Day 18: April 24th, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Tim 4:2-4

This Sunday, April 26th, will be the last Sunday prior to the U.S. Supreme Court hearing arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges et al.  On Tuesday the Court will hear arguments over two legal questions, raised by petitioners from four states (Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee):

  1. Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?
  2. Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

After the lawyers present their cases, the Justices will confer over the next few days, then they will make up their minds and vote, perhaps within a week. Then Chief Justice Roberts will decide who will write the majority and minority assignments. Their ruling will be a watershed moment for America – either for good, or for evil.  

FRC President Tony Perkins has appealed to pastors across America to make this Sunday, Stand for Marriage Sunday. Pastors have been equipped to address their people about this critical issue.  On Day #3, we highlighted the key role pastors play in the direction of our country.  Please pray that pastors will engage this Sunday as it will be the final opportunity for them to mobilize their people to focus extraordinary prayer over the Court, for the hearings and the deliberation process.

If the Court rules wrongly, the consequences are wholly predictable and will be far-reaching. Over time, no one in America will go untouched by them. 

Education: Children will be indoctrinated with pro-homosexual propaganda in public schools and parents will not be able to have them opt out. In Massachusetts, which has had same-sex “marriage” the longest, one father was jailed because he refused to leave his child’s elementary school without assurance that his child would not continue to be indoctrinated with pro-homosexual material. Parental rights will be sacrificed on the altar of sexual libertinism.

Business: Christian business owners have already endured charges of discrimination, had fines levied against them, and/or were forced out of business for simply following their Christian conscience when it comes to participating in same-sex weddings and other ceremonies (e.g., Elaine’s Photography). Others have been subjected to bankrupting lawsuits by private parties with local or state government help (e.g., Arlene’s Flowers).  Others have been subjected to protest and some have been forced to close (e.g., Sweet Cakes by Melissa; Memories Pizza, albeit temporarily).  All this for simply declaring: “I cannot take part in a same-sex wedding because my religious conscience will not allow it.” If the Supreme Court rules that same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right, the number of such case­­­­­s would multiply rapidly.

If the case is decided wrongly, federal, state and local government agencies will enforce anti-discrimination laws against Christians. Those companies who do business with those government entities will likely dismiss decent, hardworking Christian employees because of complaints by LGBT employees, who somehow feel uncomfortable because they know the Christians to be Bible believers, regardless of how loving and kindly they behave toward self-identified homosexuals or how exemplary their work record (e.g., former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran; Brendan Eich, a founder and CEO of Mozilla Corporation).  

The proliferation of anti-Christian discrimination cases, most of them born out of the theme that “homosexual rights trump religious liberty,” has renewed interest in passing Religious Freedom Reformation Acts (RFRA’s) in the states. Only 20 of the 50 states have Religious Freedom Restoration Acts on the books and some of them are not robust enough to protect believers from government violations of their religious liberty related to same-sex “marriage.”

Church: Many predict that LGBT activists will approach churches at several points: 1) Facilities use for same-sex “weddings,” 2) Church Membership, 3) Employment.  Of course, churches must continue to show and share the love of Christ to those who self-identify as LGBT in a winsome way; (1 Cor. 6:8-10) However, if churches do not tie their statements of faith regarding marriage to these three areas, they could be subjected to civil suits.  

The threat to religious liberty in America is real. Only God’s people through prayer can impact the thinking of the nine members of the Supreme Court at this late hour.

  • Please pray for Stand for Marriage Sunday. May thousands of pastors preach on marriage this Sunday and urge their people to devote themselves to prayer for the Tuesday hearings, and continuing until the Court’s ruling is announced sometime in June. Pray that Pastors will show the brief video, urge the people to watch a recommended movie, “One Generation Away,” and take advantage of other resources FRC has put together to support churches. (Eph 6:10-20)
  • Pray that churches will take the other action steps recommended at Stand for Marriage Sunday, including participation in tomorrow’s March for Marriage in Washington, DC. (Jdg 18:9; Ps 110:3)
  • May God intervene to prevent our Supreme Court from wrongfully issuing another sweeping Roe v. Wade-like ruling that will bring consequences about which we have been thoroughly warned by God! (Is 64; Jude )

Please visit these sites and participate in the events!

Tell your pastor about Stand for Marriage Sunday!

Urge him to examine FRC’s special free resources!  

Listen in to a powerful 90 minute nation-wide prayer briefing recorded last Saturday, in short 5-10 minute segments from which you can select. (Church Bulletin Inserts & more)

March for Marriage, April 25, 2015, Washington, DC

National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015

Call2Fall, Sunday, June 28, 2015

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