On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) of America made an historic decision when it voted by a 5-to-4 margin that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. The ruling effectively invalidates thirty-one state marriage amendments and laws safeguarding marriage between only one man and one woman and imposes a fifty state mandate requiring every state to license and recognize same-sex marriages.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote for the majority decision: “No longer may this liberty be denied. No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.” He added, “Marriage is a ‘keystone of our social order…’”
Justice Kennedy was absolutely correct in what he wrote. Marriage is definitely a profound union that embodies the very heights and depths of human relationships and is definitely a keystone of our social order. And, in his mind and the minds of four other Justices, they did what they thought was right.
I happen to believe that the Supreme Court Justices are all honorable people doing the best that is humanly possible. I believe they have integrity; otherwise, they would not have been appointed and confirmed in the first place. And the majority did what they believed to be judicially correct.
In their hearts and judicial minds, they all did what they thought was right.
I have pastor friends and ministerial acquaintances that are now endorsing gay marriages, supporting gay marriages or pushing the envelope. There are entire Christian denominations that currently sanction gay unions and ordinations.
In their heart of hearts and human minds, they are doing what they think is right.
In some respects, I commend them being a people of conviction. There is but one problem. They may be right in their own eyes, but they are absolutely wrong in the sight of God.
Homosexuality is sinful and wrong and the SCOTUS decision imposes a grave error on the very “keystone of our social order” and it will have serious and harmful consequences on our society. God never intended man to be with man and woman to be with woman in marriage.
Today, in America, we are no different than the biblical times of the Judges. The people were disobedient to God and obedient to their own hearts. Hearts are notorious idol factories.
Judges 21:25 summed it up succinctly. It says, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” In our day, God is not recognized as King by most and everyone does what is right in his or her own eyes.
As for me and our church, we will continue to do what is old-fashioned and traditional. We will trust in what God says and not the human mind or heart.
Something to think about and more next week…