Prayer Targets: Supreme Court, Fined for Faith, Effort to Silence
April 29, 2015
The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. 2 Samuel 23:3
Dear Praying Friends,
Samuel Adams (1722-1803), whom many historians consider the "Father of the American Revolution," helped organize the Massachusetts Committee of Correspondence, which led to committees in other colonies and ultimately a Continental Congress. Adams' fearless public oratory instigated the Boston Tea Party. A Continental Congressman (1774-1781) and signer of the Declaration, Adams was an ardent follower of Jesus Christ. Addressing the Continental Congress, August 1, 1776, he said:
WE ARE now on this continent, to the astonishment of the world, three millions of souls united in one cause. We have large armies, well-disciplined and appointed, with commanders inferior to none in military skill, and superior in activity and zeal. We are furnished with arsenals and stores beyond our most sanguine expectations, and foreign nations are waiting to crown our success by their alliances. There are instances of, I would say, an almost astonishing Providence in our favor; our success has staggered our enemies, and almost given faith to infidels; so we may truly say it is not our own arm which has saved us.
The hand of Heaven appears to have led us on to be, perhaps, humble instruments and means in the great providential dispensation, which is completing. We have fled from the political Sodom; let us not look back, lest we perish and become a monument of infamy and derision to the world. For can we ever expect more unanimity and a better preparation for defense; more infatuation of counsel among our enemies, and more valor and zeal among ourselves? The same force and resistance, which are sufficient to procure us our liberties will secure us a glorious independence and support us in the dignity of free, imperial states. We cannot suppose that our opposition has made a corrupt and dissipated nation more friendly to America, or created in them a greater respect for the rights of mankind. We can therefore expect a restoration and establishment of our privileges, and a compensation for the injuries we have received, from their want of power, from their fears, and not from their virtues. The unanimity and valor, which will effect an honorable peace, can render a future contest for our liberties unnecessary. He who has strength to chain down the wolf is a madman if he let him loose without drawing his teeth and paring his nails.
We have no other alternative than independence, or the most ignominious and galling servitude. The legions of our enemies thicken on our plains; desolation and death mark their bloody career; whilst the mangled corpses of our countrymen seem to cry out to us as a voice from Heaven.
Our union is now complete; our constitution composed, established, and approved. You are now the guardians of your own liberties. We may justly address you, as the decemviri (those who wrote Roman law) did the Romans, and say: "Nothing that we propose can pass into a law without your consent. Be yourselves, O Americans, the authors of those laws on which your happiness depends."
You have now in the field armies sufficient to repel the whole force of your enemies and their base and mercenary auxiliaries. The hearts of your soldiers beat high with the spirit of freedom; they are animated with the justice of their cause, and while they grasp their swords can look up to Heaven for assistance. Your adversaries are composed of wretches who laugh at the rights of humanity, who turn religion into derision, and would, for higher wages, direct their swords against their leaders or their country. Go on, then, in your generous enterprise, with gratitude to Heaven for past, success, and confidence of it in the future. For my own part, I ask no greater blessing than to share with you the common danger and common glory. If I have a wish dearer to my soul than that... it is that these American States may never cease to be free and independent (Samuel Adams, About the Declaration, August 1, 1776).
Our Nation is in a shocking moral decline. Our Supreme Court is deliberating over whether to declare same-sex "marriage" a Constitutional right. Christians are increasingly being targeted for persecution for remaining true to their Christian Faith. Even the right to express publicly our Biblically informed opinions is being called into question. Each of us ought to observe the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 7 with greater vigor than ever before.
Supreme Court and America's in the Balance - Thanks to all who joined us in prayer and fasting over the past 21 days. Yesterday, the highest court in the land heard arguments from highly skilled lawyers about the most critical case since Roe v. Wade. Roe struck a blow from which we have not recovered. If this case is ruled wrongly, the freedoms of millions of Americans will be put into jeopardy and this will have grave consequences for the future of our nation. (read Dt 8 and Jude: all). The audio of the oral arguments was released at 2 PM, and these prayers are going to press before we have had an opportunity to hear or analyze them. Reportedly in the early arguments, Chief Justice Roberts, as well as Justices Kennedy and Breyer, expressed doubt about changing the definition of marriage.
Roberts: "Every definition that I looked up, prior to about a dozen years ago, defined marriage as unity between a man and a woman as husband and wife. Obviously, if you succeed, that core definition will no longer be operable... My question is you're not seeking to join the institution, you're seeking to change what the institution is. The fundamental core of the institution is the opposite-sex relationship and you want to introduce into it a same-sex relationship."
Kennedy: "One of the problems is when you think about these cases you think about words or cases, and the word that keeps coming back to me in this case is millennia, plus time. First of all, there has not been really time, so the respondents say, for the federal system to engage in this debate ... But still, 10 years is...I don't even know how to count the decimals when we talk about millennia. This definition has been with us for millennia. And it's very difficult for the Court to say, oh, well, we know better."
Breyer: Noted that man-woman marriage "has been the law everywhere for thousands of years among people who were not discriminating even against gay people, and suddenly you want nine people outside the ballot box to require states that don't want to do it to change ... what marriage is to include gay people. Why cannot those states at least wait and see whether in fact doing so in the other states is or is not harmful to marriage?"
Yet later on, Justice Kennedy expressed sympathy for same-sex "couples" and their children (Hear Attorney Paul Linton discuss FRC's Amicus Brief; FRC's Cathy Ruse on SCOTUS; FRC Statement; Justice Quotes; Oral Arguments).
- May God's people continue to cry out to Him! May we yet see miracles of restraint by our Justices and a ruling that upholds God-ordained marriage as between a man and woman! (1 Samuel 3:13; Jas 3:14-18)
Another Christian Fined for Faith - Aaron and Melissa Klein, the small bakery owners charged with "discrimination" for declining to bake a homosexual wedding cake were adjudged guilty by an Oregon Administrative Court Thursday and ordered to pay a $135,000 fine. FRC set up a GoFundMe.com campaign to help them. Within 8 hours the Klein's had received contributions of over $108,000. But homosexual activists persuaded GoFundMe.com to "disable" the Campaign for the Klein's. Fortunately, Franklin Graham of Samaritan's Purse started a New Campaign for the Klein's. Praise God!
- May God awaken the American people and the Supreme Court to see what they would be doing by redefining marriage! (2 Kgs 6:16-22; Mt 19:4-6; Eph 5:11-14)
Effort to Silence Tony Perkins and FRC in the Media - The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and its allies are at it again. Tony was scheduled to appear on CBS Face the Nation on Sunday. But the SPLC and its anti-Christian allies, enraged, went on a campaign to stop CBS from having Tony on the program (see Appeal from the misnomered "Faithful America," to CBS to take Tony Perkins off of Face the Nation), The SPLC featured the appeal on their Facebook page. Friends of FRC alerted us to the fact. CBS's Bob Schieffer began the segment with this, "[W]e have been inundated by people who say we should not even let you appear because in their view, 'you don't speak for Christians.'" Schieffer said "you and your group have been so strong in coming out against gay marriage that the Southern Poverty Law Center has branded the Family Research Council an anti-gay hate group." This is a tiny taste of what Christians who maintain fidelity to the word of God and accurate science will face if the Supreme Court chooses to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples (Hear Gen. Jerry Boykin exhort intercessors, recall assault on FRC; view Face the Nation Video).
- Pray that Christians will maintain a wide platform to proclaim biblical truth and scientific fact, and that sexual activists will be exposed for their dishonest claims (2 Tim 4:2-5; Eph 5:11).
Finally, please pray for the survivors and the families of the injured and those who lost their lives in the Nepal Earthquake; the Americans still imprisoned in Iran, despite the President shameful pact with that Iran's terrorist regime; praise God for a Kentucky Court ruling that a Christian T-shirt printer was within his rights to refuse to print T-Shirts with a pro-"gay pride" message. Join us in praying over the violence in Baltimore, that it will come to a peaceful end and that those who agitated this violent disturbance will be brought to justice. As always, thank you for praying!