Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex “Marriage” a Constitutional Right

Greg Strand – June 26, 2015 4 Comments

The Supreme Court, by a ruling of 5-4, declared same-sex “marriage” a constitutional right, making it the law of the land.

A Supreme Court will not determine, define or overturn God’s ordained design for marriage as being between a man and a woman (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:24-25; Matt. 19:3-9). Although this decision will not change our view of marriage, it will have significant implications about how we affirm and live this truth during this day in which the biblical view is denied by many.

I am grieved, though not surprised. We do not fear. We must be wise as serpents and innocent as doves (Matt. 10:16). We will stand upon and speak for God’s truth, and we will do so with convictional kindness.

Here is the response from Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the SBC, with which I concur.

I am a conscientious dissenter from this ruling handed down by the Court today, believing, along with millions of others, that marriage is the sacred union of one man and one woman and that it is improper for the Court to redefine an institution it did not invent in the first place.

I believe this action of finding some illusory Fourteenth Amendment right to same-sex marriage will have wide-ranging and perilous consequences for the stability of families and for freedom of religion. In the wake of this decision, we must ensure that the American principles of pluralism and religious liberty are maintained, as the religious convictions of millions of Americans necessarily cause us to hold a different, more ancient, view of marriage than the one the Court has imposed. Additionally, today’s decision reminds us of the importance of electing a president who knows how to appoint jurists rather than would-be legislators to the bench.

Despite this ruling, the church of Jesus Christ will stand fast. We will not capitulate on this issue because we cannot. To minimize or ignore a Christian sexual ethic is to abandon the message Jesus handed down to us, and we have no authority to do this. At the same time, now is not the time for outrage or panic. Marriage is resilient. God created it to be so. Marriage in the minds of the public may change, but marriage as a reality created by God won’t change at all. The church must now articulate and embody a Christian vision of marriage and work to rebuild a culture of marriage.

Here is the update from Christianity Today: Supreme Court: States Can’t Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Here is a statement from Al Mohler: Mohler Responses to Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Here is a statement from NAE: Supreme Court Redefines Marriage and God Defined Marriage

Here is a statement made by a diverse coalition of evangelical leaders assembled by the ERLCHere We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage

Here is a Christianity Today Editorial written by Mark Galli: Six Things To Do after the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage

Here is a letter to our EFCA family from President Kompelien: EFCA Response to Supreme Court Ruling

Here is a statement by Ray Ortlund about Marriage and the Gospel: What is Marriage, According to the Bible?

Here is a summary of the decision by Joe Carter: Explainer: What You Should Know About the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Here is a statement from John Piper: So-Called Same-Sex Marriage: Lamenting the New Calamity

Here is a statement by Erik Stanley, Alliance Defending Freedom, for churches to consider: What Your Church Needs to Know – And Do – About the Court’s Marriage Ruling

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

4 responses to Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex “Marriage” a Constitutional Right

  1. Greg this is more of a legal question than a Biblical / theological one, but has (will) the EFCA offer any help to local churches to better shield themselves from lawsuits which will inevitably be coming?

    P.S.: How about innocent as doves, not shrewd as doves.

    • Lanny, we will work hard at providing instruction and resources for pastors and churches. It is not as if this is catching us completely unawares, but it is a new day that will require a new way of thinking about and responding to this. Our biblical and theological commitment remains the same!

      • The SaltandLightCouncil.org coming out of San Diego is providing some good training and networking. I am interested in resources on how to encourage our local Free Church and its elders. I think there is a fear of being political. Thanks for your help.

  2. Greg, thank you. I appreciate this and the church statement on human sexuality. It leads me to one question. The first footnote of that statement on human sexuality says that it “is not an official policy and therefore has no formal authority in the EFCA.” This is another example where being autonomous churches is not helpful because as good as the statement is, are we still left alone to make our own policies? It would be nice in this case if the EFCA would say that as EFCA churches we are forbidden to participate in same-sex weddings. I don’t know if that would provide some legal cover for us, but it wouldn’t hurt. Is the EFCA going to be able to make such a stand for all of us or are we left to do this alone? Thanks for your reply.

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