On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court held a 5-4 decision that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples. Justice Kennedy declared that “the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment couples of the same-sex cannot be deprived of that right and that liberty.”
Chief Justice Roberts rightly asserted in his dissent that, “the majority’s decision is an act of will, not a legal judgment.” Roberts would continue to say, “The majority lays out a tantalizing vision for the future Members of this Court. If an unvarying social institution enduring over all of recorded history cannot inhibit judicial policymaking, what can?” His warning is urgent: if the Supreme Court allows itself to redefine marriage, there is no restraint on the judiciary to redefine anything else! Roberts would go on to warn that, “It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning would apply with equal force to the claim of a fundamental right to plural marriage?” Within the week cases for polygamous marriages started to surface.
Justice Antonin Scalia had these remarks to the ruling, “I write separately to call attention to this Court’s threat to American democracy.” He would go on to say, “[I]t is not of special importance to me what the law says about marriage. It is of overwhelming importance, however, who it is that rules me. Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court. The opinion in these cases is the furthest extension in fact—and the furthest extension one can even imagine—of the Court’s claimed power to create ‘liberties’ that the Constitution and its Amendments neglect to mention. This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.”
The Supreme Court of our United States has made its decision. The result is that states are able to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and must recognize same-sex marriages performed by other jurisdictions across all 50 states.
Just as we are trying to discuss and address the meaning of that ruling on July 14, 2015 a video was released showing the senior medical director of Planned Parenthood casually discussing the sale of organs from aborted babies which is a moral challenge thrown right in the face of all Americans.
The video reveals Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood, discussing the intentional harvesting of organs and other tissues from babies aborted in Planned Parenthood clinics. While reaching with her fork for salad, Dr. Nucatola openly tells a group she believes to be medical researchers that there is a great demand for fetal livers, but “a lot of people want intact hearts these days.”
Her language is beyond chilling as she described how abortions are conducted specifically to harvest intact organs: “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part. I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
After weeks of having our senses overwhelmed with the Culture of Sex and Culture Death, how are Christians to rightly handle these challenging times?
Sin is rampant. Sin is everywhere. A quick look on your Twitter feed (or folding Newspaper) you will be quickly reminded that our world is getting worse not better. The reflection of what you see at the regional, national, or international level is a reflection of what’s happening at the individual level. Every single person is under the stranglehold of a power that left unchecked leads them towards self-destruction. That power is sin. That power is rampant. Sin is everywhere.
Listen to the full sermon here: Giving Sinners what they want