Where do we go from here?
“When we started this campaign, we said marriage was in trouble in our country. The problems that have weakened this critical institution started long before this present attempt to redefine it. We made the case for traditional marriage and we’re terribly disappointed that we were not able to convince enough voters to hold on to the value of traditional marriage for society and we genuinely fear for the consequences we’ve raised during the campaign.”
The most common question we are being asked is “what do we do now?” That is an important and complicated question. We want you to know what is being discussed and what has become an urgent matter of prayer for us at the Christian Civic League of Maine.
We should all be reminded that we will not be silenced or dismayed. Our God has called us to faithfulness and we will do our best to join you in fulfilling that calling. There is great wisdom in the comment by John Q. Adams when he stated simply “Duty is ours, results are God’s. “ There is a great deal of work to be done, perhaps now more than ever. The result of Tuesday’s voting shows how the influence of the Church of Jesus needs to be strengthened. We must return to the solid teaching of His word and grow in our dependence upon His Holy Spirit.
We are in conversations with the Alliance Defending Freedom, Family Research Council and Citizen Link to provide resources for churches, pastors and Christians who will need legal protections for our religious liberties. We want to discern the possible impact of redefining marriage as well as the remedies. Our priority is to help ensure your opportunity to live out your faith and ministry without interference.
We are exploring the possibility of returning to the ballot again to overturn this egregious new definition of marriage. That may mean another campaign, including a signature drive to get it back on another ballot.
We urge you to stay in touch with the Christian Civic League and be a part of our ongoing efforts with this and other important issues. We cannot hope to maintain or increase our effectiveness unless we maintain our lines of communication with you.
Lastly, let me urge you to resist the temptation of bitterness. Those who stood publically for the defense of natural marriage have been mistreated, maligned and threatened by our opponent and even those who should be allies. There are always those who want to assign blame and those who seek revenge. Our Lord is not honored by either.
Together, we will move forward. I close with these words from the Chris Tomlin song, “All To Us”:
“Let the glory of Your name be the passion of the Church
Let the righteousness of God be a holy flame that burns
Let the saving love of Christ be the measure of our lives.”
Please stay in touch.
Pastor Bob Emrich