Letter to the editor: We must ask God to forgive us

The Supreme Court ruled June 26: “Same-sex marriage is legal in all fifty states.”

The vote was 5-4 and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote the majority opinion saying; “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family.  In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were . . . . They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law.  The Constitution grants them that right.”

Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., in a dissent joined by Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Clarence Thomas, said, “If you are among the many Americans – of whatever sexual orientation – who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision . .  . But do not celebrate the Constitution.  It had nothing to do with it.”

Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. warned; “Today’s decision usurps the constitutional right of the people to decide whether to keep or alter the traditional understanding of marriage.  The decision will also have other important consequences.  It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.  In the course of its opinion, the majority compares traditional marriage laws to laws that denied equal treatment for African-Americans and women.  The implications of this analogy will be exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent.”

Justice Alito is absolutely correct.  We are already witnessing liberal media attacks on anyone who publically speaks out against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lifestyle – including same-sex marriage.  But now, with the Supreme Court (five people) declaring this to be the “law” of the land, religious leaders and church pastors will soon be silenced.

No longer will we be allowed to publically proclaim: “Same-sex marriage and the homosexual lifestyle are an abomination and sinful in the eyes of God.”  Anyone who dares to make such a proclamation will be considered a “hater” and subjected to prosecution under federal “hate-crime” laws.

But this is only the beginning.  Liberals, progressives, and atheists will not rest until we are forbidden to speak out against sin.

Many people have already accepted the murder of an innocent unborn child as simply a woman’s right to choose.  And now that we have accepted homosexuality and same-sex marriage, the next thing on their list will probably be God’s first commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”  President Obama, Pope Francis and others are already telling us “there are many ways to Heaven.”

So when we proclaim, “Jesus is the only way to Heaven,” will we also be breaking the law?

God told us long ago what we must do – but so far, we have been unwilling to do what he has asked us to do:

“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).