Matthew 7:24 “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock”
Psalm 119:60 “I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments”
Dissenting opinions in June’s Obergefell v. Hodges recognize the erosion of religious liberty by the majority decision. Justice Thomas wrote the following:
“The majority appears unmoved by that inevitability. It makes only a weak gesture toward religious liberty in a single paragraph. And even that gesture indicates a misunderstanding of religious liberty in our Nation’s tradition. Religious liberty is about more than just the protection for “religious organizations and persons . . . as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths.” Religious liberty is about freedom of action in matters of religion generally, and the scope of that liberty is directly correlated to the civil restraints placed upon religious practice.”
Justice Thomas goes on to say that the majority decision has “potentially ruinous consequences for religious liberty.” Furthermore, Chief Justice Roberts wrote: “the First Amendment guarantees, however, the freedom to ‘exercise’ religion. Ominously, that is not a word the majority uses.” Ominously indeed! Four months removed from this decision we see these warnings sprouting into reality around us. There already have been ruinous consequences for religious liberty.
We are to make haste in keeping God’s commandments and putting them into action. We are to make haste in being hearers AND doers. We are to do so now, before these rights erode away. We are to do so later, regardless of whether these rights remain. We are to do so because our responsibilities to God are unchanged by Supreme Court rulings.
PLEASE PRAY THAT AMERICAN CHRISTIANS WOULD MAKE HASTE TO ACT ON GOD’S COMMANDMENTS. When we hear and do God’s will we are building our lives on a solid foundation that can withstand the erosive forces of an increasingly godless culture. We must make haste in doing so!