By Sam Eyoboka with Agency reports
Evangelicals have faulted the United States (US) Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage across the US in a 5-4 vote. The historic ruling, which, on Friday, overturned same-sex marriage bans in 13 states, came as a concern to many Christians, who believe marriage should be reserved for one man and one woman.
The ruling changed American history forever.
Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, urged Christians not to panic. In a blog published on The Washington Post website, Moore wrote: “The Supreme Court can do many things, but the Supreme Court cannot get Jesus back in that tomb. Jesus of Nazareth is still alive. He is still calling the universe toward his kingdom.”
Continuing, Moore said: “The church will need in the years ahead to articulate what we believe about marriage; we cannot assume that people agree with us, or even understand us. Let’s not simply talk about marriage in terms of values or culture or human flourishing. Let’s talk about marriage the way Jesus and the apostles taught us to — as bound up with the gospel itself, a picture of the union of Christ and his church (Eph. 5:32).”
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse President, Franklin Graham, said the Supreme Court does not have the authorities to redefine marriage.
“With all due respect to the court, it did not define marriage, and therefore is not entitled to re-define it,” Graham wrote on his Facebook page.
“Long before our government came into existence, marriage was created by the One who created man and woman—Almighty God—and His decisions are not subject to review or revision by any manmade court. God is clear about the definition of marriage in His Holy Word:’Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh’ (Genesis 2:24),” Graham said.