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Same-sex marriage goes national; Christians react

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WASHINGTON — The way it finally happened on Friday, June 26 — just as Christian News Northwest went to press — was largely expected in Christian circles. But according to most leaders in the nation’s evangelical community, it still was a deeply painful and disappointing — albeit historic — step for the United States of America.
Same-sex marriage on that day expanded to all 50 states as a result of a 5-4 vote by the U.S. Supreme Court. While much of the population was elated by the action, much was not. Many evangelical leaders warned that the potentially negative ramifications for religious freedoms are both massive and ominous — that a Pandora’s box has been opened.
Some said the decision could mean Christians will eventually be compelled to engage in civil disobedience, so strong is their opposition to the redefinition of marriage. They say they will not honor the court’s decision because it calls them to violate a clear biblical understanding of marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman.
“Make no mistake about our resolve,” stated an online Marriage Pledge signed by dozens of evangelical, Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian leaders as well as tens of thousands of Americans, and placed as a full-page ad in national newspapers. “While there are many things we can endure, redefining marriage is so fundamental to the natural order and the common good that this is the line we must draw and one we cannot and will not cross.”
In March, James Dobson of FamilyTalk, Rick Scarborough of Vision America Action, and Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel were among those promoting the pledge online. Scarborough told WorldNetDaily.com that if the court declared same-sex marriage to be a civil right, they would stand adamantly against any attempt by authorities to force Christians to acknowledge it.
Scarborough said their hope was that thousands of churches and millions of Christians nationally would join them. He added that those who plan to use the power of federal law enforcement to enforce same-sex marriage “better have a lot of prisons and jails.”
In a commentary at TownHall.com titled “We’re Not About to Crawl Into a Hole and Die,” Michael Brown, a Christian author, commentary and radio talk host predicted the evangelical community will not retreat from its longheld traditional values.
“Over and over again we are told that we have lost the culture wars and that it’s time for us to throw in the towel and capitulate,” he wrote. “I’m here to announce that no matter what the Supreme Court says, no matter what the President says, no matter what society says, we are not bowing down to anyone other than the Lord Himself. And with God’s help, there’s not a shred of a possibility that we will compromise our convictions when it comes to the meaning of marriage.”
Brown acknowledged that the widespread erosion of traditional values and the ongoing push to force acceptance of same-sex marriage could likely mean that Christians in America and the West “are about to enter a very difficult season.”
“It could well be that we will suffer many setbacks and losses before the tide turns, but as surely as Jesus is Lord, His people will stand tall and push back,” he stated.