Championing Pastors to Transform America
I'm sure you have heard about the actions of the latest renegade public official in Texas. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia (a President Clinton Appointee) made the Lone Star State the latest victims of judicial tyranny, toppling a marriage amendment that more than 75% of the state approved. Texas now joins the ranks of outraged voters in California, Utah, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Nevada, Kentucky, and Virginia, who've all seen their votes and right to self-governance vaporized by the courts' stampede toward same-sex "marriage."
With one stroke of his pen, Judge Garcia attempted to undo the will of 1,723,782 Texans and then in his mind-blowing commentary, insisted it wasn't his intent to silence them. "Today's opinion is not made in defiance of the great people of Texas or the Texas Legislature," Garcia wrote, "but in compliance with the U.S. Constitution..." That's ironic since there is no fundamental right to marry in the Constitution.
Fortunately, Governor Rick Perry (R) blasted the judge's lawlessness moments after the ruling came down. "Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in our Constitution, and it is not the role of the federal government to overturn the will of our citizens. This is yet another attempt to achieve via the courts what couldn't be achieved at the ballot box. We will continue to fight for the rights of Texans to self-determine the laws of our state." Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has already announced his intent to fight the decision.
So what can you and your church do about this spirit of lawlessness (see 2 Thess. 2:6-12) let loose in the land, initially inspired by the Obama Administration's Department of Justice and their refusal to defend the federal definition of marriage in DOMA, which was then ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court last summer? Here are two suggestions:
First and foremost, we need to pray. Righteousness and Justice are the foundation of God's throne (see Psalm 89:14) and we need to appeal to Him to intervene. Sign up for our weekly Prayer Targets to stay up to date, participate in the upcoming National Day of Prayer, and sign up for our sixth annual Call2Fall, based on God's original Call2Fall in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Second, we hope you will download, print and distribute our new Support Marriageresource which urges a groundswell of support behind federal legislation that will 1) protect the rule of law on marriage in your state (H.R. 3829), 2) protect natural marriage by constitutional amendment nationally (H.J. Res. 51), and 3) protect the religious liberty of those who believe in natural marriage against discrimination (H.R. 3133). Again, click here to download.
In this critical moment, we need pastors to function as spiritual Watchmen who will sound the alarm at the growing threat of lawlessness across America. Your people are looking to you for leadership. We want to help equip, resource, and serve you.
Standing for Faith, Family and Freedom,
Dr. Kenyn M. Cureton
Vice President for Church Ministries
Family Research Council