The leader of an organization of African-American pastors said in an interview with Newsmax that Christians must oppose the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling through civil disobedience because “you do something to get arrested to call attention to the injustice.”
Reverend Bill Owens, president of the Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP) explained:
“I was in the civil rights movement, so I know how to do it. When we sat at the counters at restaurants, we knew we were going to be arrested. You do things to get arrested, to call attention to it.
“So many people were silent. The church people were absolutely silent on this issue. A few leaders spoke out, but the masses of the church people were silent.”
When asked why people were unwilling to speak against President Barack Obama when he came out for gay marriage in 2012, Owens responded:
“The whites didn’t want to come out against Obama since he endorsed it so strongly and they didn’t want to be called bigots – and the blacks didn’t want to say they were betraying a black man. I came out very powerfully against Mr. Obama when he stood for same-sex marriage.”
We agree that Christians need to stand up for Judeo-Christian values and oppose this latest miscarriage of justice. However, will enough Christians be willing to take a public (and politically unpopular) stance – and risk ridicule and/or arrest? If so, how many years of civil disobedience will it take to reverse the tide of immorality in America over the past few decades?
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