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.
The Supreme Court, by a ruling of 5-4, declared same-sex "marriage" a constitutional right, making it the law of the land.
A Supreme Court will not determine, define or overturn God’s ordained design for marriage as being between a man and a woman (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:24-25; Matt. 19:3-9). Although this decision will not change our view of marriage, it will have significant implications about how we affirm and live this truth during this day in which the biblical view is denied by many.
I am grieved, though not surprised. We do not fear. We must be wise as serpents and innocent as doves (Matt. 10:16). We will stand upon and speak for God’s truth, and we will do so with convictional kindness.
Here is the response from Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the SBC, with which I concur.
I am a conscientious dissenter from this ruling handed down by the Court today, believing, along with millions of others, that marriage is the sacred union of one man and one woman and that it is improper for the Court to redefine an institution it did not invent in the first place.
I believe this action of finding some illusory Fourteenth Amendment right to same-sex marriage will have wide-ranging and perilous consequences for the stability of families and for freedom of religion. In the wake of this decision, we must ensure that the American principles of pluralism and religious liberty are maintained, as the religious convictions of millions of Americans necessarily cause us to hold a different, more ancient, view of marriage than the one the Court has imposed. Additionally, today’s decision reminds us of the importance of electing a president who knows how to appoint jurists rather than would-be legislators to the bench.
Despite this ruling, the church of Jesus Christ will stand fast. We will not capitulate on this issue because we cannot. To minimize or ignore a Christian sexual ethic is to abandon the message Jesus handed down to us, and we have no authority to do this. At the same time, now is not the time for outrage or panic. Marriage is resilient. God created it to be so. Marriage in the minds of the public may change, but marriage as a reality created by God won’t change at all. The church must now articulate and embody a Christian vision of marriage and work to rebuild a culture of marriage.
Here is the update from Christianity Today: Supreme Court: States Can't Ban Same-Sex Marriage
Here is a statement from Al Mohler: Mohler Responses to Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Decision
Here is a statement made by a diverse coalition of evangelical leaders assembled by the ERLC: Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage
Here is a Christianity Today Editorial written by Mark Galli: Six Things To Do after the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage
Here is a letter to our EFCA family from President Kompelien: EFCA Response to Supreme Court Ruling
Here is a statement by Ray Ortlund about Marriage and the Gospel: What is Marriage, According to the Bible?
Here is a summary of the decision by Joe Carter: Explainer: What You Should Know About the Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
Here is a statement from John Piper: So-Called Same-Sex Marriage: Lamenting the New Calamity
Here is a statement by Erik Stanley, Alliance Defending Freedom, for churches to consider: What Your Church Needs to Know - And Do - About the Court's Marriage Ruling