Greg Strand is EFCA executive director of theology and credentialing, and he serves on the Board of Ministerial Standing as well as the Spiritual Heritage Committee. He and his family are members of Northfield (Minnesota) EFC.
This week the Supreme Court has before them two major decisions that address the legalization of same-sex marriage. As Christians, we need neither the vox populi, the voice of the populace, or the lex rex, the law as king, to inform us of what God’s revealed truth states about men and women, about husbands and wives, and about what marriage is.
But, we do live in this world (Jn. 17) and we do live under governing authorities (Rom. 13), so the decisions do matter.
Al Mohler, “Marriage in the Dock—The Supreme Court Considers Same-Sex Marriage,” explains the two issues before the Supreme Court: the federal Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8.
Mohler explains further:
Both cases are significant. Together they represent a monumental set of issues for the justices. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was passed by huge majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate back in 1996. It was then signed into law by President Bill Clinton. DOMA requires the federal government to define marriage exclusively as the union of a man and a woman, and it makes clear that no state is obligated to recognize a same-sex union conducted in any other state. President Obama, whose constitutional responsibility requires him to defend the laws of the United States, has ordered his Attorney General not to defend DOMA in court. It will be defended by attorneys representing the House of Representatives.
Proposition 8 was adopted by voters in California in 2008, effectively reversing a decision by that state’s Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage. A federal district court in San Francisco later found Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional and a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sustained that decision. It will now be up to the Supreme Court to decide.
As these significant issues are discussed, debated and decided, I have pondered and prayed often with 1 Timothy 2:1-4 in mind and heart:
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
We pray specifically for . . .
• Those in high positions, the Supreme Court.
• Those who profess faith in Christ, that we will rest in the Lord and be godly and dignified in every way.
• Those who profess faith in Christ, that we will please the Lord in our beliefs, our speech and our behavior, that all would be based on God’s truth.
• Those who need to be saved that they will come to the knowledge of the truth.