First, the Supreme Court is more or less codifying the will of the American people—the wishes of our friends and neighbors. This ruling is not judicial activism in the sense of forcing a minority decision upon a powerless majority. Secondly, we should remember that it's possible to hold views about what the Bible teaches without necessarily advocating for the government to hold those views. If we lived in a theocracy, when the government strayed outside of what the Bible commends and condemns then there would be a need, if not a moral mandate to remind the government of its foundational commitment to God's word. But, our government operates as a pluralistic democracy. And like God's people who were exiled to Assyria, Babylon, and Persia in the 8th–6th centuries, to expect our government to reflect our religious principles could be short-sighted. As Christians in Portland, we don't live in Jerusalem but in Babylon.
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience' sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. (Romans 13:1–7)
But this pastor exhibits the tired and convenient excuse for all governing authorities who want to avoid any moral responsibility: "But we don't live in a t*******y!" You know, that oh-so-terrible nine-letter word that would be so brazen as to hint at the concept of a people being ruled by God as their Lord and King. After all, we wouldn't want that!
Sadly, Christians are forsaking the Kingship of Jesus Christ, the foundational reality of the Gospel. We have forgotten that "all authority" has been given to Him "in heaven and on earth" (Matthew 28:18). We have forgotten that the "gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations" (Matthew 24:14). We have forgotten that when Jesus told Pontius Pilate, "My kingdom is not of this world," He did not mean that He had no authority in the world, but that His authority was not granted by man but by His heavenly Father. We have forgotten that Christ finished His earthly work of humiliation and is now sitting exalted at the right hand of His Father, waiting to return "with great power and glory" (Mark 13:26) to deal out "retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus" (2 Thessalonians 1:8).
Indeed, God's power does not reside in human buildings or human institutions: "The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands" (Acts 17:24). But we must be careful when we proclaim this truth not to remove God's Lordship over heaven and earth from the equation. We must not forget that "God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere [even judges and presidents] should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men [even senators and county clerks] by raising Him from the dead" (Acts 17:30–31). When we say things like "We don't live in Jerusalem but in Babylon," we must be sure that we're not undercutting Christ's claim on the subservience of all the nations of the earth to His perfect will. Yes, all of them:
Why are the nations in an uproar
And the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”
He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
“But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
“I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”
Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
Worship the Lord with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!