A society with a history, a culture, and a polity such as ours must continually negotiate between two fatal dangers. The rock on the left is a libertarian individualism that disregards any communal constraints or moral prohibitions that promote the common good; the shoal on the right is a moralistic purity that– too quickly and without humility– sorts society into sharp categories of those who bear the light of godliness, and those whose deviance is bringing about societal decay.
You can be the judge of which– if any– of the following reactions falls into one or the other category. These differing reactions are a fascinating window into the divergent perspectives of Christians in America today: divergence with regard to first principles/fundamental assumptions; with regard to theology; and with regard to conclusions.
Here is the beginning of the report from Religion News Service. Click on the link at the bottom, for the full, fascinating array of reactions to yesterday’s Supreme Court rulings:
“Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so. The preservation of liberty and justice requires that all laws, federal and state, respect the truth, including the truth about marriage.”
– U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
“The enormity of today’s decisions cannot be overstated. The combined impact of these two rulings puts our nation further down the inevitable and proper path towards full marriage equality for the LGBT community. All Americans should rejoice in today’s decisions because they bring us that much closer to fulfilling the promise of our Constitution.”
– Rev. C. Welton Gaddy, president of Interfaith Alliance