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The Supreme Court & Christians, Part 1

The Supreme Court & Christians, Part 1:

How should the Body of Christ respond?

Dear Friend,

 

We're sure over the past few days you've been weighed down with news of the Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex "marriage" is a constitutional "right," rainbow pictures and logos, and the sorrowful realization that our beloved country has now glorified and celebrated what the Bible clearly teaches is sinful. 

 

You are right to be filled with sorrow, and we join you in mourning for our country. 

 

But we also know that as a Christian, you are probably wondering:  

What's next?

What's the right response? 

What does this ruling mean for my family & church?

 

We've created a 4-part guide to help you & your family process through some of your thoughts and take action. This is part 1 of the guide:

 

How should the Body of Christ respond?


There have been tens of thousands of responses to the Supreme Court's ruling since Friday, but we'd like to share with you the best response -by far- that we've seen:

 

Why the church should neither cave nor panic about the decision on gay marriage

by Russell Moore, in the Washington Post

 

President Moore's basic message embodies 5 main points:

  1. Don't panic. As followers of Christ and not of the world, we should not be surprised.

     
  2. The church doesn't need culture to embrace family values to flourish; the church thrives when it is in sharp contrast to culture around it.

     
  3. The church must talk about--and live out--marriage as Jesus taught it, a picture of the union of Christ with His Church. 

     
  4. The church must prepare for the refugees of the sexual revolution, those in desperate need of real love and compassion that only comes through Christ.

     
  5. Do not anger and do not fear. We must joyfully embrace the mission field in which God has placed us.  

     

"This gives the church an opportunity to do what Jesus called us to do with our marriages in the first place: to serve as a light in a dark place. Permanent, stable marriages with families with both a mother and a father may well make us seem freakish in 21st-century culture.

 

We should not fear that. We believe stranger things than that. We believe a previously dead man is alive, and will show up in the Eastern skies on a horse. We believe that the gospel can forgive sinners like us and make us sons and daughters. Let’s embrace the sort of freakishness that saves."

 

Mr. Moore also talks about 2 different churches that will have nothing to say to a fallen world. 

 

Be sure to read the entire piece and share!


Other important resources for how the Body of Christ responds to the Supreme Court decision:

 

  1. Be sure to check out our local friends at Transform MinnesotaThe Evangelical Networkwho had a great response to the Supreme Court's decision!

     
  2. A leading group of evangelical churches & ministries, including Minnesota Family Council and many of our state and national allies, have signed onto a joint statement on Marriage in response to the Supreme Court. 

    Encourage your pastor, church, ministry, or Christian school to sign on by Friday, July 3rd!

Here at Minnesota Family Council, though we grieve for the inevitable victims (particularly children) the Supreme Court's decision will create and the willingness of many in our nation to celebrate what pains our Savior, we willingly and joyfully accept our place as believers called to be witnesses for Christ at such a time as this. 

 

We see that Christ is using the refining fires we see today to purify His Bride, the Church, to become more like Him. Now, to bear the name of Christ in America will come with a cost--but that is nothing compared to the price Jesus already paid for us all. 

We will joyfully pay it and pray you join with us.

 

Stay tuned for:

  • The Supreme Court & Christians, Part 2: Religious Freedom
  • The Supreme Court & Christians, Part 3: Other Impacts from the Obergefell Decision
  • The Supreme Court & Christians, Part 4: Moving Forward


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Published on by Autumn Leva.