The Wake-up Herald
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof. Romans 13:11-14
Robert McCurry, Editor & Publisher
June 5, 2012
"Same-sex marriage" Debacle
by Robert McCurry
It is encouraging to hear that some pastors have become vocal with sermons in opposition to the so-called ‘same-sex marriage’ subject since President Obama’s recent infamous endorsement. Some have joined with others as reported here:
‘A New Coalition Emerges To Protect Marriage’
Harry R. Jackson, Jr., June 1, 2012, Townhall.com
175 Christian leaders from around the country gathered for a 24-hour marriage summit in the DC metro area May 23-24, 2012. The small group represented nearly 100,000 individual churches and several denominations. The purpose of the summit was to strategize how we would respond to President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage. The group, which included pastors, community activists and denominational leaders, decided to send out a group letter to the president and to develop a pro-biblical marriage resource that could be used around the country.
The summit culminated with a press conference in which the participating leaders stood shoulder-to-shoulder. We wanted to let the nation know that Christian leaders will not be silent on the issue of same-sex marriage. We also wanted to ask the president and the legislators of both parties to convey to us their specific strategies. Many of the leaders who attended our press conference voted for President Obama in 2008; nonetheless, they wanted clarity on what the president, the senate, and the congress planned to actually do as a result of the president’s “evolution” concerning same-sex marriage.
We are deeply concerned about what this means for the future of the already dangerously weakened social fabric of our country. The first media responses to our press conference were predictable. Many outlets seemed to dismiss us as simply anti-Obama “Neanderthals.” One of CNN's press team even accused Tony Perkins (President, Family Research Council) of having a personal hatred for homosexuals.
While traditional news outlets continue to create and misread their own tea leaves (polls), pro-biblical marriage masses are rallying. For example, I was present yesterday (May 29, 2012) when marriage advocates delivered 113,000 petitions to the Maryland State House in order to add a marriage amendment to the 2012 ballot (twice as many petitions as needed, delivered 5 weeks early).
Those who misconstrue our concern about same sex marriage as rank bigotry would do well to keep in mind several facts:
First, we must be clear that this is not primarily a political issue. People across the political spectrum believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. It is a shame that an issue of such magnitude is being intellectually suffocated and pushed into a partisan political package.
Next, many Americans who do not profess religious faith are deeply concerned about the social effects of redefining marriage. Similar legislative decisions in Scandinavian countries in the 1990s have been associated with skyrocketing out-of-wedlock birthrates and an overall decline in marriage. Common sense reminds us that words that mean everything mean nothing. The broader the definition of marriage becomes, the weaker it becomes as an institution.
This new coalition has not yet been given a formal name, but the concept has gripped our hearts. We have agreed to take immediate steps of action:
- join in a 40-day fast through which we will beseech God to heal the soul of our nation,
- recruit churches around the nation to affirm traditional marriage on Father’s Day (June 17, 2012) – they will do this by preaching an appropriate biblical message on marriage and by reading a declaration of commitment to defend and uphold God’s first institution.
‘Better late than never,’ so the saying goes. Hopefully, it’s not too little too late. Preaching a sermon on biblical marriage on Father’s Day is commendable, but far from an instant cure-all remedy for this malady; it is at least a step in the right direction.
Since the root cause of this abysmal sodomite catastrophe is silent and passive pastors and churches, any remedial activity must be preceded by an acknowledgement of and repentance for the sins of silence and passivity; followed by, “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine”(II Tim 4.2).
Wake-up, Pastors! Wake-up, Christians!
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