Conservative Christians ‘Stunned,’ ‘Disappointed’ by DOMA Decisions

All these same folks who have sought and received (from the media) the title of “Christian Leaders” have been saying for years that “these things must and will happen” before Jesus returns, and then are “disturbed, stunned and disappointed” when they do. Really?

Conservative Christian leaders have expressed disappointment and concern over the United States Supreme Court’s decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8. Many conservative Christians have denounced the Wednesday morning decisions regarding the standing of the California constitutional amendment and the federal definition of marriage.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said in a statement that the five-judge majority’s decision regarding the DOMA case was “absurd.” Perkins also took issue with the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the Proposition 8 appeal over lack of standing.

“We are disturbed that the court refused to acknowledge that the proponents of Proposition 8 have standing to defend Proposition 8. This distorts the balance of powers between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government,” said Perkins. “Ironically, by refusing to defend the law, California’s executive branch has also denied the nation any definitive ruling on the constitutionality of defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

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6 comments on “Conservative Christians ‘Stunned,’ ‘Disappointed’ by DOMA Decisions

  1. The Supreme Court ruled that DOMA was unconstitutional which opens wide the door to same sex marriage being recognized by the government. Does that change the kingdom of God? Does that change the gospel? Does that change Christ? Does that change our discipleship? Does that change the Scriptures? Does that make lost people more lost? Does that change the coming of the Lord Jesus?
    Then why should we be upset at all? Let us be about our Father’s business regardless of how the dead are burying their dead. The kingdom of darkness lives by their rules and the kingdom of God lives by God’s Word. Jesus did not come to change the world. He came to change lives and to seek and save that which was lost. And we should walk in His steps and not get embroiled in the issues of the dead.

  2. In terms of the law, I myself was a bit disturbed by the ruling on Prop 8. I feel the court just wimped out on this one. Prop 8 was passed by California voters and should have stood until the voters decided to change it. In terms of personal convictions, of course, I believe that marriage is Biblically defined very clearly and no amount of legislation, or litigation, is going to change that. That which is “legal” and that which is blessed by God are two entirely different things. There are all sorts of evils which are perfectly legal in our society that go far beyond homosexual marriage. But the scriptures tell us that we reap what we sow. But of course all too many people are convinced that government should “legislate morality”, very selectively, of course. I really don’t see this as being the end of the world. Government already rewards all manner of ungodly behavior, this is just one more added to the stew pot.

    As far as DOMA goes, that decision is not at all surprising to me. From a purely legal perspective, that section of DOMA is clearly discriminatory. From a scriptural perspective, I really don’t see any principle in scripture that would require believers to lobby government in an attempt to deprive homosexuals of their basic human rights. Only a confounding of the physical nation of Israel and the spiritual nation of Israel would lead to that conclusion and to a spiritual nanny state that attempts to coerce its citizens into godly behavior. Something along the lines of sexual prohibition to coin a term. Here again, I don’t see this as the end of the world. Government largess does not constitute God’s blessing either. In fact, it can be a curse. But, as the children of God, we are not to be about attempting to enforce our faith by the power of the law.

    The decision that really disturbed me was the one regarding voting laws. I felt that this one was just wrong on a legal level because the law as it was written was an attempt to prevent civil rights abuses by the states. And I simply don’t trust certain of the states to not brazenly attempt to disenfranchise their citizens of their voting rights based on the color of their skin among other factors. I am all for voter identification for the purpose of lowering voter fraud (which every study out there has revealed to be insignificant in the whole scope of things), but when the price is the selective disenfranchisement of legitimate voters, the price is too high. I certainly hope that the states won’t be able to get away with abusing their electorates due to this ruling. On the spiritual level, of course, we have no rights period, only mercy which is abundantly available. And I will choose mercy over “rights” any day! But, on that same spiritual level, it saddens me to see people abused by those who God has chosen to watch over them.

    • George, i see this basically in the same manner you do. Legal, as far as the government, doesn’t mean it’s sanctioned by God.

      The decision that really disturbed me was the one regarding voting laws.

      Yes. It disturbs me too. It opens the door for individual States to discriminate and by doing so, swing elections.

      I certainly hope that the states won’t be able to get away with abusing their electorates due to this ruling.

      I believe we saw ‘hints’ of this during the last election, in certain southern States in particular.

      Oops, did i just mumble the words Texas and Arkansas? 🙂

  3. BTW – Any believer who is stunned and disappointed is niave and has put their faith in horses and chariots rather than God. None of our hopes should ever be placed in man. All of our hope is in Christ.


    One man with one woman one at a time.

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