Rom. 1:16-32, 1 Cor. 6:9-11, and Jude 3-25
A Biblical Perspective on the SCOTUS decision
After Friday’s landmark SCOTUS decision many shepherds felt compelled to imitate the example of Jude. Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (Jude 3-4). Following in Jude’s footsteps I decided to take a week off from my regular expositional series through the gospel of John in order to address the Supreme Court’s nation changing decision.
“These are dark times, there’s no denying it!” In our own backyard my family hears beautiful hymns of the faith played on traditional church bells from only a block away. We often hear great gospel songs like “the Old Rugged Cross” and “Amazing Grace.” Yet when anyone drives by this same church they quickly observe a flashing “Gay Pride” rainbow flag that is proudly displayed on St.John’s digital billboard. St. John Church of Christ wants everyone in Freeport to know that they are leading the way in the “Open and Affirming” church movement that is sweeping through our nation like wildfire. Dr. Dutcher strongly believes that Lord himself wants every church, not just his own congregation, to join him in this progressive crusade. They are certainly not alone in this! Just like week Pastor Tony Campolo issued a statement saying he now “fully supports same sex marriage.” Add to that, a recent article on Reuters which reports that close to 35% percent of “professing Evangelicals” now support gay marriage. That number represents a sixteen percent increase over a time span of just three years (though around 45% of the nation still believes homosexuality is a sin).
I do not know what it is like where you live but in our “conservative” city the local newspaper has provided Dr. Dutcher with free advertisement more times than I can count. How is it, that one liberal pastor is given so much press coverage so he repeatedly promote his own religious and personal convictions? St John’s “Unity Fest” for example was spotlighted three times in the month of June alone. In sharp contrast, the congregation that I pastor is celebrating its 170th anniversary of ministry in Freeport on July 1st. We did not even receive one write up. For all the talk about “dialogue” and “free speech” very few media outlets have given equal opportunities so that both sides can express their viewpoints concerning this controversial subject. That’s strange seeing only 3.8% of Americans identify themselves as LGBT (per Gallup).
Needles to say, the moral trajectory of our nation is quite troubling. I make this assertion on the authority of Scripture. The goal of this article is to evaluate last week’s landmark Supreme Court decision from a biblical perspective. As you have no doubt observed everyone these days has an opinion but only Being’s point of view truly matters. Continue Reading…