The Supreme Court & Christians, Part 2:
There's been a lot of talk about the Supreme Court's gay "marriage" decision and its impact upon Religious Freedom for the millions of Americans who continue to believe that marriage is the union of a man and a woman, as God designed it.
So, we write to you today, on the eve of our country's Independence Day, to warn you that our first and greatest freedom, Freedom of Religion, is truly in danger. Countless men and women bled for that right throughout our nation's history. Will we permit it to fall now?
We're not going to sugar-coat it. The impact upon religious freedom is very real and very serious. For anyone, pastors included, who was convinced that gay "marriage" would not affect anyone else besides the same-sex couple, the Obergefell decision will serve as a wake-up call.
Even the dissenting Justices pointed out the severe impact the gay "marriage" ruling would have upon religious entities.
Christian individuals, schools, ministries, and even churches will feel the effects of the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision mandating same-sex "marriage" be a "right" throughout the country on June 26th.
Even before the Court ruled on marriage, Christian bakers, florists, farm owners, photographers, and many more around the country were already feeling the ironic intolerance for Christian beliefs, usually from state or local "nondiscrimination" laws used as a sword to punish men and women of faith. This will continue without divine and governmental intervention.
Legal experts, the dissenting justices, and even the solicitor general who argued for same-sex "marriage" at the Supreme Court admit that religious schools' tax-exempt status is in jeopardy if they adhere to their belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Because of a prior Supreme Court ruling revoking Bob Jones University's tax-exempt status due to the school's racial discrimination, many legal experts view Christian schools as the next big target.
Individual christians, pastors, and churches will not escape the aftermath of the Obergefell decision. Already, there are calls to end churches' tax-exempt statuses, and the ACLU recently decided they can no longer support the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law used historically to defend minority religions, but recently used to defend Christians and Christian entities from governmental discrimination based on religious beliefs about marriage. Ironically, the ACLU was instrumental in helping pass this law in 1993; they now say they can't support it because it is being used to "discriminate against...gay and transgender people..."
Gone are the days of "comfortable Christianity" in America. We as the Body of Christ need to understand that claiming the name of Jesus and clinging to His Word comes with a price.
Please join us in standing with Christ and upon His Word as we joyfully proclaim His message of hope to a dying world!
And, as we do so, we have some important steps every Christian, pastor, church, ministry, and Christian school should take.
4 Steps Every Believer Should Take to Guard Religious Freedom:
1. Protect your church and/or ministry!
If you're not a pastor, please get these into your pastor's hands!
First, review these 3 Facts for your church regarding updating church policies & whether pastors must now perform same-sex "marriages."
Second, our allies at Alliance Defending Freedom have created a Guide to Protecting Your Ministry from Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Lawsuits so that Churches can keep the doors open and Christians' voices unleashed, for the sake of the Gospel.
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Every pastor, church, and ministry leader must have this on hand!
Please contact Family@mfc.org if you need help implementing the legal documents in the Guide.
2. Arm yourself with good information!
Our allies at Focus on the Family have created a guide on Religious Freedom: Protecting How We Practice Our Faith.
This is a must-have, and you can download it for free!
Whether you are in the military, a student in a public school, in business, or in a Christian ministry, this packet has something in it for you!
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3. Urge your elected representatives to PASS laws protecting your family's freedom of religion!
Right now, there are 2 LIVE ACTION ALERTS on our Action Center page with legislation that, if passed, would protect your religious freedom at both the federal and state level.
These bills are even MORE essential now that the Supreme Court has declared same-sex "marriage" a constitutional "right." Be sure to take 2 minutes of your time to send an instant email to your legislators, asking them to PASS these pieces of legislation!
The first is the federal First Amendment Defense Act. This bill would declare that the federal government cannot discriminate against anyone because of their belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
Click image to send an automatic email to your federal legislators, asking them to PASS this important piece of legislation! We'll use your address to automatically link you to your appropriate legislators.
The second is the MN Freedom of Conscience Act. This bill, if passed, would prevent Minnesota government from discriminating against Minnesotans based on their belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
Click to send an automatic email to your Minnesota legislators, asking them to PASS this important piece of legislation! We'll use your address to automatically link you to your appropriate legislators.
4. Pray, and stand strong.
As we noted in The Supreme Court & Christians, Part 1: How Should the Body of Christ Respond?, 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 3: Other Impacts from the Obergefell Decision
- The Supreme Court & Christians, Part 4: Moving Forward