Prayer Targets: Marriage; Canadian Hate Speech, Heartbeat Law; Boy Scouts; Pastors Briefing
March 13, 2013
Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they [two] shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more [two], but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. Matthew 19:4-6
Dear Praying Friends,
The late Dr. D. James Kennedy is legendary for his commitment to equip believers both to evangelize and to be godly, culture impacting citizens. He set the pace for pastors and people to be salt and light in a nation whose Forefathers believed America was called to be a "City on a Hill" (Mt 5:14), a Christian witness to the world. He wrote:
The wisest man to walk the planet-someone who shaped Western civilization-explained marriage some 2,000 years ago... [Matthew 19:4-6]. Here we have the short answer why marriage is always the union of a man and a woman and never the union of two men or two women. The Creator said so-and He makes the rules. He designed the different but complementary physical, emotional, and mental, characteristics of men and women...of which marriages are made. Vive la difference!
For those with ears to hear, God and our nature shout the same message about marriage.
First, harm to children. Social science research strongly supports the common-sense observation that children do best when raised by their married mother and father...
Second, the decline and fall of marriage. Hoover Institution researcher Stanley Kurtz has documented how 10 years of same-sex marriage [as of 2004], or its functional equivalent, civil unions, in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden have led to far fewer marriages and rocketing illegitimacy... 80 percent of firstborn children are born out of wedlock..60 percent...born thereafter are born to unwed parents...
Third, polygamy and more. Once it is established that two men have the right to marry, it will be impossible to deny that same right to others. If marriage can be redefined as any two men or two women in love, what rational principle precludes extending that logic to polygamy-or any other combination of emotionally attached men, women, or children?
Fourth, say good-bye to free speech. It's speak now or be forced to forever hold your peace if same-sex marriage is legalized nationwide. That sounds extreme, but the push to stifle dissent is already evident in Canada, where homosexual marriage was made legal in 2003. That April, the Canadian parliament passed a measure criminalizing "hate speech" against homosexuals (see Dr. Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe: Five Good Reasons to Reject Same-Sex Marriage. 2004).
The idea of same-sex "marriage" is a 21st Century phenomenon. Netherlands was the first nation to legalize the practice in 2001. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court declared it a state constitutional mandate in 2004. When Hawaiian activists attempted to make it legal in Hawaii, Congress scrambled to pass the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996 (Senate 85-14; House 342-67), to establish a federal definition of marriage and protect the states from being forced to recognize homosexual "marriages" performed elsewhere.
Supreme Court to Consider Redefinition of Marriage - March 26 and 27, less than two weeks away, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider two of the most important cases in U.S. history. How they decide will have a profound impact upon the future of the family in our nation.
On March 26th the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Hollingsworth v. Perry. They will decide whether or not the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the people of the state of California from defining marriage as the· union of a man and a woman and whether those bringing the lawsuit have standing to do so. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled that California's Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that amended the state constitution to restrict marriage to opposite-sex couples, was unconstitutional.
On March 27th, the Court will hear arguments on United States v. Windsor, a lawsuit in which the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court decision that found Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, as it defines the term marriage as "a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife" and spouse as "a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife." The question is whether Section 3 violates the Fifth Amendment's guarantee of equal protection of the laws as applied to persons of the same sex who are legally married under the laws of their State.
The Court could redefine marriage for America, including for a supermajority of states where citizens have already passed constitutional amendments to preserve traditional marriage. The Obama administration intends to testify against states' rights in this matter. If either of these cases is wrongly decided, the consequences for our nation are unthinkable. A March for Marriage is planned in DC on March 26th. FRC is urging pastors to lead "Stand for Marriage" Sundays this week and next (see Sermon, Power Point, and Bulletin Insert on the archive copy, see also Obama Acrobatics, Sprigg).
- May America's pastors and churches pray and rise from their knees to take action during the next two weeks - making their voices heard in support of the institution essential to the survival of our nation - Marriage. May church efforts, the March for Marriage and the Attorneys arguing our side be given God's favor and unction even as they fight for the institution He ordained! (Mt 19:4-6; 2 Sam 23:3-4; Mt 9:6; Eph 5:14; Rev 12:11)
Canada's High Court Holds Biblical Speech a Hate Crime - Historians will refer to the Whatcott Decision when they write of the demise of free speech in Canada. On February 27th the Canadian Supreme Court ruled on Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v. Whatcott. Evangelical Christian William Whatcott was convicted of hate speech for distributing flyers in 2001 and 2002, which used strong biblical language regarding homosexual practices and the homosexual agenda (e.g., "sodomy, sodomite"). The Court ruled: "Not all truthful statements must be free from restriction..." Focusing on Whatcott's defense, "that he loved the sinner but denounced their sin," the Court wrote: "Sexual orientation and sexual behavior can be differentiated for certain purposes... However, in instances where hate speech is directed toward behavior in an effort to mask the true target, the vulnerable group, this distinction should not serve to avoid [the hate-crime code]... Courts have recognized a strong connection between sexual orientation and sexual conduct and where the conduct targeted by speech is a crucial aspect of the identity of a vulnerable group, attacks on this conduct stand as proxy for attacks on the group itself," the court stated. Despite threats, arrests, harassment, a $17,500 fine and hundreds of thousands of dollars in court costs, Whatcott continues to distribute the truth about homosexuality and says he won't quit, whatever the cost (Muzzled; Free Speech Dies, Arrests, Threats, Whatcott won't quit, Impossible, More).
- Pray for believers in Canada, that they will have God's favor as they preach the word, obeying God rather than men. May God's people in America awaken, arise, pray and act to speak biblical truth now, and work to prevent our government from diminishing our constitutional freedoms of religion, free speech and assembly amid a blitzkrieg of pro-homosexual delusion and political correctness (Eze 3:4-11; 17-19; Php 1:7, 17; 1 Tim 3:15; 2 Tim 4:1-4; Rev12:11; Jude 7)
Finally, the Arkansas Legislature voted to override Gov. Mike Beebe's (D) veto of the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act. The law prohibits abortion of infants 12 weeks in gestation who have a detectible heartbeat. Pro-abortion groups vow to fight the law in court (see Where the States Stand). The Boy Scouts of America has distributed a questionnaire to Scout families, asking their views prior to their May National Council meeting and vote on whether to admit homosexual scouts and scoutmasters. FRC is hosting its annual Watchmen on the Wall Pastors Briefing May 22-24. Pray for it and urge your pastor to go! Thank you for praying!