10 Concerns About The Supreme Court’s Same Sex Marriage Ruling

10 Concerns About The Supreme Court’s Same Sex Marriage Ruling

**edited to add P.S. at the end of the post – 7/10/2015**

I’ve tried to listen, pray, and think about the impact of last month’s Supreme Court ruling that now allows for same sex marriage. It seems to be a coming-out celebration party for everyone who identifies as homosexual and for their friends.

Some have described it in the same vein as Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. While I would not go that far, I do think many who have lived in the secrecy of public shame are emboldened that a public declaration makes them a little less sidelined and affords them a government-approved entrance ramp to marital bliss.

I’ve tried to imagine myself in their shoes. To be shamed for an orientation I did not choose, and to live with it secretly for fear of what others might think of me or do to me, would be a very heavy burden. So I do understand some of the “we-won” reaction.

However, the large majority of same-sex folk are not headed to the marriage altar. They just want their orientation “normalized.” And, like it or not in the church, this decision goes a long way in that direction.

A decision that impacts something as foundational as the definition of marriage will take a while to create consequences. As I look ahead, I have concerns (and some predictions) about the impact of this decision.

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Hobby Lobby and the Kingdom of God

Hobby Lobby and the Kingdom of God

For many in our world, the idea of religion as an influencer of public policy is frightening. As long as the church stays inside its walls, redeems drunkards from the city streets, marries and buries, then it is due the tax exemption that it receives. But when the church finds a voice in the public arena and begins to operate out of a different cultural narrative, then it is narrow, bigoted, and dangerous. That’s the world we live in. And Christians with convictions are in the crosshairs of public opinion.

And then we wake up to a Supreme Court decision that upholds the conscience of the Green family, owners of Hobby Lobby. I find some elements of Obamacare to be helpful – children staying on their parent’s health coverage through their college years, the mandate that requires insurance companies to offer coverage to families who have children with serious illness, and the attempt to address the uninsured. At the same time, I find the over-reach that ignores a sacred conviction about life in the womb to be unacceptable.

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