"You cannot overreact to the importance, the seriousness, and the horror of what goes on when babies are being murdered." —R. C. Sproul Jr.
In response to the recent SCOTUS decision on gay marriage, a Presbyterian pastor based in Portland encourages his people to hold any view they want to in regards to the decision. For those discouraged by the ruling, he reminds them that the Supreme Court of the United States has no obligation to honor God with their decisions:
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.
This sentiment represents a trend among Christians to remove the authority of Jesus Christ from the public square…
Prepare for Bible study next week by reading Leviticus 1–7. We're very excited to come together next week to learn about how we're supposed to read, understand, and apply Old Testament Law. Many Christians and non-Christians alike have difficulty when they come to these sections of Scripture. We need to grow in our understanding of these passages, and it's vital for us to learn what God has to teach us in them. Bring your questions and your concerns as we deal with issues like: What about all the blood and guts? Does this really have anything to do with me? It seems so boring!