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News for Thursday, February 20, 2014

Opinion — Reflections
Is It Too Late to Stop the Oncoming Train?
By Lonnie Wilkey
editor, Baptist and Reflector

The train has left Washington, D.C. and is heading full steam across the country.

On Feb. 10, the United States Justice Department (through a memorandum issued by Attorney General Eric Holder) initiated its new, wide range of policies that support same-sex marriages even in states (including Tennessee) where such unions are illegal.

While people of the same sex still cannot be married in Tennessee, their marriages in other states must be fully recognized, according to a Baptist Press news release on Feb. 11.

Barrett Duke, vice president for public policy for the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told Baptist Press that “despite the Supreme Court’s assertion that marriage is an issue best dealt with by the states, the department of justice has made it harder for the states to independently regulate marriage within their borders.” He also added that the justice department’s decision “is going to increase the determination of activists to force states to adopt unbiblical views of marriage.”

In other words, a distinct minority in our country may eventually redefine marriage as we know it.

The train is moving down the track and it is going to be hard to stop. Homosexual activists will not give up until they get our law changed so homosexuals can legally marry in our state.

But, I believe in a God who can stop that train if He so chooses. Nothing is impossible for Him.

Christians must pray that legislators will not succumb to the mounting pressure they will face. We need to contact our legislators and encourage them to continue to uphold traditional marriage in the Volunteer State.

Some might ask what difference does it make if same-sex couples are allowed to marry or not when marriages from other states will be recognized regardless.

The difference is that Christians in Tennessee need to make it known that regardless of what lawmakers in Washington, D.C. say, we believe marriage is between one man and one woman.

We have to stand up and fight this battle hard or God will hold us accountable for what we did or didn’t do. If Christians (regardless of denomination) roll over and let a small minority define marriage in Tennessee, then we deserve whatever happens down the road.

Barrett Duke, too, believes that Christians and churches must respond as never before. He told Baptist Press: “Churches must be vigilant in teaching a biblical view of marriage to their members and helping their communities understand why God’s design for marriage matters to children and society.”

Amen. Tennessee Baptists, let’s do our part to help bring the train that is gaining momentum each day to a screeching halt. Pray as never before. 

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