Russell Moore’s Reflections from the Supreme Court Sidewalk

Russell D. Moore
Russell D. Moore

I walked this morning with two of my ERLC colleagues from our office around the corner to the Supreme Court building. The scene there was circus-like. Rainbow flags were waving, as protesters on either side lifted aloft contesting signs. A man screamed through a megaphone about how “God hates queers” right next to men in stiletto heels and nun’s habits. The whole scene drove me to pray, and almost to tears.

I am a conscientious dissenter from the Sexual Revolution. I don’t think the Court should redefine marriage, because I don’t think the Court invented marriage in the first place. The action of finding some illusory Fourteenth Amendment right to same-sex marriage in the Constitution will have deep and wide consequences, for the stability of families and for freedom of religion. I hope the Court does the right thing. Even so, the scene at the Court reminded me that, as important as the legal questions are, there are even more important issues still.

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As I was standing on the sidewalk, the man next to me was painted in garish makeup, wearing a dress. He, too, was talking to a reporter. He and another man in a dress were carrying signs for “Marriage Equality Now.” I overheard him call the reporter “ma’am,” and then quickly apologized. “I don’t mean to make you feel old,” he said. “I was just raised to call everybody ‘sir’ and ‘ma’am.’ I’m from northern Alabama.”

Over this man’s voice was another man, on a megaphone, screaming about how God would delight in sending the “sodomites” to hell. “And don’t expect me to cry for you!” the man with the megaphone bellowed.

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SOURCE: Moore to the Point
Russell Moore is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

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