TEA Party principles…
Why would a little TEA Party in northern Indiana choose to stand on the front line of protecting marriage? Social issues are to be nixed we have been told. Re-brand they say! Stay away from the divisive issue of protecting marriage we hear them shouting…
Our group has been blessed with members who have the same heart and mind to protect both the TEA party principles of small government, and traditional family values. We have never apologized for standing for these values of the Ronald Reagan three-legged stool of conservatism… fiscal, social and a strong national defense. We have even had the wonderful opportunity to host a three-day old-fashioned tent revival. Unashamed has been our motto. Because of this, we have always been caught between two movements with the passion to protect our Constitution and the passion to see our country turn back to God.
Why do we feel the urgency to join the pro-family groups in Indiana to protect marriage between one man and one woman? Why have we openly decided to take a stand and fight for the Indiana marriage amendment?
It is simple. Two words.
With the latest decision coming from the Supreme Court, there have been many discussions on how these decisions will impact the church. We have seen in the past five years, a shift in the American culture to ditch our traditional values and appease about three percent of the population. It has gone from a gentle nudge to an all out assault. Already in America, we have seen businesses sued for not complying to the gay agenda. Florists, bakers, and photographers have recently faced lawsuits, church properties have been sued for not providing a space for a lesbian wedding. This is just the beginning. We have been told that this decision will not impact the church or pastors preaching the word of God, but as Thomas Peters from the National Organization for Marriage stated,
“Saying that you’re not going to be forcing pastors to do same-sex marriage implies that Christians only have their rights when they’re within their church walls,” Peters told CBN News. “Christians have the full First Amendment rights to stand for marriage in the public square, in their businesses.”
Since the passing of gay marriage in England, there has already been an attempt to sue the church with the demand to be married in the church. Ironically, the law included protection for the church. It didn’t matter. Barrie Drewitt-Barlow told the press that they plan to sue the church of England to get married there. He said,
I want to go to my church and marry my husband,” said Drewitt-Barlow in an interview published Friday (Aug. 2). “It is a shame that we are forced to take Christians into a court to get them to recognize us.
He went on to say,
We need to convince the church that it is the right thing for our community to recognize us as practicing Christians,” said Drewitt-Barlow.
“It upsets me because I want it so much — a big lavish ceremony, the whole works. I am a Christian — a practicing Christian — my children have all been brought up as Christians and are part of the local parish church in Danbury.
We are at a dangerous crossroad here in America. The Supreme Court ruling shed a spotlight on the necessity to protect the 10th amendment, and to fight like never before for religious freedom. It is critical that we protect Indiana’s borders and protect our pastors from being criminalized for standing on the Word of God. As Red State’s Erik Erickson stated in his article entitled ‘Gay Marriage’ and Religious Freedom Are Not Compatible”,
Within a year or two we will see Christian schools attacked for refusing to admit students whose parents are gay. We will see churches suffer the loss of their tax exempt status for refusing to hold gay weddings. We will see private businesses shut down because they refuse to treat as legitimate that which perverts God’s own established plan. In some places this is already happening.
As one who has protected family values for the past ten years, I have been called every name in the book. From bigot, to intolerant, to hate monger… the worst being un-christian. Fact is, I personally don’t care what people do behind closed doors. I do not have to stand before God for anyone but myself. I do not believe the government should be policing the bedrooms of America. But what I do care about is the right to declare God’s word and God’s standards. I do care about the right to raise my children as I see fit. I do care about the right for business owners to be able to operate their businesses according to their conscience.
For those reasons we will choose to fight to protect marriage in the State of Indiana.
We will be on the front lines with leaders all across the state of Indiana fighting for the Marriage amendment and for the eventual referendum where Hoosiers will be able to vote at the ballot box. We are already years behind in this fight. Our children have already been brainwashed into this false “tolerance” philosophy. The left has already put about 20 million dollars into the fight. Churches are asleep.
But as the little shepherd who took a couple of stones and a sling shot and conquered the giant, nothing is impossible with our God. Do you enjoy your freedom to worship the God of the universe? Then join us as we fight to protect that freedom.
This is a fight for the church. This TEA Party is willing to stand… are you?