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Proposition 8 to be Heard Today

May I call you to pray with us in this hour? Today, the Supreme Court of CA will hear arguments against Prop. 8 (the ‘gay marriage’ ban that CA voters passed in Nov. last year), and why once more the will of the people should be overturned in favor of ‘gay marriage’.

Gratefully, the Prop. 8 people have put together a sound and smart defense, founded on the best of Judeo-Christian principles. I love these folks! They have refused to bash gays and have simply and virtuously upheld marriage for what it is. Pray for their clarity and objectivity, as they have already endured ceaseless slander. If you heard Sean Penn’s diatribe at the Academy Awards when he exhorted us ‘to anticipate our great shame and the shame of our grandchildren’ for upholding marriage, you glimpsed what CA’s intelligentsia is flinging at marriage supporters.

This is an occasion to endure such attack peacefully, and to continue in love to uphold the truth of marriage. To their great credit, the Prop. 8 people have done just that.

Today, the Supreme Court will hear a petition filed by three legal groups asking the Court to invalidate Prop. 8 on the grounds that voters did not have the authority to make such a change. The petition argues that Prop. 8 revised, rather than amended the Constitution, and therefore first should have been submitted to the state legislature. A weak case. The Prop. 8 team will counter these arguments on behalf of all of us who love marriage.

The opposition is grasping at straws. Still, we know that the CA Court already favors ‘gay marriage.’ Last year, the Court overturned the first law defining marriage as solely heterosexual that CA voters passed in 2000. The Court then legalized ‘gay marriage’, which provoked the creation and passage of Prop. 8. Pray that in spite of their views, the Court Justices will uphold Prop. 8, the measure that the Court allowed on the ballot last November. Pray that real justice will prevail in CA by the Court upholding the people’s will.

A big question: what happens to the thousands of gay couples that ‘married’ between last June and the passage of Prop. 8? Though I sympathize with those caught in the legal crossfire, the Court has only itself to blame. Foreseeing the dilemma, Prop. 8 organizers requested last June that the Court wait to marry gays until the people voted. The Court refused to wait. Pray that all state courts will learn from the mess that the CA Court has made of this, and that the Court will act wisely and justly this time in light of all concerned.

On behalf of generations yet-to-come, let us support marriage by praying for the Prop. 8 team as they defend our case on Thursday. The Court then will deliberate and make a decision at a yet-to-be determined time. Please make prayer for marriage a part of your Lenten offering, as we are at Desert Stream.

We do so for our grandchildren’s dignity and clarity (in contrast to their shame).

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Humbled by Victory

After a sleepless night, I can say with joy and relief: ‘gay marriage’ is no longer in CA.The people arose and went to the polls. They took back marriage from the Supreme Court and rightly defined it as one man pledged to one woman. For the sake of kids. For the good of all.

By a slim 4-point margin, the citizens of CA turned San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and an activist court on its ear. Now marriage as heterosexual is written in stone into the CA state constitution.

Thank you for your prayers. God roused His people to honor and defend what He loves.

The righteous in CA—both Christians and God-fearers—acted. And persevered. They endured vandalism—Prop. 8 signs and bumper-stickers were torn down throughout the campaign, political trickery—CA’s Attorney General deliberately worded Prop. 8 in a confusing and negative manner, and shame—opponents of Prop. 8 ridiculed those who honor marriage as racist, intolerant and hateful.

The good endured. The true image of God in humanity is honored. God is honored. “Just as there is a momentum to evil, so there is a momentum to repentance…”

And He is to be praised for hearing our prayers. I have cried out for this victory along with you since the Supreme Court decision last May. Yesterday, anxious in prayer, the Lord reminded me of this Word He gave me through my friend and associate Dean:

“Do not be anxious or discouraged because of this vast army. The battle is not yours, but Mine. Take up your positions, stand firm, and you will see the deliverance that I have given you. Do not fear or be discouraged, for I am with you.” (2Chron. 20: 16, 17)

He delivered CA from delusion, and the judgment it invites. He will have mercy! The people have acted justly and honored God’s image.

This is only the beginning. CA’s honoring of marriage must signal a further awakening of the church everywhere to arise in Christ, the true image, and live out what she preaches.

That means cherishing that image in one another, and making every effort to restore that image in its broken members.

That means taking the mercy of Jesus out beyond her walls to those bound by same-sex attraction. We have already given gays what they need: the clear witness of God’s intent for humanity in marriage. Now let’s love them into the Kingdom.

And we need to empower the nations who sooner than later will face the same decision that CA did concerning the true definition of marriage.

We must mobilize now to help them before sneaky courts or legislatures subject its citizens to ‘gay marriage.’

CA has spoken loudly to the world: Let the people decide how marriage will be defined. Thank God for democracy! By His grace, and though the power of truth tempered and channeled in prayer, let the people who honor God honor marriage everywhere.

Bless you dear friends for standing with us throughout these forty days. Together, we have honored marriage for the good of all.

“Delight yourself in the lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to Him; trust in Him, and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” (PS 37:4-6)

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Nature Revolts: Consequences of Gay Marriage

“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”  (Pr. 14:34)

‘Gay marriage’ is serious business. More than protecting gays from cruel and unusual punishment, it celebrates them. It is the ultimate expression of normalizing homosexuality in any culture. In so doing, ‘gay marriage’ breaks natural boundaries.

That breakdown is costly for any culture that upholds ‘gay marriage’.

I am conservative in ascribing ‘judgment’ to any land due to its poor political decisions. But one thing I know. There is a consequence to sin. It does not go well for any land that shakes its fist at the Creator. Simply put, creation revolts. The moral ozone layer breaks down and affords little protection to the created.

I shuddered at the video clip of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom as he strutted around City Hall after the Supreme Court decision last May. (He was the man who orchestrated ‘gay marriage’ in CA—by marrying gays illegally in Feb. 2003, several of whom in turn went before the liberal CA Supreme Court in May 2008.) Newsom orchestrated the whole thing. That is his boast. He announced with supreme arrogance that his ‘gay marriage’ victory in CA was unstoppable—that it would go throughout the world.

My spirit trembled as I thought of the consequences of this ‘victory’ upon CA. I considered her offering to the world thus far—the exports of Hollywood and the sexual ‘diversity’ of San Francisco. These two great port cities have celebrated and mass-produced images of perversion that have permeated the earth. And seduced it. I recall my friend Greg commented on the profound impact ‘Brokeback Mountain ‘ had on his country, Indonesia; in its western romanticism, the film seduced the nation and broke its natural boundaries.

Surely CA has already foreshadowed in part what John the Apostle describes in Rev. 17 as the Prostitute Queen of Babylon from whom “all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The Kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries…In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit as a queen; I am not a widow, and I will never mourn…” (Rev. 17:3, 7)

Oblivious to her adulteries, the breaking of natural boundaries, California risks the consequences. Isaiah warns in Ch. 30: “Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the Lord, “to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance but not by My Spirit, heaping sin upon sin” (v.1)…

“This sin will become for you like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly, in an instant. It will break in pieces like pottery, shattering so mercilessly that among its pieces not a fragment will be found for taking coals from the hearth or scooping water out of a cistern.” (vs. 13, 14)

I believe that creation is already warning CA. A friend of mine who works for the Department of Public Works in San Francisco described what happened to the city during Newsom’s first round of same-sex weddings in Feb. 2003:

“About one hour or so after the ceremonies started, a storm of major proportions arose unexpectedly. We had an enormous amount of rainfall, so much so that the sewer system failed. Manhole covers were shot into the air by 6-foot water spouts, and there was major flooding. Trees, power-lines, property and infrastructure sustained major damage by the storm that dumped rain at about one-foot an hour.”

More seriously, just a week or so after the Supreme Court decision last May, “the single largest fire event in CA history” (NY Times) was initiated by a flurry of lightning bolts that struck CA wilderness just inland from San Francisco. The fire raged uncontained throughout the summer.

Today all eyes are on CA. Will she restrain herself in this hour? Will the righteous in the land arise and curb her excesses? I tremble as I consider the global impact CA’s ‘gay marriage’ decision will have. I tremble even further as I consider the possible destruction she could incur for her strutting about on the world stage like Gavin Newsom. Like a Prostitute Queen.

Honor marriage for the good of all. Vote YES on Proposition 8.

“O God have mercy on this land You love. Rouse the saints in this hour, O God. Honor the repentance of those who know what is being loosed in the state. Open our eyes to her global influence, to what is being exported throughout the world! May the blood not be on our hands! Honor our turning back to You on behalf of CA. Cancel the blight of ‘gay marriage’ in this land. In wrath, remember mercy.”

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Marriage Disciplines the Greed of the Gay Community

Gay activists are relentless in their push for full embrace in the culture. And ‘gay marriage’ is the prize for attaining ‘normal.’

Throughout my adult life in ministry to the homosexual, I have witnessed the evolution of this relentless drive. What began in the seventies as mild anti-discrimination laws protecting gays has become in the 21st century a radical insistence: we want full rights and privileges on par with heterosexuals. In other words, we want marriage and family.

At denominational conventions, city hall and school board meetings, on college campuses, in churches, at our conferences, I have witnessed the drive of gay activists toward full inclusion. Somehow, someone‘s decision to pursue a particular course of sexual identification and pleasure becomes the obligation of society to bless it.

Today, we are doing just that. We confirm gays as if that tag were the highest and truest expression of his/her humanity. We codify their demands, put them on the books as constitutional rights. We coddle them, as if they were needy, noisy children whom we appease just so they would not make another scene.

I see this time and time again in families. One member leaves home then returns with a special friend, maybe a child via adoption, etc. The shocked family flinches at first then over time stops flinching. To avoid another round of conflict, the family changes. The essentially selfish and immoral member wins by virtue of self-insinuation.

That is exactly how I feel about the gay marriage issue. I did not choose this battle. Marriage had been squarely defined as heterosexual in CA. Gay activists pushed until their appointment with the Supreme Court. Like foolish, codependent parents, the Court appeased the greedy children that they are.

So now we fight. And we should. To give gays marriage is to give the addict another fix. It will not satisfy their demand for ‘normal.’ It cannot. External measures cannot resolve their internal conflict between design and desire, as we have seen.

Budziszewski writes: “To remove the sting of guilt, we entomb it until it seems beautiful to us. Every movement to excuse a moral wrong becomes a movement to condone it, and every movement to condone a moral wrong becomes a movement to extend it.”

Stop the greed of gay activists. Do not reinforce their corporate immaturity. Do not cede marriage to them! Restrain ‘the greed, which is idolatry.’ (Eph.5:5) To allow ‘gay marriage’ to remain the law of the land is to allow a virulent strain of immoral greed to flourish in the land. Honor Marriage for the good of all. Vote YES on Proposition 8.

“Father, we ask for the grace to fight the greed of gay activists. Give us the clear seeing that to merely concede to their demands is foolish and unloving. For all.”

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