Why Five Points Cares About the Supreme Court Decision
A Supreme Court decision on whether states have the right to define marriage could be made within days. As our nation prepares for what is expected to be a day of victory for so called same-sex "marriage," we fall on our knees and pray. Russell Moore provides us with several ways we can pray ...
- We pray the Supreme Court Justices will stay within their bounds, acknowledging they have no authority to redefine marriage, an institution ordained by God (Genesis 2:18, 21-24).
- We pray that God will give us wisdom and discernment to explain with convictional kindness why marriage matters.
- We pray that we would not allow the marriages in our church to wither away. That we would stand against culture and guard against adultery, abandonment, and divorce.
- And we pray that in the midst of uncertainty, we will hold fast to a biblical definition of marriage that points to Christ and his love for the Church (Ephesians 5:22-31).
But what does this mean for Five Points and churches across the country? An article from World Magazine explains the possible difficulties and implications for non-profits that maintain a biblical definition of marriage. This isn't something the church can shy away from, or back down from, or hope doesn't come knocking on our door. In the midst of the confusion about marriage, now is a time for the church to speak clearly, to speak with boldness, and to proclaim that marriage is inextricably linked to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The biblical definition is shifting from being unpopular to unacceptable and we must confront this trend with kindness and truth-telling.
The elders are currently drafting an amendment to our church constitution and by-laws that will state the biblical definition of marriage and seek to provide some level of legal protection for Five Points (check out this resource from ADF and be on the lookout for the specifics of our amendment). As we navigate these murky and uncertain times, will you pray for us as we seek to bring all honor and glory to our God who ordained marriage between one man and one woman? And that we would proclaim this both inside and outside the church with words seasoned with grace and compassion, and undergirded by the truth of the glorious Gospel?
We anticipate the Supreme Court's decision and recognize that it is weighty. It matters. However, as we look to the future and see little hope for the state of marriage in this country, Russell Moore reminds us, "Long term the prospects for marriage are good. Sexual revolutions always disappoint, and God has designed marriage, biblically defined, to be resilient. But short term, the culture of marriage is dark indeed. That's why we have a gospel that is the power of God."