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.
“Today, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear oral arguments in the case known as Obergefell v. Hodges. The decision in this case will eventually determine the legal definition of marriage in the fifty states. Few issues loom so large over the nation’s future. Christians should pray for the nine justices of the Supreme Court today, aware of the magnitude of the issues before the Court. Love of neighbor also means that we pray that marriage be honored as the union of a man and a woman.” This begins Al Mohler’s essay on the decision before the Supreme Court.
Here are two articles that explain the issues before the Supreme Court.
Lyle Denniston writes Same-sex marriage: The decisive questions. He summarizes the three key issues before the Supreme Court in question form “Who decides? What right is at issue? What is the constitutional test?” He then explains the major arguments/decisions facing the Supreme Court under each of those major questions. It is very helpful in articulating the issues of decision before the Court.
Joe Carter, in his always helpful 9 Things series, writes 9 Things You Should Know About Same-Sex Marriage. This, too, gives a brief oversight of the issues surrounding this discussion and decision.
As Christians, we pray, we remain informed, we pray, we ponder and reflect, we pray, we engage with convictional kindness, we pray . . .
Ultimately our trust and our hope is in the Lord!