“We will not Comply!” – Civil Disobedience Begins
All across the United States today there is a growing movement of people vowing to refuse to comply with any attempts to force Christians to marry gays. Governor Abbott in Texas, Black Pastors in Memphis, Franklin Graham, all are taking a stand for their beliefs against yesterday’s Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage. The issue is so much deeper than same-sex marriage- it’s about the Supreme Court interfering with State’s Rights, and creating legislation that they are not allowed to do under the Constitution. But the damage is done, and people are angry. They will not comply.
‘God defines marriage, not the Supreme Court’
Franklin Graham, in a Facebook post yesterday wrote,
“The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled today that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states. With all due respect to the court, it did not define marriage, and therefore is not entitled to re-define it.
Long before our government came into existence, marriage was created by the One who created man and woman—Almighty God—and His decisions are not subject to review or revision by any manmade court. God is clear about the definition of marriage in His Holy Word: “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24)…”
At a conference of Africa-American Pastors in Memphis on June 23, they vowed refuse to comply with any Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage.
“We stand today to put America on notice that we will not obey an unjust law. Same sex marriages, they try to claim to is a civil right. They hijacked the Civil Rights Movement and say it’s the same thing, but it’s not the same thing,” said Rev. Bill Owens, the president and founder of the Coalition of African-American Pastors.
Members of the Coalition of African-American Pastors and other ministers stood side by side to say they will refuse to obey the Supreme Court decision if the justices legalize same-sex marriage.
Governor Greg Abbott of Texas stated to Kiii news,
“Despite the Supreme Court’s rulings, Texans’ fundamental right to religious liberty remains protected. No Texan is required by the Supreme Court’s decision to act contrary to his or her religious beliefs regarding marriage.
The Texas Constitution guarantees that ‘no human authority ought, in any case whatsoever, to control or interfere with the rights of conscience in matters of religion.’ The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the free exercise of religion; and the Texas Religious Freedom Restoration Act, combined with the newly enacted Pastor Protection Act, provide robust legal protections to Texans whose faith commands them to adhere to the traditional understanding of marriage….I will be issuing a directive to state agencies instructing them to prioritize the protection of Texans’ religious liberties.”
What are the ramifications of this “civil disobedience?”
It is bad enough that Christian business owners have been browbeat continually by gay activists, sued, fined, basically taken for every dime they own out of a malicious attempt to destroy them. But with this ruling, the inch they took in those cases has now become a mile- a mile long disaster for America’s Christians. The government now has the ability to interfere in the workings of American churches.
“A little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.” Thomas Jefferson, 1787