A View of the SCOTUS Ruling

Note: This article has appeared in the Cleveland Banner and the Baptist & Reflector. Dalton King is an 18-year-old member of Michigan Avenue Baptist Church in Cleveland and a summer missionary with Ocoee Outreach of Bradley Baptist Association, based in Cleveland. He will be a freshman at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, this fall.

Friday, June 26, 2015, was a day to remember.

On that day the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. This was a landmark decision in American history and has established a new civil right.

After this decision, many Christians fired back. Some with hate, some with concern, some with a call to other believers to stand firm in their beliefs but to love anyway. Over the past few years, same-sex marriage has been a hot topic; a topic that has divided Democrats and Republicans, believers and non-believers, even believers and believers. Some look to the Bible for authority on the issue, some to the Constitution. Some want to honor and obey God's Word and creation (which obviously supports unity between a man and a woman). Some want to ensure the happiness of others over all.

Whatever stance you have, I ask that you respect and love others. If you support this ruling and the "#LoveWins" hashtag, just love. Don't devalue others' beliefs the same way people have devalued your support of same-sex marriage. If you oppose this ruling, refrain from hate. Remain in love.

How can we support the Word of God, a word that promotes love, grace, and hope by disrespecting others because of their sin? That's not biblical just as much as homosexuality is not biblical.