At the meeting of the Regional Executive Directors in Denver on June 29th, 2015, Dr. David Whitaker led the board in a discussion of the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. The following was adapted from an earlier statement created by Dr. Whitaker and is the board’s official response to that decision –
Recently, the Supreme Court, by a ruling of 5-4, declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right, making it the law of the land. Although this decision will not change our view of marriage, it will have significant implications in how we affirm and live as the “Church” in the midst of ever changing cultural values.
We are grieved, but grateful that we do not need to fear. God is not surprised. In fact, He has privileged us to be here, in this moment, at this time, to be His Church to a world who does not know Him. The mission of the Church is not to change the culture, but rather, just as we have been reconciled to God, we have been given the “ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:18-21)
We have experienced that gospel-provided reconciliation and have been given a gospel purpose and responsibility to respond to our world as our Savior did, who was “full of grace and truth.” We are called to love…as we have been loved. We are called to kindness…as our heavenly Father has shown us incredible kindness. We are called to generosity in our grace…as the Father’s grace has been lavished on us. We are called to stand upon and speak for God’s truth…and to do so with conviction, “speaking the truth in love.”