Jun 29, 2015

'God is still on His throne'

David Cloud doesn't think Christians should be upset by the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage.

This doesn't mean he approves of the decision.

From Cloud's perspective, the Supreme Court was "shaking its puny fist at God" when it ruled last week that gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marriage. But this shouldn't be upsetting to those who believe the Bible, Cloud says.

"This type of thing only reminds the true child of God that he is a pilgrim in a strange land," writes Cloud, a fundamentalist Baptist who runs a small publishing company in Port Huron, Mich. "We claim to believe God's promises. Let's act like it in the face of adversity and not be a people who wring their hands at the mere thought of trouble and what might come."

In the days after this landmark Supreme Court decision, many conservative evangelical Christians expressed discouragement and frustration. Some said they feared for the United States. On this major issue, the religious right has suffered a serious loss.

Other evangelicals, the minority who support gay rights and marriage equality, celebrated the decision.

Evangelicals make up about a quarter of Americans. Like the country as a whole, they are divided over same-sex marriage. Opinions have notably shifted in recent years and reactions to the ruling are predictably divided. As the headline of one Iowa newspaper put it, "Ruling brings celebrations, sadness." What is true for Iowa is true for evangelicals, too.

Many evangelicals, however, want to pursue a third option besides celebration or sadness.

Read the full essay at the Washington Post: Why a lot of evangelicals aren't actually that upset about the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision