Over the last several weeks, many of you, our NCLL supporters and friends, have had your mailboxes, inboxes, and voicemail boxes bombarded with calls, flyers, and emails from the presidential candidates and their campaign staffers. While every presidential election brings with it sweeping change in Washington and around the country, this one in particular is occurring at a pivotal time in America’s history. The sanctity of life, national security, individual security, religious liberty, immigration, the economy . . . every one of these issues is of tremendous importance to the future of America, and every one of these issues is at stake in this election. The untimely death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia reinforces the gravity of this election, given that the next president will likely nominate up to four new justices to the Supreme Court.
While everyone in the country rushed around in mid-December buying and wrapping last-minute Christmas gifts, a Boston judge was preparing to issue the first decision of its kind anywhere in the United States: a decision declaring that a religious school must hire a gay man married to his gay partner, despite the school’s objection to homosexuality and same-sex marriage. The Catholic school had offered this man a job as Food Services Director, but upon learning that he was a homosexual and was married to his gay partner, they rescinded the job offer in light of the fact that his lifestyle did not align with the school’s religious beliefs.
A few days ago, a pastor arrived at his church to find that his secretary had just taken a phone call that no Bible-believing pastor in America ever hopes to receive—one that could forever change his ministry.
The caller shared that he and his same-sex partner planned to get married, and they wanted the pastor to perform the ceremony at the church.
Thanksgiving is far too often overshadowed by the retail frenzy of the Christmas—make that the (politically correct) "holiday"—season. Yet if it weren't for the events we as Americans celebrate at Thanksgiving, we likely wouldn't have 200+ years of history as the most powerful, most freedom-loving nation this world has ever known. And there's no telling where we’d be if it weren't for the God who blessed those first settlers and allowed them to pave the way for the United States of America to become a reality more than 150 years later.