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Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage: How Should the Church Respond?

Updated on June 26, 2015

Today the Supreme Court of the United States of America decided in a 5-4 decision to legally recognize gay marriage in all 50 states. This decision is massive and has incredible implications for religions liberty, as well as how Christians who hold to a traditional/biblical perspective on marriage will be perceived. The great temptations will be to cave under the weight of pressure to conform to the new social norm, or to hide in the shadows; unwilling to let a dissenting view come to light. Still, the call remains to be salt and light to a world that thrives in the darkness. In light of this call, how should the church respond? Here are three helpful places to begin:

1. Stand Firm on the Word of God

The ultimate authority of a Christian has never been any earthly governing authority. The Supreme Court has never been the measure by which we determine holiness, nor the means by which we understand the will of God, nor the final authority on our salvation. Dr. Russell Moore, of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, summed it up well when he wrote, “The Supreme Court can do many things, but the Supreme Court cannot get Jesus back in that tomb.” Therefore, we can rest assured that our foundation has not been broken. In truth, our foundation has not even been slightly rattled. The Word of God stands firm and it will endure the fading ways of this world (Matthew 24:35).

Psalm 1 is a very needed reminder that the Christian is marked, not by his association with the world, but rather by his deep dependence on the Word of God. We are reminded in Psalm 1:3 that for the one who builds his life on the Word of God, “He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

While the world screams at us to cave under its immense pressure, and while it is easier to cower in the corners of the world, our call is stand firm on the Word of God; to a be a light in the darkness. We cannot waiver. Society must never dictate the lives of Christians. The Word of God is enough. It will be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.

2. Model Biblical Marriage the promotes Gospel Truth

What the Supreme Court fails to see, and what the world is blind to, is the truth that gay marriage is ultimately a direct attack on the gospel of Jesus Christ. We read in Ephesians 5:22-33 that marriage is a gift given by God to reflect the gospel. Husbands represent Jesus Christ’s sacrificial love. Wives paint an incredible picture of the church’s submission to Jesus. Marriage is a gospel picture. Gay marriage is another assault on the gospel. Christians respond to this assault like we would any other assault; we model gospel truth.

The challenge for believers will be to live, model, and promote a view of marriage that paints the gospel picture God intended. This begins by understanding our own marriages to be a picture of the gospel, and promoting the sacrificial love of our Savior recognized by the unwavering submission of His Church.

We know what the world needs is the gospel. Even if the Supreme Court would have ruled differently, the world would still need the gospel. Our call to walk in a manner worthy of the gospel (Philippians 1:27) begins in our homes and in our marriages. Walking in a worthy manner is much more than merely talking in a worthy manner. While our faith demands that we speak the truth in the midst of opposition, we must also visibly model gospel truth in all you do. We cannot say we value a biblical picture of marriage and then neglect our own marriages. Let your marriage be a gospel light while you speak the truth in love.

3. Prepare for Persecution

The Christian understanding of marriage is steadily declining in the face of a postmodern society. This reality will inevitably lead to hardship and persecution as Christians, more and more, stand in visible contrast to the world. We must be prepared when persecution comes, and it will come. Justice Alito rightly concluded, “This decision will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.” Justice Alito was not the first to call us to be aware of the persecution that is coming.

The apostle Peter writes to the saints in 1 Peter 4:12, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.” At no point, from the early church to our modern-day, have Christians even been in a place where persecution was not expected. Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:12, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted…” As believers, we should expect persecution to the same degree we expect the law of gravity to remain constant. Godliness leads to persecution. Too often, when persecution comes, Christians are completely beat down and cave under its weight because they were not prepared for it. God has never been shy in communicating that following Him demands hardship, and it demands sacrifice. Too many Christians think God is joking.

Be prepared for the hardships that will come your way. Be ready to stand firm in the faith when your world seems to come crashing down. Trust that we serve a Creator who will never leave us, and never forsake us. Remember Jesus’ words in Matthew 10:28, “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.


Brothers and sisters, we serve a God that sits sovereignly on His throne. He is not shocked by the decisions made today in our country. Our God is bigger than the Supreme Court, and He is bigger than gay marriage. Entrust your souls to a faithful creator, and fight for holiness in the midst of a dark world. God Bless!

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      William Dugat 2 years ago from Lufkin, Texas

      I never really thought about things that way. That is very possible indeed! I try to keep my articles at the highest maturity level possible and do what is necessary to keep an open heart to those that need help. You can't lead the lost to Jesus Christ by cursing them and condemning them to hell, so I try to be nice to everyone I come in contact with and act as a mature adult would. It's challenging at times but I manage!

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      Kathleen Hiler 2 years ago from Mountain Home

      That was an excellent decision..no doubt for many reasons..I am sure there are more kids like you as far as their faith in Jesus..but you write like a more mature person..but I did detect youth in some of the things i read of yours..God said that in last days he would pour out his Spirit on the sons and daughters..it is possible that you are being raised up without the comradry for a reason that will no doubt have to do with strength from within with Jesus..only Blessings and care for you from Jesus

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      William Dugat 2 years ago from Lufkin, Texas

      Kathleen- I had to remove my age from my profile bio due to the risk of people who disagreed with my articles reporting me for being underage! I wish there were more kids like me... I sometimes feel very alone in my generation of mostly oblivious, immature children. I will search for your articles and I look forward to reading them! Have a nice day and may God bless you for your deeds!

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      Kathleen Hiler 2 years ago from Mountain Home

      Thank you William..I had decided to do just that..You are very encouraging..I have been busy with making a copy of all my articles so I can feel free to let them stay there..In the mean time you can google my name and you can look at some of them..i was at examiner.com..Articles are copied but now need to glean the photos that go with them..Thank you for your support and BRAVO to being a youth as you are for Christ ! I have a granddaughter your age :)

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      William Dugat 2 years ago from Lufkin, Texas

      Kathleen- I suggest you just leave the site your on and focus on hubpages. I would encourage you to and I would surely follow you and read your articles!

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      Kathleen Hiler 2 years ago from Mountain Home

      Hello..I appreciate your article. I came in here because I have an account here that was transferred over from squiddoo..haven't put anything new in here for awhile. I am also going to concur with your article as a whole but especially over the persecution. I have been writing for another site since 2011. All was fine until I posted an article on the counterfeit rainbow flag..not too happy with me..they took it down as well as every article for this year..When I write or edit I have to have it approved from a review board. I did work on some gramatical ones but still can't get approval for a week now. Don't feel I have time to fuss with them by not being able to hear from them. Keep up the good work I see you doing :)

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      William Dugat 2 years ago from Lufkin, Texas

      Incredibly true and well written. We definitely need to focus on number 3, because it's coming, and I fear it's coming very quickly. The end is near, and I doubt I will die a normal death. I believe there is a good chance he will return before I die. I'm only 14 and I can tell where this world is going. I'm just waiting for the volcanoes to erupt, the ground to shake, the government to fall, and the wars to begin. The era of the mark of the beast is coming near! We must stay strong and study the book, to empower ourselves in the future. Keep up the good work.

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      graceinus 2 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      America has reached a point where decadent has becomes law.

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