Outspoken San Antonio, Texas pastor John Hagee joked Tuesday that "God will have to judge America" or "apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah" after last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
"This Supreme Court has made American the new Sodom and Gomorrah," said Hagee during his "Hagee Hotline" broadcast. "God will have to judge America or He's going to have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah."
During the program, Hagee called the ruling a "naked judicial power grab" and a "direct attack on states' rights." more >>
For Christians, the emotional response to the Supreme Court's decision on marriage has run the gamut, and understandably so. It would be impossible to overstate the significance of Friday's announcement.
In my statement to the media, I urged believers to continue engaging the culture with loving kindness and to be a light in these dark times. I joined many other Christian leaders in signing the "Here We Stand" evangelical declaration that, among other things, cautions against responding in panic to this ruling.
To be sure, it's a sobering time, but it's the era we find ourselves in. God didn't promise us a life free of oppression. A rudimentary study of the Bible shows us story after story of persecution, and we've seen plenty of news stories of how our Christian brothers and sisters are currently facing extreme oppression at the hands of groups like ISIS. more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Alan Robertson advised newlyweds John Luke and Mary Kate Robertson to "have the same mindset as Jesus" in their relationship just days before their June 26 wedding and their subsequent Australian honeymoon this week.
John Luke proposed to Mary Kate on his 19th birthday last October, and the pair tied the knot during an outdoor ceremony on the Robertson family farm in West Monroe, Louisiana, before 800 guests on Saturday. While the newlyweds are enjoying their honeymoon Down Under, John Luke's uncle, Alan, revealed his advice for the couple in an email to The Christian Post.
"In your relationship with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus," said Robertson, known as the "beardless brother" on A&E's "Duck Dynasty." more >>
Following the Supreme Court's ruling last Friday that states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, at least two county court clerks in Mississippi and Arkansas have already resigned because they will not comply with the court's ruling, while other clerks across the nation have had differing responses to the ruling.
On Tuesday, Linda Barnette, a circuit court clerk in Grenada County, Mississippi, announced her resignation and explained that it was due to the fact that the Supreme Court's ruling conflicted with her Christian belief that marriage should only be between one man and one woman.
Barnette, who held her position for 24 years before her resignation, said she is choosing "to obey God rather than man." more >>
"Love wins" is the hashtag of choice for those in support of the newest Supreme Court decision that passed that legislative body by a 5-4 vote. If you're not content with that, you're just an evil bigot who needs to shut up and support this new legislation. Forget the fact that you have very rational reasons for keeping marriage between a man and a woman: genderless marriage changes the cultural understanding of marriage from the well being of children to merely the romantic desires of adults. For kids who all deserve a mom and a dad and need a culture to support that, love hasn't won.
But you are to pay no attention to the children behind the curtain! If you don't change your bigoted position (which isn't really bigoted) many in the "Love wins" crowd will see to it that you are fired, fined, sued, run out of business and forced to violate your conscience and God. Churches too! (Wow, if this is "love," I'd hate to see what hate looks like!)
Each side on this issue believes the other side is wrong. There is a moral judgment being made whether you are for or against redefining marriage. Morality is always legislated (or judicially imposed). So what is the right morality? more >>
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has reportedly expressed his "deep concern" over a resolution inside the U.S. Episcopal Church's House of Bishops that is seeking to remove references to marriage as a union solely between a man and a woman, among several other changes.
"While recognising the prerogative of The Episcopal Church to address issues appropriate to its own context, Archbishop Justin Welby said that its decision will cause distress for some and have ramifications for the Anglican Communion as a whole, as well as for its ecumenical and interfaith relationships," the Anglican Communion News Service reported on Tuesday.
Resolution A037 in question refers to new marriage liturgies for trial use and a canonical change approved by the Episcopal House of Bishops, which will need to also be approved by the House of Deputies before they can come into effect. more >>