Why are quiet Christians so alarmed right now...

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One venerable reader has criticized the alarm of quiet Christians in the face of this past week's rulings by the Supreme Court—particularly Obergefell v. Hodges. As he sees it, this particular decision is not nearly as destructive as the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade which legalized, not simply sodomitic marriage, but the murder of unborn children. He points out Roe v. Wade was a much more evil ruling in its intent and fruit, resulting in more than fifty million slaughtered babies over the past thirty-two years in these United States alone.

Of course he's right about the wickedness of Roe v. Wade and the riot of bloodshed it has unleashed across our nation and copied around the world. Billions of men made in the image of God have been slaughtered in the past few decades, and in much of the world the local justification has born the mark of the obscene ideology of North American feminism. It's true Evangelicals have never had much of a heart to oppose this slaughter, although for what it's worth, we do label ourselves "pro-life."

As I said to Mary Lee several days ago, Evangelicals quoting Francis Schaeffer on civil disobedience this past week should keep in mind that...

he lived post-Roe v. Wade and was fully aware that the civil magistrates of his own time had repudiated the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution by declaring more than a quarter of our nation's citizens outside the equal protection of the law—with no right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If ever there was a when-in-the-course-of-human-events moment since 1776, it was the Supreme Court's declaration of open season on a third of our nation's citizens the day they issued their bloodthirsty Roe v. Wade. It was way back in 1973 and it was many years before our father-in-the-faith, Francis Schaeffer, died. The only defense one can make of the Good Prophet (whom I loved) is that he may have believed we needed ten or twenty or thirty years of efforts down every possible road to the repeal of this bloodshed, using every legal means at our disposal. If so, been there, done that.

That aside, there is a reason simple Christians today are fearful and speaking up against Obergefell v. Hodges while the horror of Roe v. Wade is pretty much ho-hum to them and us.

Roe v. Wade was never aimed at destroying our First Amendment right of freedom of religion, but that's ground zero of the homosexualist movement and their great victory, Obergefell v. Hodges. Another way of putting it is that Roe v. Wade wasn't intended to silence the consciences of our nation's citizens who opposed abortion. But make no mistake: that is precisely what homosexualists intend and Obergefell v. Hodges will accomplish for them. This decision of the Supreme Court signals the end of the Christian and Muslim and Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox and Jewish religious conscience in these United States of America. Watch how quickly it happens and then tell me common Christians fearful at the end of this week are just stupid Calamity Janes.

The authority and powers implicit in Obergegell v. Hodges will soon be improved in ways that Roe v. Wade never intended, and over thirty years has never accomplished.

Yes, the quiet Christian who rarely is alarmed over the state of our Union is rightly fearful following Obergefell v. Hodges. She is not stupid. She knows what it means and what is coming.

And although we admit we should care more about the unborn than we care about ourselves, we do love our Lord and His Word and Church. And we want our pastors and elders (and older, Titus 2 women) to have freedom to speak and preach to us and all men, warning everyone of sin and righteousness and judgment.

God's judgment and righteousness, and our every last sin.

Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and big lots of grandchildren.

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