Editor's Note: This was written by Steve Huston for www.AmericanDecency.org in a blog and then email sent out June 26, 2019, the four-year anniversary of the SCOTUS ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. The original title is "4 Years and NOTHING to be Proud of"
Four years. That’s the amount of time that it takes most people to graduate from high school.
Four years. That’s the usual time period for people to get their Bachelor’s Degree.
Four years. That’s how long it’s been since a black-robed group of Justices unconstitutionally and fundamentally helped to change America, its way of life, and set us on a path to destruction.
Four years ago today, on June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States of America (SCOTUS) wrongly handed down a decision in the Obergefell v. Hodges case, stating that it is now a right, throughout the United States, for homosexuals to be joined in marriage.
Never mind that the SCOTUS had already ruled there was no constitutional right to gay “marriage” in 1972 (Baker v. Nelson).
Never mind that two of these nine justices (Justices Kagan and Ginsburg) had already performed same-sex wedding ceremonies during the pendency of the action and therefore had no business weighing in on this nation-altering decision. Had they not voted, America would still be a nation that honors Biblical marriage, a covenantal union between one man and one woman with God forever. Never mind that the court wrongly raised this issue to the level of a civil rights issue on the false claim of immutability (people cannot change their “sexual orientation.”).
Our culture has been hijacked by a pack of lies and false claims.
In reality, four years isn’t all that long; but it feels like a lifetime. How could we sink so far so fast?
In four short years, we have allowed the unbelievable breadth and depth of LGBTQ+ expansion throughout every area of our culture. It has infiltrated our schools, libraries, fire departments, and other public services, politics, media and entertainment, athletics, and even the church.
I am saddened to learn of the thirty foot tall “Pride Slide” in New York City being used to kick-off World PRIDE celebrations and Pride Week. According to Untapped Cities, “The Pride Slide is meant to encourage guests to ‘slide’ into the DMs, direct messages, of local senators and urge them to support the Equality Act, a piece of legislation that would enact federal protection against the discrimination of the LGBTQ+ community. This bill was passed by the House of Representatives in May and still needs to be voted on by the U.S. Senate.”
I am torn up and stirred over the Pride events which take place dishonoring God and the life He has graciously bestowed upon all mankind and a large number of children who attend these events and are forever affected. How many stories or pictures have we seen where young boys are influenced by partially to mostly naked men, some of these children dancing in an overtly sexualized manner, and others drawing a crowd with dollars offered in exchange for their “entertainment.”
I am shocked to learn of several denominations bowing to the LGBTQ+ agenda rather than bowing to the Word of God. I am appalled to read about a Presbyterian church in Cincinnati, Ohio whose building caretaker dressed up in drag to read The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag to children time during the Sunday, June 16 worship service. These lists of righteous indignation and hurt could go on and on.
In four short years we have witnessed the five stages that culture goes through, reaching homofascism (I heard Dr. Scott Lively share these stages):
Forced participation in the homosexual culture
Punishment of all dissenters
We’ve witnessed the punishment of dissenters on a smaller scale over the last several years; but should the Equality Act pass, that will strike a mighty blow to our freedom of speech, freedom of religious expression, our consciences, and speaking, preaching, and witnessing to the whole counsel of God.
The Equality Act has a nice sound to its name but it has lion’s teeth that will tear and shred at Christianity like Darius’ lions would have done to Daniel had God not shut their mouths. Let us pray that God will shut the door on this legislative venture in like manner.
Our nation is in the straits that it’s in, in part, because the Church has not stood united with one voice. We must stand upon the Word of God, not allowing our Light to be hidden. Darkness cannot displace light; light must recede if darkness is to take ground. We have no light of our own, only the light which God has given us through His Word and His only begotten Son. We are fighting a sin movement. Christ must be our armor of Light; may He be seen in our holy character.
May God grant each of us the tenacity of a bulldog in fighting for the truth, wisdom in avoiding Satan’s snares, and Lamb-like compassion for those caught up in the lies.