As many expected, the U.S. Supreme Court today handed down its decision in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, deciding 5-4 that homosexuals have a constitutionally-protected 14th amendment equal right to marry. The decision requires that as of today, all 50 states must permit gay marriage and must recognize gay marriages performed in other states.
What does this mean for Christians?
America’s government was intended by our founders to rest on the stable support of a three-legged stool. One of America’s first laws as a new nation, passed in Congress at the exact time the Bill of Rights was being enacted, identified these three legs as religion, morality, and knowledge (education). This law, the Northwest Ordinance of 1789, was adopted to assist in the formation of new states and territories in the west. It declared that “religion, morality, and knowledge” were “necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind.”
The end of June is right around the corner and 2015 is nearly half over! Are you meeting your goals for this year? Are you headed where you want to go?
At the National Center for Life and Liberty, our focus every month and every year is laser-sharp: we exist to advocate for those who seek to preserve the Biblical values upon which our nation was founded. Although we work every day to preserve and protect your religious liberty rights, here's a little secret: we can't do it without you.
The month of May includes some of life’s most significant celebrations: Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and, for many students, Graduation Day. In many parts of the country, it is a time when Earth throws off its slumber and new life emerges.
In May, we remember the countless soldiers who have given their lives for our freedom. Did they die so that freedom could be trampled by forces that seek to weaken the church, the family, and our society? I pray not. They fought on the battle front and now we must fight on the home front to preserve our liberties. We can’t do it without your help.
Spring is in the air! It’s time to clean house and, of course, file (and pay!) your taxes. While many of us take some time during springtime to do a “deep cleaning” of our homes, have you ever considered doing the same with your ministry documents? By this, I mean updating your important documents and policies and eliminating those that are no longer necessary.
While these may seem like minor matters, our attorneys at the National Center for Life and Liberty deal with these issues on a daily basis. If your church is ever sued, a court will review whether the ministry is following its bylaws—including its Statement of Faith—consistently. These are not insignificant matters. Ask any pastor whose church has actually been sued.