Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage:  A Call to Christians to engage culture

click arial, buy sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>By Michael Hernandez

click arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>Today’s Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a right to marry nationwide, invalidates gay MarriageRingsDefinitionmarriage bans in more than a dozen states and upholds that the 14th Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples is a historic decision that is also a call to Christians “to engage the culture” in their perspective communities.

Speaking in the Rose Garden, President Barack Obama called the ruling a “victory for America.” The president said “This ruling will strengthen all of our communities.”

Giving a different perspective, Focus On The Family President Jim Daly said, “We are concerned that this decision will fan the flames of government hostility against individuals, businesses and religious organizations whose convictions prevent them from officiating at, participating in, or celebrating such unions.  We’ve already watched this hostility operate against wedding vendors, military chaplains, and others.”

Evangelist Franklin Graham said, “With all respect to the court, it did not define marriage, and therefore is not entitled to re-define it.  Long before our government came into existence, marriage was created by the One who created man and woman—Almighty God—and His decisions are not subject to review or revision by any man-made court.  God is clear about the definition of marriage in His Holy Word:  “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council, said it puts the government on a “collision course with America’s cherished religious freedoms.”

Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), said that what was unclear were the implications of the court’s ruling on “religious liberty and religious conscience protection” and how future court rulings would distinguish between “religious belief and religious expression.”   He said that it appears “we can believe what we want but can we exercise our faith?”  Sekulow pledged that the ACLJ would continue to protect religious freedom rights in America.

The cases before the Supreme Court involved laws from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Those states have not allowed same-sex couples to marry within their borders and they also have refused to recognize valid marriages from elsewhere. They previously had their bans upheld by a federal appeals court.

Locally, those concerned about their religious liberty and conscience wishing to become “engaged in the culture” can participate in At The City Gates—a grassroots citizens movement sponsored by History Makers International:

–praying for reformation and revival (Prayer Walks are held every second Saturday from 10-11 a.m. with the next one planned Saturday, July 11th at Oxnard’s Park Plaza (B and 5th Street);

–engaging the culture from a Christian worldview (dinner meetings with a speaker held every 5th Thursday at the Ventura Carrows Restaurant on 2401 Harbor Blvd. from 6-9 p.m. with the next dinner meeting set for Thursday, July 30th); and

–taking biblical action in a cultural sphere of influence that impacts local communities (religion; family; government; education; business; military; and media arts).


Those wishing to contact Michael Hernandez, a co-founder of the Citizens Journal and a former daily newspaper religion and news editor can email [email protected] or call (805)380-6935 to RSVP for events or to share your  story about “engaging culture” or “fighting for religious freedom.”


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