DOMA: What This Means For Christians
Just a few hours ago, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in 5-4 favor to overturn a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Just a quick background for those who are unaware, DOMA is a federal law passed in 1996 that allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed under the laws of other states and, until a portion of the act (Section 3) was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court today, also restricted federal marriage benefits. There is more involved in this law and for a more informative look at it, here’s a link.
Now what I want to first make clear in this post is that I’m not writing to bash anyone’s views on the issue, but rather I’d like to make sure that we as Christians understand what our role is during this time. Obviously, this is a sad day for us and my heart is extremely heavy for the decisions this country’s leaders and citizens continue to make which go against God’s commands. However, there is a role we as Christians must carry out and it looks like this…
KEEP LIVING YOUR LIFE
You are not responsible for the actions of others. You will not have to answer for the crimes which you did not commit. We do not need people hopping on the Westboro Baptist Church bandwagon and starting riots over an issue such as this. Continue to live your life pleasing to God, and when you have an opportunity to witness to someone, take full advantage and let’s change this country and this world not by forcing some government laws and restrictions on people, but rather by changing hearts and lives one at a time. Just because we know that these things go against God’s law doesn’t mean we have to manipulate and maneuver an entire population to do the same. It is not our role to condemn people or to try and punish them for their actions; it’s God’s job and he’s already made it painstakingly clear that the day will come for that.
For a larger recap of my views on the issue, see my previous post “Marriage Equality“.