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FACT Report: Shaking Up the Legal Community

On December 13th, a judge in Bradley County, Tennessee, will be asked to answer a question that no other court in American has been asked—on the basis of what authority can a state official issue a marriage license when the Supreme Court held two years ago that marriage license statutes like Tennessee’s are constitutionally invalid?

For more than a year, state officials have issued marriage licenses on the assumption that our law not only remains valid, despite what the Supreme Court specifically said, but that the law has been changed to authorize same-sex “marriage” licenses.

Last week, in anticipation of the hearing, the trial judge said the plaintiffs had asked a legitimate legal question that must be answered. It will be interesting to see what that answer is. It could just shake everything up in the legal community

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FACT Report: Who Gets to Decide?

A recent Pew Research poll revealed some shocking information about the war on God’s creation of the two sexes. When asked whether someone is a man or a woman based on his or her sex at birth, only 54 percent said yes. Forty-four percent think someone can be a man or woman regardless of his or her birth sex.

While there are rare instances of biological ambiguity at birth, not too long ago, few would have questioned that we were born male or female.

What we have to appreciate is that the heart of this issue is whether we believe God assigns meaning to created things or we get to determine their meaning. The “gender” debate is just a variation on the theme of humanity’s original sin, the desire to put ourselves in the place of God.

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FACT Report: Hold onto the Good

With all that’s happening in our country, it’s hard to find much that’s encouraging. Thankfully, God gave us the book of Psalms.

Throughout the Psalms, we see portraits of betrayal, abandonment, and despair, yet they don’t end with such melancholy expressions, since the Psalmist remembers the goodness of God and His sovereignty over all things.

And that is what we need to do as well. During this season of Thanksgiving, we must remember Paul’s exhortation to the Thessalonians. We must examine all the things going on around us and not only evaluate them with sober judgment, but also remember to hold fast to the good.

When we’re not sure what the good is, then we hold onto the knowledge that our God is good and He is working all things together for our eternal good and His glory.

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FACT Report: Government Solutions to Heart Problems?

Last week’s news noted the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, polls showing that millennials prefer communism to capitalism, and calls for stricter gun control laws in light of the Sutherland Springs massacre. The common thread is that each story reflects a government solution to a heart problem—in the one case, greed and corruption and in the other, people with a murderous heart.

While laws must curb evil, we must not fall into the trap of believing our problem is external to us—in the one case capitalism and free markets and in the other, the availability of guns.

Perhaps someday we will tire of government solutions that don’t work and consider the real nature of our problem—our rebellion against God and the rejection of His law—and look to Him for His solution.

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FACT Report: The Lawyer and the Layman

Recently, a lawyer deposed a county commissioner who has sued to have a court rule on whether the laws that allow him to solemnize a marriage are still valid. After all, two years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court held that laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman were invalid.

The highly trained lawyer was flummoxed by the fact the commissioner couldn’t understand that the U.S. Supreme Court had also held that same-sex couples had a right to marry. But what the untrained commissioner understands is that you can’t get a license without a law, and if our law is invalid, then there has to be some new law to authorize marriage licenses. The commissioner rightly knows what the lawyer has forgotten— judges can judge the law, but only legislators can make the law.

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