Marriage and Family

Posted by on Oct 4, 2015 in Pastor's Desk | No Comments

Brothers and sisters in Christ, fellow workers and fellow soldiers! (Philippians 2:25): For those of us who believe that marriage brings together one man and one woman to become husband and wife in order that any children that might be born will have a mommy and a daddy, the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is an egregious example of judicial activism and tyranny. As the founding fathers said repeatedly, Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God. In his recent book “Truth Overruled: the Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom” Ryan T. Anderson spells out how the church can begin to fulfill this sacred duty. These quotes are from chapter eight, “Building a Movement.”

  • “The church needs to present a case for biblical sexuality that is appealing and that engages the best of modern thought. The virtues of chastity and lifelong marriage are enriching, but after fifty years, the church has still not devised a compelling response to the sexual revolution. The legal redefinition of marriage could take place when and where it did only because the majority of Americans lacked a sound understanding of the nature of man and the nature of marriage.” We are studying the Family Project during the 9:00 a.m. Bible class this quarter to help us better respond to this reality.
  • “The church’s second task is to develop ministries for those who experience same-sex attraction and gender identity conflicts.” What can we do? We can become familiar with, promote and support ministries such as Harvest USA (www.harvestusa.org). We can regularly practice hospitality to the single and widowed members of our church family and neighborhood by including them in family meals and events. We can encourage, develop and practice deep friendships that will expose the lie told by Justice Kennedy that without Obergefell people are “condemned to live in loneliness.”
  • “The church’s third task is to defend religious liberty and to help conscientious Christians understand how to bear witness to the truth when a radical sexual agenda has become a nonnegotiable public policy.” Our state legislators need to protect the religious liberty of all occupations, especially those under attack, e.g. bakers, florists, photographers, foster care and adoption agencies etc.
  • “The fourth task of the church is the most important and the most challenging. We need to live out the truth about marriage and human sexuality…The beauty and splendor of a happy family is our best testimony.” No family is perfect, but all families can be redeemed.
    What action is God calling you to take? Don’t assume that someone else will do it. Every baptized Christian has a voice and the ability to love and serve our neighbors by speaking the truth in love and by living generously.
    Your unworthy under-shepherd in Christ,
    —Pr. Paul Becker

“Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of Your Law.” Psalm 119::18