What’s the worst that can happen to me? What then?
This is at least an interesting, and for some an unsettling, weekend to celebrate America. Nine days ago the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) gave same gender couples equal access to the legal right to marry, a decision that divides Americans, even American Christians, down the middle. As someone who has opposed and still disagrees with that decision, I nevertheless found myself (along with my wife Linda and Pastor Lori) among those who celebrated it at the General Synod of the United Church of Christ last weekend. Ten years ago, on July 4, 1995, the UCC was the first Protestant church in America to formally advocate for “marriage equality.”
For many people, the SCOTUS decision represents a landmark ruling for freedom, the freedom to be who you are, the freedom to live choose your sexual and religious expression. For others, this decision isn’t about freedom at all. It’s about the loss of morals and the breakdown of the family. And for some, it’s about the loss, or at least the potential loss of religious freedom. A Barna Institute poll released after the SCOTUS decision revealed that 56% of all Americans and 93% of evangelical Christians are concerned about the loss of religious freedom after the Supreme Court ruling. Read more »