Last week, I quoted Justice Anthony M. Kennedy who represented the majority decision in favor of same-sex marriage. This week allow me to quote from Justice John Roberts who represented the dissenting opinion.
Justice Roberts wrote, "If you are among the many Americans -- of whatever sexual orientation -- who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today's decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it."
Justice Roberts believed that the decision had nothing to do with the Constitution and more to do with something else. I agree with Justice Roberts, but would add to his reasons from a Christian perspective.
Our great nation is founded on two documents, which most Americans hold as sacred. The first is the Declaration of Independence and the second is the Constitution of the United States of America.
Here’s what U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services says about the two documents in a pamphlet educating those who would like to become citizens of the United States.
“The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States are the two most important, and enduring documents in our Nation’s history. It has been said that ‘the Declaration of Independence was the promise; the Constitution was the fulfillment.’
The Declaration of Independence… set forth the ideas and principles behind a just and fair government, and the Constitution outlined how this government would function.”
The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are joined together at the hip. The Constitution is supposed to spell out what the Declaration of Independence set forth.
It is interesting what the Declaration of Independence says that the Constitution should be all about regarding the ‘promise’ to be fulfilled (words have been bolded by me for emphasis).
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Within these two paragraphs, the Declaration of Independence makes references to God. Considering the times in which they were written, it could only be the God of the Bible and His Laws, which entitle us to freedoms that we so thoroughly enjoy.
And what does the God of the Bible say about freedom? Galatians 5:13 spells it out very clearly. It says, “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh…”. It is never God’s design that the freedoms He grants us would be a license for indulging our sinful desires.
If, indeed, the Constitution is supposed to protect our freedoms as entitled by “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” and everyone’s rights and freedoms are “endowed by their Creator”, then the majority decision was wrong. We should never be guaranteed the right to do what is wrong in the sight of God.
Remember what I wrote last week. “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.”
As Christians, we should not vilify those Justices that voted for the majority decision. Instead, “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” Colossians 4:5-6
Instead, continue to pray for our nations and our national leaders. Jesus never tried to solve things politically, but rather through the preaching and teaching of the Kingdom of God. Eventually, those in political power crucified Him. We should exercise our political responsibilities but always remember to keep first things first.
Something to think about and more next week…