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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, excerpted here:

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 own legitimacy.

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 beliefs.

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 America 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."

Finally, I 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!