Gay marriage is now legal across the United States. That’s reality. I don’t like this new reality, but the Supreme Court of the United States has spoken.
The problem is that God had already spoken on this issue. To state it simply . . . I “believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.”*
What will happen in the future when a church declines to host a gay wedding? What will happen in the future when a pastor declines to officiate a gay wedding? This is the next great battle that the courts will decide.
My best guess is that eventually the courts will say that if a church or a pastor participates in any weddings, they must participate in all. However, I have an alternative idea. Perhaps we can learn from Mexico!
It was in 2009 that Lynne and I were in Piedras Negras, a border town in the Mexican state of Coahuila, for a wedding. I wasn’t surprised by how they did weddings in Mexico: I WAS COMPLETELY SHOCKED! A marriage in Mexico is legal only if it is a civil ceremony performed at a local Civil Register Office (Oficina del Registro Civil).
So on Friday afternoon the bride and groom, both sets of parents, and Lynne and I had an appointment at the office of their equivalent of a Justice of the Peace. A few questions and a few signatures later, they were married in the eyes of the law. However, as followers of Jesus Christ the bride and groom wanted the blessing and affirmation of God upon their marriage. So they were married again at their local church the next day. As Christians, they didn’t consider themselves fully married until that act of worship at church.
I can’t foresee every result or ramification from today’s Supreme Court decision. But I do now this: I will never officiate a same-sex wedding. If there is a cost to my civil disobedience, I will pay it. But, I will not compromise my faith or the Bible.
*from the EFCA Statement of Faith