Eight things the Supremes will never change

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Published On July 16, 2013
By John Yeats
June 26 Supreme Court decisions regarding DOMA and California Proposition 8 challenged traditional views regarding marriage.
June 26 Supreme Court decisions regarding DOMA and California Proposition 8 challenged traditional views regarding marriage.

Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court may change American culture through their opinions that overrule the legality of an opinion expressed by the majority of a state’s population. Or their opinions may be the culmination of a movement to redefine marriage and normative sexual behavior.

However, there are some things that do not change and will never change no matter what their black-robed opinions may imply to the general population.

God remains who He is. His opinion about His creation never changes. “The earth is the Lord’s and all it contains, the world and those who dwell in it” (Ps. 24:1). “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and yes and forever” (Heb. 13:8).

He made people male and female for a purpose that is greater than sexual expressions, and rebellion against His purposes is sin. God created sexuality as part of a person’s life, and human sexuality is fulfilled in the context of a loving heterosexual relationship that resonates with God’s purposes (Eph. 5:31-33). People who live for the biological and emotional experiences of life are held captive to this world that is destined for death.

Behavior contrary to God’s Word and natural law carries with it huge consequences, both personally and culturally. Some violations of Scripture have ramifications for a lifetime and others impact generations. Sinful behavior is never static; it permeates families, generations of families and an entire culture with its consequences (Rom. 1:18-32).

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The State of Homosexual Marriage
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God’s redemption through Jesus Christ alone reaches down with consummate compassion to the worst of sinners. Most people cannot grasp the depth of God’s love for them. The grace of God is sufficient to redeem every sin except the sin of unbelief. The Lord Jesus shed His own blood on the cross to pay the penalty due for our sin—not just our behaviors but also the very nature of sin (2 Cor. 5:11-21 and 2 Pet. 1:3-9).

Genuine followers of the Lord Jesus respect the human dignity of all persons—alive and yet-to-be-born. Every person has the signature of God on his or her life. He knows every person prior to his or her arrival and He knows a person’s eternal destiny (Ps. 139:13-18). The pattern of Jesus was to treat people with respect and to engage them in conversation at the point of their greatest need. He demonstrated how to hate sinful behavior and love the sinner.

Biblical marriage will remain between a man and a woman. This is the clear teaching of Scripture. No court, legislative body, administration, public opinion poll or social engineer can change that reality. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary stated, “Marriage is a pre-political institution defined by our Creator — for His glory and for human flourishing.” No culture has the right to redefine Biblical principles without exacting a toll that far exceeds anything they think they gain.

Men/women who pledge their lives to the religion of secularism eventually base their opinions on contradictions. Supreme Court Justice Kennedy wrote in the infamous Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) opinion, “By seeking to displace this protection and treating those persons as living marriages less respected than others, the federal statute is a violation of the Fifth Amendment.”

In essence, he is saying that DOMA is invalid because its intent was to impede the “rights” of someone or to treat them as second-class citizens. In the context of the history of mankind, that is simply not true. To quote MBC’s legal counsel, Mike Whitehead, “DOMA did not impose ‘disability’ on a ‘class of persons’ by refusing to accord them dignity. DOMA simply defined marriage the way the states—and the culture—have always defined it … it is no slur on one’s dignity to say that marriage means one man and one woman.”

Gary Bauer, president of American Values, stated, “The irony of these two decisions is inescapable. In the DOMA case, the court’s majority clearly sided with the right of states to define marriage when they are choosing to let men ‘marry’ other men. Yet in the Proposition 8 decision, the court decided not to decide when the people of the state have voted to uphold the normal meaning of marriage.” The bench’s contradictions are breathtaking.

The Body of Christ will continue to unashamedly teach and preach the Word of God and love people in the midst of their brokenness in spite of the Court’s rulings. This is a non-option for believers. We are called to be convictional people. We cannot deny the wellspring of compassion that flows from our lives (1 John 4:11-13). So the church will continue to lead the world in compassion ministries. And even when our convictions are deemed unlawful, we will pay whatever price to hold true to the teachings of the Word of God.

There are many other unchangeable things surrounding this abhorrent exercise in jurisprudence. Remember, God will not be mocked. Like nations before us, we are on a road to internal collapse. It may not happen in this generation, but the seeds of destruction are definitely in the ground.

The majority of the justices revealed their religious preferences with these rulings. Secularism and its twin evangelists (sensuality and temporal values) will soon be taking additional steps to renounce the Lord God. There is more coming.

Consequently, as the religion in power in this nation continues to isolate gospel adherents, we, the Body of Christ, must not lose hope, be up to date in our convictions, quick to pray, attentive to love others and ready with our testimonies.

 

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John Yeats

Executive Director at Missouri Baptist Convention
John Yeats directs the MBC’s missionary staff; administers CP funds given by MBC churches; serves as publisher of The Pathway, the official news journal of the MBC; and sets the state’s strategy for fulfilling the Acts 1:8 mission mandate.
He previously served as director of communications and public policy for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. He also served as editor of the Oklahoma Baptist Messenger and served the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as director of communications and editor of the Indiana Baptist.
He received a B.A. from Dallas Baptist University, a M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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