Yesterday the Supreme Court made it the law of the land that same-sex couples can marry…everywhere in the USA.  The ruling brought out loud cries of joy and the inevitable cries of this being the end times and “even so come Lord Jesus.”  I hope the people who are against this decision read Justice Kennedy’s ruling…

No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.” – Justice Anthony Kennedy, 06/26/15

And from an article by Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom, professor of Theology and Ethics at North Park Seminary:

But the church is called to more than unity around division, and this is why I say to all of us: rest in peace. Be at peace that God will do something in all those professing Christ in marriage. Be at peace that religious freedom is connected to justice for all. – See more at: http://sojo.net/articles/liberty-and-justice-all#sthash.N8AlQIBx.S7wxHVAX.dpuf

I am not theologian. But it seems to me that this week, with the ruling on the Affordable Health Care act and the Same-sex marriage ruling and the removal of the Confederate Flag from so many places, we Christians just became better equipped to do what Jesus commanded: to care for the widow and the orphans, to care for “the least of these”, “to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with OUR God.”

May it be so today and in the future.

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