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How Should We Respond to the Supreme Court Decision in Harris Funeral Homes?

July 2, 2020

By: Cameron Cortman, Summer Office Assistant

On June 15, the Supreme Court announced its decision in R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. As troubling as some aspects of that decision were, the response to it sent a louder message.

The day of the decision, my personal social media was filled with posts, stories, and tweets of people praising the decision. Many of my fellow college students appeared overjoyed. You might have experienced something similar.

Based solely on the online response, it is easy to conclude that most people agreed with the decision. But I don’t think that’s true. I talked to many who empathized with Tom Rost, owner of Harris Funeral Homes, and his family. Many people were unhappy with the decision because they are worried about the implications if the law stops respecting biological differences between men and women.

However, something bigger stuck out to me. I only saw social media posts from those who agreed with the decision. Individuals who are concerned about the decision and its implications stayed silent.

This should be a wake-up call to all Christians and like-minded individuals.

In times like these, our voice is more important than ever. It is easy to sit back and think that someone else will speak up, but we are called to share our views, as urged in Micah 6:8: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to seek justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

I believe that starts with using our voices.

There are many people who are unsure where they stand on cultural issues like these. And if they are only encountering one viewpoint on social media, how will they make informed decisions about these issues? We must be diligent in educating those around us as to why we think the way that we do.

As Senator Josh Hawley stated in a speech regarding the decision: “It’s time for religious conservatives to bring forward the best of our ideas on every policy affecting this nation…because we have a lot to offer, not just to protect our own rights, but for the good of all of our fellow citizens.”

He goes on to say, “As religious believers, we know that serving our fellow citizens…serving them, aiding them, working for them, is one of the signature ways that we show a love of neighbor.”

I understand the difficulty of this. As a conservative Christian college student, my views are not always in the majority. It is easy for me to stay silent for fear of losing friends and risking my reputation. I sometimes fall into the trap of thinking that I should be silent because someone may be offended by my beliefs. But this is false. I am called to speak God’s truth with love, even when it’s hard.

We can still love our neighbor and speak up for what we believe.

As Micah 6:8 shows, we are called to “seek justice” and “love kindness” at the same time. Talking about what we believe and why we believe it is loving our neighbor. Our culture needs to hear God’s truth—His love for each and every person. The key for me is speaking about my faith from a place of love and humility. I would never want someone to see pride or arrogance in my words.

So, to anyone not wanting to speak up, I encourage you to do so. If you are coming from a place of a genuine desire to speak truth into our culture, then use your voice.

It is important to remember the way in which using our voice should be done. As Russell Moore states in his response to the Harris decision: “We can be the people who recognize that those who disagree with us are our mission field, to be persuaded, not a sparring partner to denounce. We must have both conviction and kindness, both courage and patience, both truth and grace.”

The bottom line is that the voices of those who disagree with us are louder than ever, and if we do not speak up on important issues, we will eventually lose our voice altogether. If we want people to listen, now is the time. We cannot sit back and hope things will change without our voice.

Romans 8:28 states: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

We serve a good God, and we know that all things will work out according to His plan. And we must continue to serve Him with whatever platform we have been given.

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