SCOTUS Strikes DOMA: What’s The Church to Do?

In Awareness on June 26, 2013 by The Spillover

Jared Wilson:

This, from a bulletin insert resource (pdf) provided by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC, I find helpful:

Teach your congregation to avoid anger, outrage, or despair.
Jesus tells us marriage has existed as a male/female one-flesh union “from the beginning” (Matt. 19:8). This means marriage is resilient, regardless of what any culture does to minimize or redefine it.

Love your gay and lesbian neighbors.
They aren’t part of an evil conspiracy. They are, like, like all of us apart from Christ, seeking a way that seems best to them. Be kind, and respect all persons as image-bearers of God.

Preach and teach on the integrity of conjugal marriage.

Don’t assume your people understand the gospel foundations of marriage. Take this opportunity to point to the formation of healthy, gospel-shaped marriage cultures within your congregation.

Repent of the ways our congregational cultures have downgraded marriage.
If your church hasn’t addressed divorce, cohabitation, or fornication through proclamation and discipline, now is the time to repent and rework.

Make your marriage convictions clear in your confession of faith.
If your church assumes a definition of marriage, your confession of faith is now irrelevant. Defend your religious liberty by making your congregational convictions clear in your statement of faith.

Stop laissez-faire wedding policies.
Your church building is not a public space and your church ministers aren’t justices of the peace. Make clear that you will marry, and host weddings, only for those who have accountability to the people of Christ and to the Word of God.

And here are some good words from Ray Ortlund’s Twitter feed this morning: “The Supreme Court did not rule today that you and I cannot have Christ-honoring marriages. So let’s get after it! A prophetic statement we can make today: flaming hot lifelong heterosexual marriages to make the world stand in awe.”

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