Pastor Jim Mailloux
Go Deeper Questions
- Review the list of 10 issues regarding the recent Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage. Which of those do you believe to be most significant? Why?
- Federal Government Authority vs. States’ Rights
- Most of the soldiers who have died for this country (in all wars) would “roll over in their graves” if they knew this is what we did with the freedom they secured for us.
- Epistemology = “Source of truth”. What is authoritative? The Bible? The Law (Constitution)? Science? Human reasoning? Experience?
- Majority Rules determines current morality – i.e. there are no anchors of truth that transcend all people; only relativity and situational ethics.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.
- Breakdown of the underpinnings of society. Regardless of anyone’s opinion of the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) decision on same-sex marriage, a significant change was made and society will be different as a result.
- No embarrassment over the public discussion of sexual activity. Why is the public celebration of any sex act viewed as the product of enlightenment?
For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
- We are a society that condones immoral behavior. We are a society that institutionalizes sin. (No fault divorce, abortion, homosexual marriage)
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.
…they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.
- The Bible has direct teaching against all sexual immorality, including fornication, adultery, homosexuality, incest and rape.
- With a hyper-sensitivity to not offend, no one is concerned about offending God, much less Christians.
- The SCOTUS decision reiterated the right of clergy and churches to hold and practice the traditional Christian view that homosexuality is a sin. But how long will that be tolerated? What tactics will be used to coerce churches to cave into the pressure or face ridicule, persecution or litigation?
- Epistemology = “Source of truth”. What sources do you rely on to determine truth? What reasons do you have for considering this source as reliable? What are the consequences of choosing a faulty source of truth?
- How do we balance the right of every American to believe and practice any faith with the danger of requiring the condoning of something that goes against a person’s beliefs? How should a Christian respond when a legal activity goes against their conscience? Read 1 Corinthians 5:9-13.
- Read Genesis 2:18-25. Since God gave us marriage (rather than it being a human invention), why is the picture of Jesus Christ and His Bride (the Church, or all believers) paramount when determining acceptable practices related to marriage and sexuality?
- Read Romans 1:18-32. What does this passage say about everyone’s ability to know God? What does this passage say about homosexuality? What sins listed in verses 29-32 have you committed?
- If the government were to tell you that you must either condone sin, change your religious views, or be fined or jailed, what would you do? What would you want your pastor to do? Have you considered how you would continue to practice your faith if the government were to curtail the “free exercise of religion”?