I have been mulling over the Supreme Court decisions of a week ago. Perhaps the most important observation to make is that 25 years ago such a decision would have been extremely unlikely. It became possible because our culture has shifted significantly in its attitude towards the issue of who should be married. So the court did not create the situation. It reacted to one. The issue was not just one of law but of culture. So we face the reality of how our culture is changing.
I thought of an analogy this week. People in our culture today get divorced for all kinds of reasons far beyond those Scripture addresses. Scripture views divorces for these other grounds quite negatively. Jesus called this situation adulterous. Yet the church seeks to minister to people who have made these choices. I suspect in thinking through the mission of the church in the face of our current situation as a similar kind of situation. We need to reflect the moral commitments of what marriage is as defined in Scripture, while recognizing our society is developing a different standard. We also need to continue to seek to minister to those who move in a direction distinct from the standards God in his Word sets forth. The two situations are similar.
This week the Table Podcast dealt with the Supreme Court decision from both a legal and a missional perspective. We interviewed a retired federal judge for the legal points. That podcast set a one day record of activity for our podcast program which is less than a year old. So if you are wrestling with how to think about what is taking place, I'd commend it to you. Here is the link:
Do let us know if you found this helpful. Mark Bailey, DTS President, hosts. He interviews Judge Rollin Van Broekhoven and myself. Also check out Lael Arrington's remarks on DOMA on the Bible.org blog list. She has said several things well.