Four Things You Can Do to Preserve Traditional Marriage
Jim Daly Jim Daly is president and chief executive officer of Focus on the Family, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families thrive.
- 2013 Apr 11
Joining John Fuller and me is Dr. Helen Alvare, a professor of law at George Mason University, and Dr. Al Mohler, the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
By clicking here you can hear the entire program, which includes audio clips from the actual proceedings inside the Supreme Court chamber. Drs. Alvare and Mohler do an excellent job of breaking down the complex legal arguments into easy-to-understand language.
By now many of you may be weary of the seemingly never-ending discussion concerning same-sex marriage. In fact, we know there are some Christians who don’t even think it’s that big of a deal. “Live and let live,” they say. ”Homosexual marriage won’t affect me or those close to me.”
But you know what? That’s just not true, or it won’t be for long. We’ve already seen Christian photographers and Christian bakers who have been hauled into court for refusing to contract their services for same-sex marriage ceremonies. Christian adoption agencies have been forced to close their doors, depriving orphan children of wonderful platforms by which to find Christian, forever homes.
If the Supreme Court redefines marriage, the assault on our religious liberties will increase dramatically. And it will fundamentally transform the meaning of marriage for this up-and-coming and all future generations.
In all this push for same-sex marriage rights the elites seem to have forgotten that it’s the children who are paying the steepest price.
As an example, I know a teacher who was telling me just the other day that he has a certain boy in his elementary school class. The child has two mothers. This child's anger is out of control. Now, I know that can happen in a heterosexual family as well, but what’s different in this case is that the child continues to make up stories about his imaginary father. Intuitively he’s trying to compensate for what he’s been denied – even though he can’t quite articulate it.
This one example illustrates the emotional impact that a boy or girl may have when they are intentionally denied either a mother or a father. They're going to act out in some way and try to create that for themselves.
I hope you’ll tune in to listen to the entire program, but I want to close with sharing the four things Dr. Mohler suggests Christians must do regarding the wonderful institution of marriage.
- Hold tight to the truths of the Scriptures. Do not grow weary.
- Honor a biblical understanding of marriage by remaining faithful to your respective spouse.
- Continue raising your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
- Share the Good News of the Gospel with all people. Be winsome but be bold.
This is going to become more difficult. But it is also a defining moment in the history of the church, and we must rise to the occasion to meet it with courage and a spirit of strong conviction.
I welcome your thoughts.
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