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Ministry leaders react to gay marriage ruling

Ministry leaders from across the United States react to the June 26 ruling of the Supreme Court recognizing same-sex marriage.

 

Roger E. Olson blogs: “And Now … What Conservative Churches Must Do.”

Churches that believe marriage should only be between a man and a woman now must decide what to do–in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling. Will they simply go along with the government and recognize legislative and judicial rulings as valid for them or will they resist? And what would it say about them if they simply bow to the high court’s ruling and begin accepting gay unions as legitimate marriages? If not, will they begin to recognize the inconsistency between resisting in this case and bowing to court rulings about dissolution of marriages in the past and present? …

 

Numerous responses from First Things: “After Obergefell: A First Things Symposium
What Now? Your Church and Same Sex Marriage (short video) from American Family Studios.

 

John Piper, “So-Called Same-Sex Marriage: Lamenting the New Calamity.”

Jesus died so that heterosexual and homosexual sinners might be saved. Jesus created sexuality, and has a clear will for how it is to be experienced in holiness and joy.

For those who have forsaken God’s path of sexual fulfillment, and walked into homosexual intercourse or heterosexual extramarital fornication or adultery, Jesus offers astonishing mercy. …

 

Cathy Lynn Grossman, “Clue to gay marriage ruling was threaded in Obamacare opinion” Faith & Reason (Religion News Service).

 

I highly recommend the broad, deep coverage of this topic from Christianity Today: Same-Sex Marriage.

Same-sex marriage has highlighted high-profile relationships between theology, church, state, and society. In June 2015 the Supreme Court issued its Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which ruled that states must allow same-sex couples to marry. A Pew Forum poll before the decision found that most Americans (57%) thought same-sex marriage should be legal, but less than a third of evangelicals agreed. Many are now asking questions about the difference between civil and religious marriage, the place of religious dissent on same-sex marriage, and pastoral care.

The Supreme Court of the United States in October 2010.
Image: Wikimedia Commons.

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Category: Ministry, Spring 2015

About the Author: Raul L. Mock is one of the founders and directors of the Pneuma Foundation and editor of The Pneuma Review. Raul has been part of an Evangelical publishing ministry since 1996, working with Information Services and Supply Chain Management for more than two decades. He and his wife, Erin, have a daughter and twin boys and live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. LinkedIn

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