As the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals prepared to rule in four different cases challenging state laws that ban same-sex marriage, the Family Research Council is not only encouraging their followers to pray for the outcome they prefer, they’ve even written the specific prayer for them:
Hope for Natural Marriage – Last week, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit heard arguments in six lawsuits (from four states — Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee) over lower court rulings against voter approved Marriage Amendments, which define marriage as between a man and woman. The oral arguments were contentious but the judges responded more favorably toward natural marriage and the right of voters to decide the issue than in other recent such hearings. Until a Tennessee County Court ruled in favor of biblical marriage; we have seen a 36 ruling losing streak (See Skepticism; Peter Sprigg’s Hopeful Analysis of Sixth Circuit Case; Tennessee Ruling).Pray that each member of the 6th Circuit Court will uphold voters in these states, their constitutional amendments, the natural law and the Law of God when they rule. When this matter reaches them, may the U.S. Supreme Court reject the idea that a right to same-sex marriage can be found in the U.S. Constitution and that it overrides the will of the people (Ex 18:21; 2 Sam 23:3; Pr 29:2; Mt 19:4-6; Jn 7:24; Heb 13:8).
I’m greatly amused by this. What’s the point of these prayers? Do they think God hasn’t noticed the situation? That he has ignored the millions and millions of people who have been praying for exactly that thing every day for more than a decade now? Are they hoping that maybe this time God will listen when he hasn’t up to this point? Is there a magic word that will make it more effective this time?