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4 reasons why we're asking you to #PrayForMarriage

Apr 23, 2015

If we could rewind the clock to 1973, would the outcome of Roe v. Wade have changed if churches fully embraced the sanctity of life and rallied together to pray for its protection? It is impossible to know.

But what we do know is that our nation may be facing the Roe v. Wade of marriage as the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments on several same-sex marriage cases on April 28. The question that confronts us now is whether evangelical churches will fully embrace the sanctity of biblical marriage and rally together to pray for its protection.

“Isn’t it pointless to pray?” some will ask. After all, cultural momentum seems like an unstoppable train headed down the track toward same-sex marriage. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s decision in the Windsor case a couple of years ago seems to set the framework for a Roe v. Wade-type decision on marriage. And frankly, marriage in America, they’ll say, is already in shambles amid the wreckage of the sexual revolution and no-fault divorce. Is it really worth the fight?

  1. The ERLC is calling Christians to #PrayForMarriage because we believe marriage is worth fighting for. As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on several marriage cases at 10:00 a.m. EDT on April 28, we are asking Christians around the country to gather together to call on God to protect marriage.
  2. The ERLC is calling on Christians to #PrayForMarriage because marriage is a picture of the gospel designed to show the way God works in rescuing a bride for Christ through his self-sacrificial love.
  3. The ERLC is calling on Christians to #PrayForMarriage because every child deserves to grow up in a home with a mom and a dad. It is the best environment for them to flourish in as one who is made in the image of God.
  4. The ERLC is calling on Christians to #PrayForMarriage because marriage serves the common good by encouraging family stability in a way that engenders community stability.

Forty years from now, Christians may look back at this Supreme Court decision as the Roe v. Wade of marriage. Or, 40 years from now, Christians may look back at this Supreme Court decision as a moment when God preserved the dignity of marriage against the onslaught of the culture. Either way, the ERLC hopes that Christians will look back and be encouraged by the way we prayed for God to work during this important time. Will you join us?

Phillip Bethancourt

Phillip Bethancourt is Executive Vice President of the ERLC. He leads the ERLC team to develop innovative strategies to equip churches to address the key moral and ethical issues of the day. He completed an MDiv and PhD in Systematic Theology at Southern... Read More