The United States Supreme Court has been busy of late.  In a recent decision, they upheld Obamacare once more for the second time in the last three years.  In another decision, that same week, five justices redefined the definition of marriage by saying same-sex marriage must be recognized in all fifty states.

In his dissenting opinion, on the 5 – 4 gay marriage ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts charged that the court had no right to intervene in what should be a democratic debate by the people, at the state level, over same-sex marriage.

“This court is not a legislature.” He wrote.  “Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea or not should be of no concern to us.  Under the Constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it should be.”

As for the state’s role, Roberts said: “The fundamental right to marry does not include a right to make a State change its definition of marriage.”  The Chief Justice added: “Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law.  Stealing this issue from the people will for many cast a cloud over same-sex marriage, making a dramatic social change that’s much more difficult to accept.”

Samuel Alito, in his dissent wrote:  “The decision will also have other important consequences.  It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.  Today’s decision shows that decades of attempts to restrain this Court’s abuse of its authority have failed.”

In this ruling, the high court has created a troubling paradox for many Christians.

The President of the Southern Baptist convention, one of the largest denominations in America, has instructed its members, some 16 million, to engage in civil disobedience in regard to the ruling.  He, in essence, said man-made law will never trump God’s directives concerning the sacred unity of a man and woman in holy matrimony.  He also warned that the ACLU and other such organizations will no doubt target those who stand in resistance to the edict the high court has handed down.

It’s worth noting that not a single state that put the definition of marriage on the ballot has had the majority of their citizens vote that it should be same sex.  The states that have recognized same-sex marriage were directed to do so.  A case in point was the state of California.  A ballot initiative was voted upon by its citizens which asked should marriage be defined as between one man and one woman – an overwhelming majority said yes.  However, a judge shredded the will of the people and overturned the results with the stroke of a pen.

The Supreme Court could well have opened a Pandora’s box for the definition of marriage will be bartered upon in the future.

Where do you draw the line?  In England, a woman recently married her two male cats.  In Thailand three men married themselves, a world record they claimed.

There’s a movement now on to ban the Confederate flag.   America was embroiled in a Civil War in the 1860s and it all started with civil disobedience.

President Obama has waged war on coal, his words, not mine, and senior citizens like my relatives are paying the price.

Lyndon Johnson waged war on poverty, but despite the trillions of dollars spent on the effort over the past 50 years the poverty rate remains the same.  The consequences of LBJ’s actions have decimated the very fabric of American society.  In the 1960s, black families consisted of a man and a woman 77% of the time.  Today that figure has fallen to 25%.  One could conclude government has redefined what a family is in the African American community.

Again, government has decided to invoke a counterintuitive definition of what a family should be and in essence has said: “God … You got it wrong.”

The White House is now adorned in the Technicolor illuminations of the rainbow in celebration of gay pride.  I said America was in trouble in 2008 and then again in 2012, but if Barack Obama continues on his quest to fundamentally transform America into something unrecognizable there will no doubt continue to be civil disobedience and proverbial Civil War raging in the hearts and minds of many against a government gone too far.

Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, was published bi-monthly from 2009 to 2017.  He’s an author, a former nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder of the Spirit Ministries in Jamestown, Indiana.  He can be reached at

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