Day 19: April 25rd, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court

The Preamble to the Constitution says “We the People….” Voters in over 3/5 of the states have passed Constitutional Amendments defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman. A sweeping U.S. Supreme Court ruling would usurp the expressed will of a strong majority of the American people. For example, Alabama voters approved the Marriage Amendment to their state Constitution by 81% in 2006. A Supreme Court ruling would violate the will of over 4/5 of the voting population in that state. And it would have a profound impact on religious liberty in every state.

In Day 18, we noted some anecdotal violations of religious liberty, in which homosexual activists harassed Christians with lawsuits and discrimination charges that ended in convictions, fines and judgments against them. FRC carefully examined each of these cases, became acquainted with the accused Christians, and found them to be devoted believers, full of Christian love and goodwill toward their neighbors, including homosexual customers. They were utterly without any attitude of unholy discrimination toward homosexuals or anyone else. Indeed each has a longtime record of friendliness and excellence of service to homosexual customers.

The thorny issue has been the expectation of Christian business people to get involved in the homosexual “wedding” itself. For example, they have been asked to provide on-site catering, produce a wedding cake topped with figurines of two men or two women, produce creative onsite wedding photography, make creative floral arrangements and place them onsite, etc. These Christian business people have not refused to sell homosexuals ready-made arrangements, or bake a cake without the homosexual script and accoutrements, etc. Rather, they have been asked to participate in a homosexual “wedding” by employing their creative skills, and/or their onsite involvement, which they have dedicated to the Lord (Ex 20:3-6; 23:13; Rom 12:1-2). They believe to do so would be ethically and spiritually wrong. So they have refused to violate their conscience even at a very high cost.

For example, Barronelle Stutzman is a florist in Washington state who prayed at length before informing her long-time customer that she could not in good conscience be the florist for his upcoming same-sex “wedding.” She recommended a capable florist whom she knew would serve him well. She was reported, charged, and found guilty in Benton County Superior Court of violating the couple’s U.S. and state civil rights, and was held personally liable for the couple’s damages and attorney fees. A 70-year-old grandmother, Barronelle’s business, home and life savings are all in jeopardy because the ruling. Millions of faithful Christians in America will face similar challenges if same-sex “marriage” is made the law of the land.

Many believe that the time will come when ministers will be required to perform same-sex “marriages” or face discrimination charges. Even now in some states and the District of Columbia, churches cannot rent their sanctuaries or fellowship halls for marriage ceremonies, unless they are made available to hetero- and homosexual weddings alike. For example, the Boardwalk Pavilion of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association lost its tax exempt status because the requests of two lesbian couples to have their civil union ceremonies there were rejected on religious grounds.

Faced with the requirement that they place babies for adoption with homosexual couples, Catholic Charities decided to close their much needed adoption services in Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. Clearly the heavy-handed state sees discrimination just one way or at least they have agreed with the homosexual community, that homosexual rights trump religious liberty guarantees.

This trend was epitomized by the violent furor by pro-homosexual activists, pro-homosexual big business, and pro-homosexual governors and mayors, who threatened significant economic sanctions against Indiana if they did not “fix” their newly signed Religious Liberty law. Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana Legislature essentially caved-in and “fixed” the law. A good law based on a twenty year federal precedent intended to provide religious people protection from government violation of their religious liberty rights was essentially turned on its head. According to law professor Mark Rienzi, “the new fix will allow the state to prosecute Christians criminally for denying gay weddings their professional affirmation” (Fix Could Send Christians to Jail).

The homosexual movement has been very aggressive and it will be all the more so if the Court rules wrongly. Religious liberty is in serious jeopardy. Christians could face even more fines, lawsuits and a legal quagmire for years to come.

  • May God intervene and turn each Justice’s heart and mind back to the Constitution where religious liberty and not same-sex “marriage” is explicitly protected! (Gal 5:13)
  • May the Justices not be led by the culture, but the Constitution, Spirit of God and the Eternal Laws of the Supreme Judge of the Universe. (1 Sam 10:9-10)
  • May they seriously consider religious liberty as they have been asked to do by many amicus briefs submitted to them. (Lk 18:1-8)
  • May the fear of God come upon each one, restraining and guiding them to rule in accordance with the Constitution. (Job 12:4-25)
  • May we pray with President Lincoln, that “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” (2 Chr 7:14

P.S. View or download all 21 daily prayers posted to the Call2Fall Blog.

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Tell your pastor about Stand for Marriage Sunday!
 
Urge him to examine FRC’s special free resources!
 

Join Dr. James Dobson and Prayer Leaders from

IFA, FRC, NPC and others on Tuesday, April 28th,
 
10 AM till Noon ET, to pray during the Supreme

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