It is ironic that on the weekend before we celebrate our nation’s great history, we are dismayed by the amazingly rapid descent that many feel we have made as a country to a complete disregard for God and His Word. I imagine very few of us were surprised, but many of us are still grieving, at the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and to move us even further away from traditional family values and common-sense morality.
Perhaps even more frightening than the Supreme Court decision is the basis of that decision that to disagree with it, to propose a Biblical world view for marriage, family, and personal living, is to be out of touch with reality and to be guilty of bigotry and hatred. Justice Antonin Scalia was heroic in writing the dissenting opinion. Here is a brief excerpt:
To be sure (as the majority points out), the legislation is called the Defense of Marriage Act. But to defend traditional marriage is not to condemn, demean, or humiliate those who would prefer other arrangements, any more than to defend the Constitution of the United States is to condemn, demean, or humiliate other constitutions. To hurl such accusations so casually demeans this institution. In the majority’s judgment, any resistance to its holding is beyond the pale of reasoned disagreement. To question its high-handed invalidation of a presumptively valid statute is to act (the majority is sure) with the purpose to “disparage,” “injure,” “degrade,” “demean,” and “humiliate” our fellow human beings, our fellow citizens, who are homosexual. All that, simply for supporting an Act that did no more than codify an aspect of marriage that had been unquestioned in our society for most of its existence-indeed, had been unquestioned in virtually all societies for virtually all of human history. It is one thing for a society to elect change; it is another for a court of law to impose change by adjudging those who oppose it hostes humani generis, enemies of the human race.
These are disturbing days when having a Christian perspective on moral issues makes us “enemies of the human race.” But, we must remember that we are not defined or determined by the Supreme Court decisions or even by the laws of the land. Our confidence is in the God of the Universe. Our hope is not in legal descriptions but in changed hearts. We can establish our own Defense of Marriage Act by being kind and loving husbands and wives, by living even more focused, faithful, and holy lives, and by loving our brothers and sisters into the Kingdom of God regardless of their race, religion, or sexual identity. In the end, when we are true followers of Christ, we know that love wins.