This week, we have seen the Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) depart from the law and their responsibility to rightly divide the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America in order to cater to their own personal activism. While many believe this is a political issue and not something the church should engage in, this idea is completely in error. This is a moral issue, as we are dependent upon SCOTUS to rightly interpret the laws in order to protect our constitutional rights.
With the decision to make same-sex marriage a constitutional right, they have taken away the First Amendment rights of every person with religious conviction. They also overturned the Tenth Amendment, which says: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
Marriage is not dictated in the Constitution, so it should be left up to the States to determine. This is what is written in the Constitution. With one decision, SCOTUS has overturned two constitutional Amendments, not according to the law but according to their own personal agendas. According to an article put out by the Fox News, Chief Justice wrote this in his dissent:
“If you are among the many Americans — of whatever sexual orientation — who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision. … But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”
When I heard the news, I was reminded of what Paul wrote to the church in Rome:
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them (Romans 1:28-32).
Some of the men and women who were given the privilege to sit upon the highest court of this land have denied the existence of God and, in turn, He has given them over to their debased minds. They no longer are discerning or trustworthy. They have embraced immorality and deceit.
This may seem like a harsh charge, but how else can we explain their complete departure from the law? How can we explain how they have embraced the lawless? As Christians, how do we live our faith, if our national leaders have chosen to take our religious liberty away from us?
Look at the rights given to us in the First Amendment:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
While SCOTUS does not have the authority to make a law, they have done just that with their decision and opened up people of faith to pricey litigation.
That is the very real issue we are facing. With their decision, they have made the Word of God “hate speech” because the Bible clearly speaks against homosexuality and ordained marriage as a union between a man and a woman: Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh (Genesis 2:24).
This church, as with many Calvary Chapels, is a Bible teaching church. Pastor Raul teaches through the Bible, chapter by chapter, verse by verse. He does not fail to give the full counsel of the Lord, teaching the Bible from cover to cover. With this one unconstitutional decision, pastors could be charged with “hate speech” just for teaching the Word of God.
With this knowledge, every Christian will be called upon to make a decision. Will they deny the teachings of Christ to follow an unconstitutional law, or will they stand with Christ? When Peter and John were brought before the Sanhedrin for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they were commanded not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus Christ and this was the decision they made:
But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:19-20).
With this decision, SCOTUS has put every person of faith in the crosshairs. We have to decide whether we will stand with the Lord or stand with the world. We know the truth and will be held accountable to a higher court, as we determine our eternal destiny.