As we all continue to grapple with the effects of bloated government and watch its actions occur in spite of and outside the jurisdiction of the Constitution's original intent, many of us are filled with unrest as we lose trust in our government's ability to govern.
In anticipation of the Supreme Court's rulings in the Prop. 8 and DOMA cases, Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant church leaders -- collectively representing tens of millions of Christians -- are coming together to make clear the Supreme Court's limited authority:
"Redefining the very institution of marriage is improper and outside the authority of the State. The Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage."
These church leaders -- in a statement recently released -- are warning the Supreme Court that they will be jeopardizing their legitimacy should they attempt to misuse their power to redefine marriage:
"If the Supreme Court were to issue a decision that redefined marriage or provided a precedent on which to build an argument to redefine marriage, the Supreme Court will thereby undermine its legitimacy. The Court will significantly decrease its credibility and impair the role it has assumed for itself as a moral authority. It will be acting beyond its proper constitutional role and contrary to the Natural Moral Law which transcends religions, culture, and time."
Amen. Something good seems to be emerging out of the bad. The church is laying aside years of division and conflict over differences in doctrinal belief and practice to recognize the need to stand together against government authorities who attempt to usurp God's authority.
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