Today's SCOTUS ruling enacted a tectonic shift in American culture. Some have called it the biggest decision since Dred Scott. I personally would say that it is the biggest since Roe v. Wade. It at least is on par with it in terms of how vile it is.
I hope for bravery among the people of Ashland. First, among our civil leaders. This will be the first place we are tested. Homosexuals will first seek their marriage licenses and go to the justice of the peace to have their wickedness confirmed.
Those holding public office must be willing to uphold righteousness and refuse their requests. Our civil magistrates are not "yes men" for the whims of federal or state officials. They are under no obligation to bow, but rather ought to recognize that they have been placed in their positions by God to protect its citizenry and maintain God's good order.
To this end, I recommend the excellent book "The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates." It details the biblical mandate for "lesser magistrates" (i.e. city & state officials) to stand against the tyrannies of those over them.
God has endowed our mayor, city council, and judges with authority, and He calls them to use their authority for good (and for reformation) now that the federal leaders have abused their powers.
But I also hope for courage among the city's pastors and elders. Now, more than perhaps any other time, men of God will need to demonstrate zeal for Christ's law and not give in to the laws or pressures of men.
In the words of the apostle, "We must obey God rather than man."
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