culture in its emotionally charged reactions. We have nothing to fear.

Third, please remember to be kind in any reactions and responses you may offer to the Supreme Court ruling. Chief Justice John Roberts, in his dissenting opinion, expressed concern about how we regularly feel “compelled to sully those on the other side of the debate.” As Christians, we should never sully others. We can disagree with others without hating them. On Facebook, I saw a simple thought that expresses well how we ought to dialogue about the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage: “We don’t have to agree on anything to be kind to one another.” This is exactly right. For this reflects the very character of our God. As the Psalmist says, “God’s merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endures forever” (Psalm 117:2). Like our Lord, may we be people of merciful kindness and truth. It’s what our world needs – now, more than ever.

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  • 1. Fashionable Librarian  |  June 26, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Reblogged this on Concierge Librarian.

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  • 2. Fashionable Librarian  |  June 26, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Well said

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  • 3. Donald  |  June 26, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Yes Well Said!

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  • 4. Kim E.  |  June 26, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you for your quick response on this very polarizing issue.

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  • 5. Barbara  |  June 26, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Well said. We do not need to fear. God is not surprised by this ruling

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  • 6. Robert Paoletti  |  June 27, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Thank you Pastor Zach for that quick blog. It really helped me handle that decision much better.

    Your friend in Christ, Rob Paoletti, Los Lunas, NM

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  • 7. Larry Allen Grimm  |  June 27, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    If being Christian means monogamy between one man and one woman, Christians do not read the entire Bible. Christians who believe marriage is ordained by God to be between one man and one woman can certainly practice that, preach that, live that, serve that end, but those Christians do not get to have the final word on who can marry and who cannot. God gave humans inalienable rights, our society believes. Those rights are protected, not granted, by the Constitution. Today we see that the right to be happy in same gendered marriages is protected by the Constitution over and against Christians who want to use law to determine who may and who may not marry.

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