Thursday, July 30, 2015

UBA's Response to Churches and Same-sex Marriage

In June the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. Though it was a landmark decision, the Justices were not unanimous. The vote was 5 to 4.  For the first time ever Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts read his dissenting opinion from the bench. The division on the court mirrors the division in the country and in the church.

Even though same-sex marriage is now legal, the majority of UBA churches will choose not to participate. However, it is possible that some may setting up the potential for conflict and division among the churches of UBA.

This has not been the first time this has occurred in UBA history, nor will it be the last. The question is, how will we manage this situation?

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Sky Wasn't Falling BUT the Wolf Still Ate Chicken Little! Let the church be warned!

As I read the Chicken Little story, something troubled me.  The sky wasn't falling, but the wolf ate Chicken Little and all his friends!  

After I wrote my last blog, I took time this week to read the majority decision handed down by the court and each of the dissenting opinions from Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas and Alito.  What I read troubled me.   

In the opinion of the dissenting justices, the implications of the decision for our legal system are profound.  A bare majority of five people have overridden the will of the people as expressed through their legislatures and determined the law of the land.  As the dissenting justices say, this should trouble us all.

But I'm a churchman, not a lawyer, and the implications of what I read for the church, for the Christian community and for religious liberty deeply troubled me.  Rather than share my thoughts I will let the justices speak for themselves.

Chief Justice Roberts states it clearly:  "Today’s decision ... creates serious questions about religious liberty.”  Justice Thomas wrote:  "Aside from undermining the political processes that protect our liberty, the majority’s decision threatens the religious liberty our Nation has long sought to protect.