Saturday, August 2, 2008

Protecting Biblical Marriage

Starting today, it is my plan to share several resources with Talk Wisdom readers that are designed to help raise awareness regarding the important need for Christians to protect Biblical marriage. It is my hope that sharing these articles, websites, resources and political action plans will help bring about support for protecting and preserving marriage in California as the union of a man and woman.

First, I would like to encourage you to start with prayer:

Prayer Power

Please commit to pray daily for Prop 8's success in November. Ask for protection from the schemes of the enemy and for God's favor over legal issues, future events and all who will carry the message of protecting His design for marriage. Pray that all financial needs will be met.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

Second, I would like to add a quote of wisdom from our country's Founders:

Our Founders' Wisdom
If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instruction and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.

~ Daniel Webster

California Christians - This is not the time to drop the ball and lose heart. We are in the spiritual battle of our lifetime regarding this issue and every effort we take to get fellow believers to the polls in November to vote for Proposition 8 here in California will help us to win this battle.

Excerpt from Concerned Women for America Newsletter:

Pastors Strategize for Tri-State Triumph

A second large-scale conference call supporting marriage amendments connected nearly 3,000 pastors and key leaders at more than 200 sites in three states on July 30. Like California, Arizona and Florida will have constitutional amendments defining marriage on their ballots this November. While the California and Arizona measures need a simple majority to pass, Florida's amendment must garner 60 percent of the vote.

The call included a wide array of local, state and national leaders who discussed challenges, strategies and coming events while exhorting and encouraging pastors to equip, energize and mobilize their churches and communities. Pastor Jack Hibbs (Calvary Chapel Chino Hills) called for pastors to lead the charge to pass Prop 8 saying they are "the conscience of the nation."

Prayer was interspersed throughout the event, acknowledging that this is a spiritual battle. And this is no skirmish that will allow even a few to sit idly by. Chuck Colson reiterated his view that the "battle over marriage is shaping up as the Armageddon of the culture war."

Another conference call will be held on August 27. Please encourage pastors and Christian leaders in your area to sign up for meeting notifications by e-mailing a request to Protect

Action: This is no time to sit on the sidelines. Get in the game. Please take time right now to visit Protect and sign up to do what you can to help pass Proposition 8. Tell your friends, co-workers, family and neighbors that this is a winnable war, but we must all be engaged. Resources will be available online very soon. Print enough to have at home and in your car. The impact you make through personal contacts far outweighs ads and other media.

Brown's Biased Summary Heads to Court

The celebration over last month's good news that the California Supreme Court had rebuffed attempts by same-sex "marriage" proponents to remove Prop 8 from the November ballot was quickly replaced with consternation when California's Attorney General Jerry Brown suddenly changed the ballot summary wording. The over 1.2 million Californians who signed California Marriage Protection Act petitions agreed to the summary, "Amends the California Constitution to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

Brown's new language states, "Changes California Constitution to eliminate right of same-sex couples to marry. Provides that only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." The summary goes even further, declaring potential losses of sales tax revenue, presumably from halting the new "gay marriage" tourism such as the San Diego Visitors Bureau's new "San Diego Gay to Z" that boasts a "Here Comes the Pride" contest.

Given Attorney General Brown's lackluster defense of marriage before the California Supreme Court and his refusal to support the request to stay the ruling until after the election, his action is not surprising, but Brown's duty is to assign a fair and impartial title and summary for ballot measures. What he has now proposed is clearly prejudicial. Prop 8 proponents have asked the Court to return the summary to its original form. Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee put it this way, "Brown's action faces a legal challenge whose outcome is uncertain, but regardless of how that fares, it's a pretty cynical act. A referee shouldn't misuse the rules of the game to favor one side over the other. If he does, the outcome will carry an asterisk of illegitimacy."

A hearing will be held in early August.

HT: Concerned Women for America



Kevin said...

Why should your religion, which is clearly a choice, be forced on people who don't believe the same thing as you? Do you think we live in a religious police state? I wonder how you would feel if another major religion like Buddhism was able to gather enough signatures to make meat-eating unconstitutional? Would you be persecuted by that? Or would you accept the will of the people? I already know the answer.

It seems to me that if people support this, they better be prepared to see similar ballot issues that will force other beliefs on the rest of the population.

Christinewjc said...

It's not just my "religion" at stake Kevin, there is opposition to the redefining of the term marriage by people of other faiths (including, Jewish and Muslim). There is also opposition by people of no faith (atheist, agnostic, skeptics etc.). There is also opposition by some homosexuals! But, of course, their views do not walk lock step with the gay activists so people are not informed about such opposition (except when Tammy Bruce appears on Fox News).

The reason that people have been forced to make it a constitutional ballot issue is precisely because rogue judges took it upon themselves to create "gay" marriage out of thin air. Four rogue judges vs. three judge dissenters shows only a one judge margin between changing the meaning of a God-given sacrament to people who do not qualify under that time-honored, thousands of years definition. Four judges "votes" certainly does not equal the millions of votes cast FOR proposition 22 in 2000 where the PEOPLE decided that marriage should be legal and recognized only as the union between one man and one woman.

We are taking action to correct a wrong decision that was made by judges who put their ideology before the will of the people.