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Supreme Court Shakes Puny Fist at God, But He's Still on His Throne
This is not a surprise, of course, in light of the court’s rulings over the past 50 years in which it has created law rather than ruled on law (e.g., removing prayer and Bible reading from schools in 1962 and 1963, inventing a right to abortion in 1973, striking down sodomy laws in 2003, and decriminalizing most forms of pornography).
This flies in the face of the teaching of Jesus Christ that marriage is between one man and one woman.
“And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Matthew19:4-6).
The ruling was not only against God’s Word; it was against the U.S. Constitution. There is not a hint of support for same-sex “marriage” in the founding documents.
To their credit, justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, and Samuel Alito issued insightful and scathing dissents.
Justice Roberts said, “The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment. The right it announces has no basis in the Constitution or this Court’s precedent. Just who do we think we are? ... Those who founded our country would not recognize the majority's conception of the judicial role ... They would never have imagined yielding that right on a question of social policy to unaccountable and unelected judges” (“Chief Justice Roberts,” Business Insider, Jun. 26, 2015).
Justice Scalia said that the Supreme Court has become a threat to democracy, explaining: “Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.”
Scalia warned that “the majority’s decision threatens the religious liberty our Nation has long sought to protect.”
This is a sad day for America and the ruling will hasten the persecution that has already begun, but God is still God; He is still on his throne, His word is still true, and Jesus is still coming.
This type of thing only reminds the true child of God that he is a pilgrim in a strange land. We claim to believe God’s promises. Let’s act like it in the face of adversity and not be a people who wring their hands at the mere thought of trouble and what might come.
God’s Word has some things to say about this situation:
“Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalm 37:1-4).
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:34).
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” (Matthew 5:10-12).
Do we really believe God’s Word?
Throughout history, God’s people have had to make a choice as to whom they will obey when there have been conflicts of authority, and conflicts of authority have been the norm.
God tells His people to obey Caesar (Romans 13:1-7) but not when Caesar exalts himself against the Most High.
“And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:27-29).
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