9 Responses to the Supreme Court, Same Sex Marriage, and ChristiansRelated Media
Whether we agree with it or not, same sex marriage is now the law of the land in the United States. While the biblical definition of marriage is clear for all who would see it (one man and one woman, for life – Matthew 19:3-12), the legal definition of marriage has just been changed. So far as the law is concerned, continuing the debate which made its way to the Supreme Court will do us little good, for the Court has made its ruling in the United States.
A recent increase in our website traffic indicates that many are seeking to gain biblical insight pertaining to the recent Supreme Court decision. We believe that Christians should be giving thought to the following matters:
- Should the church continue to debate the issue of same sex marriage, now that the Court has ruled on this matter?
- How should Christians respond to the Supreme Court’s decision on same sex marriage?
- In light of the Court’s decision, what does the Bible say about our roles as citizens of this country, as ambassadors of Christ, and as heaven-bound saints?
- How do we hold fast to the Bible’s definitions of marriage and of sin, and yet demonstrate genuine love and concern toward those who reject these definitions?
- What are the implications of the Court’s decision for Christians and the church, now and in the future?
- What actions should Christians and the church take to minimize future opposition and persecution as a result of the legalization of same sex marriages?
Our commitment at Bible.org has always been to point our readers to the best biblical content available on the internet, whether it be something on our site, or something found elsewhere. Consequently, we have purposed to respond in at least two ways. The first is to immediately direct our readers to existing articles that address these matters with grace and truth (John 1:14, 17; Colossians 1:6). These links point to comments by godly and highly respected Christians, who have spoken truth graciously. The second is to commence a series by one or more of our Bible.org authors that gives Christians a biblical outlook on our times and how we should respond to them. This will provide a basis for individual study, as well as material that preachers and teachers might consider as they instruct believers about their role in a fallen world.
Below is a list of the articles and links that we have found thus far, which address the recent Supreme Court ruling and its implications for Christians.
Highlighted individual responses:
- John Piper responded by writing a blog entitled: So-Called Same Sex Marriage: Lamenting the New Calamity.
- Al Mohler responded by writing an article entitled: Everything Has Changed and Nothing Has Changed -- The Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage.
- John MacArthur responded pastorally by writing An Open Letter to The Master’s Seminary Alumni (pastors).
Additional articles relating to the Supreme Court decision:
- Christianity Today points to some guidance for responding to same-sex marriage: ‘Outrage and Panic’ Are Off Limits, Say Evangelical Leaders on Same-Sex Marriage.
- The Blaze has compiled the responses of 7 well known pastors to the recent Supreme Court decision.
- 100+ leaders signed a declaration responding to the Supreme Court decision-- Here we Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage.
Helpful background articles on homosexuality and the Bible from Bible.org: