Supreme Court Redefines Marriage
By: Rev. Pierre Bynum
Chaplain & National Prayer Director
Today the U.S.
Supreme Court issued a sweeping decision, mandating that all 50 states and U.S.
Territories redefine marriage to allow homosexual men to "marry" men and lesbian
women to "marry" women. The decision demonstrates a contempt for the individual
states and 50 million citizens who ratified constitutional amendments defining
marriage as between a man and a woman. It defies nature and strikes at what
major religions of the world hold sacred. It rejects the Judeo-Christian
principles upon which our nation was founded and of the Founders themselves, who
never in their wildest imaginations considered such a thing. Moreover
the Court has defied our Creator, the Supreme Judge of the World, Whom our
founders declared the Author of our "unalienable rights."
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins issued a statement,
Five justices on the Supreme Court have overturned the votes of 50 million
Americans and demanded that the American people walk away from millennia of
history and the reality of human nature.
In reaching a decision so lacking in foundation in the text of the Constitution,
in our history, and in our traditions, the Court has done serious damage to its
No court can overturn natural law. Nature and Nature's God, hailed by the
signers of our Declaration of Independence as the very source of law, cannot be
usurped by the edict of a court, even the United States Supreme Court.
Marriage is rooted not only in human history, but also in the biological and
social reality that children are created by, and do best when raised by, a
mother and a father. No court ruling can alter this truth.
It is folly for the Court to think that it has resolved a controversial issue of
public policy. By disenfranchising 50 million Americans, the Court has instead
supercharged this issue.
Just as with Roe
v. Wade in
1973, the courts will not have the final say on this profound social matter. The
American people will stand up for their right to have a voice and a vote,
especially as they experience the ways in which redefining marriage
fundamentally impairs their freedom to live and work in accordance with their
With this ruling, the Supreme Court has set our government on a collision course
with America's cherished religious
freedoms, explicitly guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution.
Americans will not stop standing for transcendent truth, nor accept the
legitimacy of this decision. Truth is not decided by polls or the passage of
time, but by the One who created time and everything that exists therein.
We will not lapse into silence but will continue to speak uncompromisingly for
the truth about what marriage is, always has been, and always will be: the union
of one man and one woman.
Five Supreme Court Justices have acted hastily and unwisely. Like King Uzziah,
they have crossed the line (2 Chron. 26). They and all of
will face profound consequences. We must understand that God has called us for
such a time as this. This is not a time for Christians, both pastors and people,
to shrink back or to be quiet. On this matter we must take an unyielding stand
on God's truth. It may be costly, but like Martin Luther, each of us must
unreservedly declare: "Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me."
Pray for our pastors and denominational leaders that they, like Azariah the
Priest (2 Chron. 26), will be courageous to stand against this overreach by
the Court and its illegitimate ruling, that they will not be double-minded
nor timid, but will speak the Word plainly and will lead their people with
great wisdom and resolve (2
Chr 26:16-21; Josh
Pray for America's
Governors and Attorneys General that they will be courageous and stand for
the truth and law based on God's law. In a divided nation with a large
percentage of our people, especially young people, confused over this
matter, this is not going to be an easy stand. Every leader needs our
Chronicles 32:7; Dan
Pray for the Christian Colleges, Schools and Christian ministries of every
kind that their leaders will not succumb and bow the knee to Baal by
compromising the Christian faith to keep their tax exemption, which the
Obama administration's Solicitor General admitted "will be an issue" (2
Samuel 12:1-14; Romans
Pray for believers in every sphere of American culture whose faith will be
gravely tested in the days ahead, for county clerks who will be called upon
to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and for employers and
employees who will be pressured to celebrate same sex marriage (Eph
Pray for Tony Perkins and the FRC Staff, each of whom is committed to
standing. Pray that God will give us grace, wisdom, and a wide platform to
keep the truth of God as it applies to this and other public policy matters
known and understood. And pray that our audience will be enlightened,
encouraged and enabled to take their stand! (2
Cor 1:12; Eph
Pray that God will use this terrible decision for good and that it will
strengthen the backbone of the Church, that God's people will proclaim the
truth as never before, that our churches will experience revival and America
will see a great awakening! And May God be Glorified! (Mt
Finally, I pray that you will join us on Sunday for Call2Fall!
Humbling ourselves, praying like we have never prayed before, seeking God's
Face and Turning from our wicked ways for ourselves, our families, and our
nation. Join us on Sunday and may we continue without ceasing, until the
Lord returns! (Our Nation's Hope - 2
urge you to follow Tony Perkins' Washington
Update daily, to listen to his radio
program each evening at 5 PM ET
(the archived programs allow you to listen at your convenience). Every believer
must be educated and conversant about this issue, for the sake of teaching our
children and grandchildren and possibly to defend ourselves and our faith when
the test comes to us!