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FIRST-PERSON: Unless we say no

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–If a handful of activist judges have their way, same-sex “marriage” will become the law of the land in the very near future.

The sequence of events that has led to the promotion of this misguided and dangerous social experiment is not happenstance; it is the result of a carefully planned, long-term strategy by homosexual activists. And it will be forced upon us unless the citizens of the United States stand up and say no.

And the way you spell no is a Federal Marriage Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Don’t let them tell you that just because you are a Christian you don’t have a right to get involved in this debate. God ordained civil government. We are to be obedient for conscience’s sake in a participatory republic like the United States. That means we have more than a right; we have an obligation to get involved in the public policy process.

Unless Southern Baptists and other people of faith want to see a judicially decreed, same-sex “marriage” hegemony imposed on our nation, they must translate their outrage, conviction and concern into phone calls to their senators, congressmen and the president.

With the lukewarm support the amendment is currently getting, it is evident that not enough U.S. senators feel the heat. Unless Washington senses the pressure from a groundswell of protest, they won’t see the light, and marriage, as we have known it in America, will be further imperiled.

Jesus commanded us to be the salt of the earth and light of the world, but in order to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world, we have to take our faith-driven perspectives out into society.

Same-sex “marriage” will not expand the definition of marriage as some selfishly contend. There is no question but that it will shatter the institution of marriage as we know it and God intended it.
Richard Land is president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

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  • Richard Land

    Richard Land, D. Phil, is the Executive Editor of the Christian Post, having previously served as president of the ERLC (1988-2013) and president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (2013-2021). He also serves as the chairman of the advisory board at the Land Center for Cultural Engagement at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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