October 16, 2004
National Preaching Initiative on Marriage
Thousands of pastors are preaching
weekly sermons on marriage this month. Many
encouraged Christians to attend a Mayday for Marriage Rally on the
Washington Mall October 15 at which Dr. James Dobson, Chuck Colson and
others spoke to hundreds of
Clergy have joined a "National Preaching Initiative"
inspired by Chuck Colson, creator of Prison Fellowship and of the
"Wilberforce Forum" which offers free sermons and research at
Why is this initiative necessary?
Last May by a slim 4-3 margin, the
Massachusetts Supreme Court ordered the Legislature to legalize same sex
marriage. That touched off a drive to define marriage as "one man, one
woman" into both federal and state constitutions.
Louisianans recently voted for such an amendment by a
wide 78-22 percent margin. Yet a judge there has already struck down
the provision as unconstitutional. Two judges in
Washington State also overturned a state ban on same-sex marriage.
Colson argues that "out-of-control" courts are ignoring
the will of the people. "This
movement threatens to permanently damage our society's most basic
institution. That being so, you would expect a huge public outcry.
Unfortunately and surprisingly, that isn't happening."
"Widespread acceptance of same-sex `marriage' will
widen the already existing gap
between parenthood and marriage and continue to break down the family.
like Norway, that adopted same-sex `marriage' saw their rates of
cohabitation and out-of-wedlock births shoot up."
The sermons Colson makes available could help any
pastor. "We are living in a
paganized time," preached R. Albert Mohler, President of The Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary. "Pagans speak of holy things as if they were
lowly, and pagans speak of lowly things as if they were holy....The world
either corrupts sex into the lowest form of human expression or it elevates
sex to the level of worship...
"Today marriage is a flashpoint of cultural confusion.
Americans still marry, many of
them again and again."
Where should Christians look for a holy conversation
about this holy reality? He points
to Genesis 2:18., "It is not good for man to be alone. I will make him a
helper fit for him."
Today, however, only 73 percent of American adults have
ever married, reports a George Barna Poll, and 35 percent of born again
Americans have divorced; nearly a
quarter of whom have two or more divorces. Among all Protestants, 39
percent have divorced, higher than the 38 percent of atheists or agnostics.
Only Catholics have a lower divorce rate of 25 percent.
Father Roger J. Landry, a Catholic priest in Fall
River, MA quotes Jesus in Matthew 19: "In the beginning, God made them male
and female," and adds: "God created the
human person male and female to exist as a communion of persons in love in
such a way that their love would similarly be capable of generating a third
person, a child. In this way, man and woman together would also image
God the Creator, by participating with him in the act of the creation of
another human being."
Rev. John Guest, an Episcopal evangelist, says he asks
couples he marries if they want a great marriage. When they reply, "Yes," he
tells them "If you want a great marriage, since God is the designer of
marriage, you want to do it his way. It all sounds so obvious,
but sexual unfaithfulness in marriage has produced the horrors of a society
in which half
the children in the United States are growing up in single-parent homes."
The tyranny of unelected judges redefining marriage
prompted Pastor Ken Hutcherson, a former pro football player, to organize a
rally in Seattle that drew 20,000. He charged, "If the bride of Christ is
not going to stand up for what God has ordained, we should be
most miserable and ashamed." "Hutch"also called for the Mayday
for Marriage Rally he hopes will attract a million two weeks before the
"We wanted to let everyone know...that the church is
going to be voting. And as a
politician, you better watch what you vote for and how you vote because if
you don't vote right on this issue, we're going to change your view from
your office on Nov. 2."
Most U.S. Senators and 196 Members of Congress did not
support a Marriage Protection Amendment. (To see how your
representatives voted, go to AllianceForMarriage.org )
If some become unelected over this issue, others would
pay attention in 2005.
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