CLOSING HYMN # 496 LSB "Holy Spirit, Light Divine" Holy Spirit, light divine,Shine upon this heart of mine;Chase the shades of night away,Turn the darkness into day.
Let me see my Savior's face,Let me all His beauties trace;Show those glorious truths to meWhich are only known to Thee.
Holy Spirit, pow'r divine,Cleanse this guilty heart of mine;In Thy mercy pity me,From sin's bondage set me free.
Holy Spirit, joy divine,Cheer this saddened heart of mine;Yield a sacred, settled peace,Let it grow and still increase.
Holy Spirit, all divine,Dwell within this heart of mine;Cast down ev'ry idol throne,Reign supreme, and reign alone
Synod President Responds to SCOTUS Same-sex Marriage Ruling June 2015
A one-person majority of the U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong - again. Some 40 years ago, a similarly activist court legalized the killing of children in the womb. That decision has to date left a wake of some 55 million Americans dead. Today, the Court has imposed same-sex marriage upon the whole nation in a similar fashion. Five justices cannot determine natural or divine law. Now shall come the time of testing for Christians faithful to the Scriptures and the divine institution of marriage (Matthew 19:3-6), and indeed, a time of testing much more intense than what followed Roe v. Wade.
Like Roe v. Wade, this decision will be followed by a rash of lawsuits. Through coercive litigation, governments and popular culture continue to make the central post-modern value of sexual freedom override "the free exercise of religion" enshrined in the Bill of Rights.
The ramifications of this decision are seismic. Proponents will seek to drive Christians and Christian institutions out of education at all levels; they will press laws to force faithful Christian institutions and individuals to violate consciences in work practices and myriad other ways. We will have much more to say about this. (read more)