Engaging Weekend is a collection of articles you might have missed over the weekend. But we thought they were important and wanted to make sure you had a chance to read them.
Christian Photographer Loses Gay Wedding Case
The outcome of this case should send chills down the spine of every person of faith. The government has, for the first time that I am aware of, decided that the religious convictions of American citizens is not a guaranteed right of the Constitution. Rather than being an inalienable right our religious convictions are now determined by the government and a “price” we must pay. Here’s what a recent article said about this court decision: “In a unanimous decision handed down Thursday, the court said the refusal violated the state’s Human Rights Act, stating there’s a ‘price’ to pay for faith that involves ‘compromising’ one’s beliefs. It rejected arguments that the law violated Elaine Huguenin’s free exercise of religion. Huguenin, who runs Elane Photography, had refused to do the ceremony in 2006 because it went against her beliefs.” The court has decided that a Christian cannot decline to render services, such as photography, in order to avoid violating their religious convictions. The court has now elevated homosexuality above the religious convictions of Christians. There will no doubt be a chilling effect of this court’s decision felt nationwide as other similar cases are still being litigated. This case will also make its way to the Supreme Court where, we pray, religious convictions will once again be protected as they should be. Click here for original article.
Law Professor: ‘The Supreme Court Will Grant Same-Sex Marriage In All 50 States’
A law professor made this statement in an article for CBS: “As a lawyer, and as a professor of law, I can say … that it’s perfectly clear what’s going to happen eventually. The Supreme Court will grant same-sex marriage in all 50 states. It’s just a question of which states, when…States’ rights were not why [the justices] said DOMA was unconstitutional. They said that DOMA violates equality and freedom of gay couples.” I can’t say for sure if he is right, though recent events would indicate momentum is on his side. If the complete redefinition of marriage does take place the family, especially children, will be most harmed. Such thoughts should serve as a call to action for defenders of traditional marriage and family. It is no longer acceptable to sit back and take a passive position in this battle. Those bent on redefining marriage are organized, motivated, and very active. If we who support traditional marriage are not equally active and vocal, we can expect to lose this battle. Click here for original article.
Churches changing bylaws after gay marriage ruling
Many churches are wisely changing their Constitution and By-Laws to reflect their belief that marriage is between one man and one woman. They are also including statements concerning the use of their facilities for ceremonies and other activities. I would say this is a wise decision and encourage every church to do the same. Others say it is unnecessary. A “gay Christian” leader recently criticized this move saying: “They seem to be under the impression that there is this huge movement with the goal of forcing them to perform ceremonies that violate their freedom of religion…If anyone tried to force a church to perform a ceremony against their will, I would be the first person to stand up in that church’s defense.” I suggest this leader prepare now to stand in defense of churches. It takes just a quick glance over the pond to the UK where the church is being used by a gay couple for refusing to allow them to do a same-sex ceremony. Are we really naïve as to think such a lawsuit won’t come to America? Church need to be prepared, not alarmist, just prepared. Click here for original article.
‘DUCK DYNASTY’ THRIVES ON CHRISTIAN STEREOTYPES
If you haven’t watched an episode of A&E’s hit reality show Duck Dynasty, you don’t know what you’re missing, Jack! The show is sure to make you “happy happy happy” as it blends faith and family, and duck calls. One of the best reasons to watch the show is the pubic declarations of faith made by members of the Robertson family, along with seeing the family end each show by sitting around a table praying together. Some don’t watch because they don’t agree with every bit of theology espoused by the Robertson family. I don’t mind disagreeing on minor points because the message of Jesus and need for families centered on Christ is the central message being shared by the family, and that is a message I can support. I also support their vocal defense of life and other conservative, biblical positions. One recent article writes: “The Robertsons don’t shy away from social issues. In a speech to a pregnancy center that has gained recent attention, patriarch Phil Robertson decried the hippie generation and abortion, saying, ‘That movement lured 60 million babies out of their mothers’ wombs.’ Jase and Missy Robertson have suggested that they waited until marriage to have sex…Decrying the state of the nation, Phil Robertson suggested ‘if the founding fathers of this country could see how degraded American morality has become, they would hang their heads in shame.’ Seriously, watch the show and at least once a week you will see some television with a positive message for your family. Click here for original article.
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About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.