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 >>
One of my favorite TV scenes from childhood is when the Whos in Whoville gather on Christmas morning to sing, despite the Grinch allegedly stealing their Christmas. I know it's cheesy, but I think Dr. Suess' story has become a Christmas classic because it expresses a meaningful truth. Yes, the Grinch could take the Whos tree, their toys and their trimmings. But, he could not steal something in their hearts: he could not steal Christmas.
I couldn't help but think of that classic scene this past Sunday, when our church family gathered for worship. Like the Whos, we Christians last week lost something very dear to us – something far more precious than Christmas decorations and presents. We lost the state's recognition of a fundamental building block of our society. We lost the privilege of making the rules. We lost the security that our religious freedoms will be protected – that we'll be able to live and work according to our convictions without being ostracized or even jailed.
Yet, like the Whos in Whoville, we sang with the same joy, the same hope and the same exuberance that we do every Sunday. Truthfully, just like the Grinch could not steal Christmas, the Supreme Court cannot steal marriage, nor what it represents. Christian husbands and wives remain united to each other by a sacred bond. The church remains the Bride of Christ. And, Christians continue to anticipate, perhaps even more intensely, the return of our beloved Bridegroom – Jesus Christ. more >>
Many social conservatives are rightly disappointed and dismayed by the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which effectively legalized same sex marriage in all 50 states. Many pundits—even those who disagree with the decision—are already advising conservatives to consider the matter settled and turn their attention to other issues. However, I would encourage supporters of traditional marriage to continue stay the course. The future is unpredictable and developments in politics, technology, and culture can sometimes produce unexpected changes in public opinion.
For instance, in January of 1973, who would have predicted that:
1) Abortion numbers would quickly surge to over one million by 1977 and reach 1,600,000 by 1990. more >>
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini, has sent a letter to her husband, who's being held in an Iranian prison because of his Christian faith, on the day of their 11th wedding anniversary, telling him of the hardships and "excruciating pain" she is in without him.
"For 1,007 days I have remembered you in prayer and felt your pain. For 1,007 days I have been in prison with you as your wife and soul mate. Each night I have struggled with anxiety and a sense of urgency that we need to get you out," Naghmeh's letter reads.
"Each night that I have laid my head on our bed, I have hugged your empty spot and have wept myself to sleep. Each morning I have woken up with an excruciating pain to my new reality without you. I have prayed. Oh how I have prayed." more >>
WASHINGTON — While composing the 30-page majority opinion in last Friday's U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 ruling that it's unconstitutional for states to ban same-sex marriages, Justice Anthony Kennedy ignored the rights of children to have both a mother and a father, Heritage Foundation senior fellow Ryan Anderson argued Tuesday.
Anderson, who authored a not-yet-released book in response to the court's decision titled Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, spoke on a Heritage Foundation panel and asserted that 78-year-old "swing vote" Kennedy overlooked the very reason states are involved in marriage in the first place — to ensure parental stability for children.
Anderson cited George Mason University law professor Helen Alvaré, who dissected Kennedy's opinion word-for-word, and stated that the words Kennedy used to justify his opinion had more to do with the rights of individuals to define who they are rather than the rights of children to benefit from the advantages of growing up in a traditional family setting. more >>
Christians should have some concerns about Friday's U.S. Supreme Court decision redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. Some reactions, however, have been overblown. Here is what Christians should, and should not, be concerned about.
First the bad news.
(For simplicity, "Christian" in this article will refer to conservative Christians, or Christians who maintain a biblical understanding of sex and marriage. As a general rule, Christians who follow the culture on those matters have fewer concerns about how the culture will treat them.) more >>