Saturday, August 02, 2008

Protecting Biblical Marriage

Starting today, it is my plan to share several resources with Talk Wisdom readers that are designed to help raise awareness regarding the important need for Christians to protect Biblical marriage. It is my hope that sharing these articles, websites, resources and political action plans will help bring about support for protecting and preserving marriage in California as the union of a man and woman.

First, I would like to encourage you to start with prayer:




Prayer Power

Please commit to pray daily for Prop 8's success in November. Ask for protection from the schemes of the enemy and for God's favor over legal issues, future events and all who will carry the message of protecting His design for marriage. Pray that all financial needs will be met.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)


Second, I would like to add a quote of wisdom from our country's Founders:



Our Founders' Wisdom
If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instruction and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity.

~ Daniel Webster


California Christians - This is not the time to drop the ball and lose heart. We are in the spiritual battle of our lifetime regarding this issue and every effort we take to get fellow believers to the polls in November to vote for Proposition 8 here in California will help us to win this battle.

Excerpt from Concerned Women for America Newsletter:

Pastors Strategize for Tri-State Triumph

A second large-scale conference call supporting marriage amendments connected nearly 3,000 pastors and key leaders at more than 200 sites in three states on July 30. Like California, Arizona and Florida will have constitutional amendments defining marriage on their ballots this November. While the California and Arizona measures need a simple majority to pass, Florida's amendment must garner 60 percent of the vote.

The call included a wide array of local, state and national leaders who discussed challenges, strategies and coming events while exhorting and encouraging pastors to equip, energize and mobilize their churches and communities. Pastor Jack Hibbs (Calvary Chapel Chino Hills) called for pastors to lead the charge to pass Prop 8 saying they are "the conscience of the nation."

Prayer was interspersed throughout the event, acknowledging that this is a spiritual battle. And this is no skirmish that will allow even a few to sit idly by. Chuck Colson reiterated his view that the "battle over marriage is shaping up as the Armageddon of the culture war."

Another conference call will be held on August 27. Please encourage pastors and Christian leaders in your area to sign up for meeting notifications by e-mailing a request to Protect Marriage.com.

Action: This is no time to sit on the sidelines. Get in the game. Please take time right now to visit Protect Marriage.com and sign up to do what you can to help pass Proposition 8. Tell your friends, co-workers, family and neighbors that this is a winnable war, but we must all be engaged. Resources will be available online very soon. Print enough to have at home and in your car. The impact you make through personal contacts far outweighs ads and other media.

Brown's Biased Summary Heads to Court

The celebration over last month's good news that the California Supreme Court had rebuffed attempts by same-sex "marriage" proponents to remove Prop 8 from the November ballot was quickly replaced with consternation when California's Attorney General Jerry Brown suddenly changed the ballot summary wording. The over 1.2 million Californians who signed California Marriage Protection Act petitions agreed to the summary, "Amends the California Constitution to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

Brown's new language states, "Changes California Constitution to eliminate right of same-sex couples to marry. Provides that only a marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California." The summary goes even further, declaring potential losses of sales tax revenue, presumably from halting the new "gay marriage" tourism such as the San Diego Visitors Bureau's new "San Diego Gay to Z" that boasts a "Here Comes the Pride" contest.

Given Attorney General Brown's lackluster defense of marriage before the California Supreme Court and his refusal to support the request to stay the ruling until after the election, his action is not surprising, but Brown's duty is to assign a fair and impartial title and summary for ballot measures. What he has now proposed is clearly prejudicial. Prop 8 proponents have asked the Court to return the summary to its original form. Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee put it this way, "Brown's action faces a legal challenge whose outcome is uncertain, but regardless of how that fares, it's a pretty cynical act. A referee shouldn't misuse the rules of the game to favor one side over the other. If he does, the outcome will carry an asterisk of illegitimacy."

A hearing will be held in early August.

HT: Concerned Women for America

Protect Marriage.com

9 comments:

Publicola said...

We have started a blog specifically to defend traditional marriage in California and to promote the passage of the constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot this November that retains marriage as between a man and a woman.

Please join us at http://calmarriagedefense.blogspot.com/

Kevin said...

Plain and simple--gays and lesbians can get married in California. That is the law. The rewording of the ballot issue (which, although the claim was 1.2 million people signed it, a good 20 to 30% of those signatures were declared invalid) is not prejudicial. It is just stating the fact that if this ballot initiative passes, gays and lesbians will no longer be able to be married. It will take that civil right away.
The new accurate language states the facts about this ballot initiative.

Christinewjc said...

The re-wording is inaccurate because the fact remains that four rogue judges took it upon themselves to both redefine the term "marriage" and, create out of thin air the so-called "right" for gays to "marry."

The ballot measure is there to correct a wrong done by ideologically driven judges who seem to think that their four votes count more than the millions of Californians (61%) who voted FOR Prop. 22 back in 2000.

We will never agree on this issue. The "civil right" you claim would be "taken away" from gays and lesbians should not have been granted in the first place. The ballot measure will serve as a correcting agent to better represent the will of the people on this issue.

~Deb said...

Hi Christine and friends! :)

I just wanted to invite you to our wedding! We're getting married in the state of Massachusetts and thrilled to say that it'll be also recognized when we come back home to New York!

And.....our minister is a born again Christian! :) :) :)

"Man" has forbidden homosexuality due to the premarital sexual aspect of it and has twisted the Scriptures to sound as though two people in a loving union is a sin due to same gender, when they were actually speaking about all premarital sexual activities, especially promiscuity.

It's sad that there are so many "Christians" who focus so deeply on one "thought to be" sin, when there are so many other horrible events, evil doings and "sins" out there to throw their attention to.

But...

Does anyone have the right to throw their attention to it all?

God wants us to live our lives peacefully, minding our own business and enjoying our lot in life.

Which Scripture is that again?

;)

Peace!
+++

Kevin said...

Christine,
As I said on your protect marriage blog, the judicial system is part of our democracy. It was put there to control wrongs that the majority might force on other people (among other things). Just imagine what this country would be like if there was an uncontrollable majority rule? I don't have to point out what kind of problems people would be having if we got rid of the Supreme Court and the State Surpreme Courts.

Hey Deb! Are you sure you don't want to come to California to get married? You can stay at our place.

Christinewjc said...

I have been busy posting links over at my Protect Biblical Marriage blog.

This is a bit off-topic, but if there are any techies out there, I need help figuring out why my new blog isn't displaying the "comment" link at the end of each post.

It did appear at the end of the first two posts, but the latest blog posts do not have the link displayed. I checked all of the appropriate functions in the comment settings, but it hasn't been corrected. Any advice?

Christinewjc said...

Well look who it is! It's been a long time since you have commented here, Deb.

I don't know whether or not you have been following this blog all along or not, but there have been some significant posts and links to other blogs that show what has been happening with the homosexual "marriage" boom is just one big part of predicted end times prophecy events.

There are lots of links I could share. However, if I had to just pick one for you to read, this would be the one.

After you read it, as well as all the comments and corresponding links, I would love to hear your opinion on what is revealed.

You might want to share it with your born again minister, too.

Christinewjc said...

Kevin -

Is it possible for rogue judges to force their minority positions on the public?

Let me make my points by using some of your own words:

[Voting] was put there to control wrongs that the [minority in high places] might force on other people (among other things).

Just imagine what this country would be like if there was an uncontrollable [minority] (e.g. a coup towards dictatorship) rule?


Kevin wrote: "I don't have to point out what kind of problems people would be having if we got rid of the Supreme Court and the State Surpreme Courts."

Who is suggesting that we should "get rid" of the Courts? I would like to get rid of some of the aberrant, liberal judges that unnecessarily wreak havoc upon our nation. Unfortunately, since they are lifetime appointments we have to wait for either death or retirement.

The next president will likely pick 2, maybe 3 judge replacements at the U.S. Supreme Court.

I would trust McCain to select judges who would follow and interpret the Constitution rather than apply their own liberal ideology.

As far as it goes in chosing president, for me, it's absolutely NOBama!

Kevin said...

Christine,

You may not know this, but the the head judge in this state was Republican appointed who traveled to the south when he was young and witnessed discrimination first hand. His decision was based on his experiences in the hatred found in the south. Now that is the kind of Republican who should be running for office.

And you say that the opinion of the judges is the minority opinion. However, the truth of it is that the opinion of the public is firmly against Proposition 8. Now which minority position are we referring to here?

Finally, I'm not seeing 'havok' in our nation. The sun is still out. The breeze is still blowing. No havok here. I'm assuming it is the same where you live...