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The Constitutional Abolition of Parental Rights

Historically, parental rights were grounded in biological kinship ties. Certain rights to the nurture and care of children were said to arise naturally out of that biological relationship, and therefore civil government had to respect those pre-existing rights.

But in 2015, the United States Supreme Court severely undermined that kind of argument. The Court said biological sex, as a matter of constitutional principle, was irrelevant to marriage.

But that also makes it irrelevant to the other legal issues that flow out of marriage, such as parenthood.

Now some legal scholars are saying that parenthood must be based on the functions a person performs and then the status of parent bestowed on those who carry out those functions.

But when government, not biology, controls who is a parent, parental rights as a real thing no longer exist.

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Is a Legal Marriage Important to God?

With the state law defining marriage without regard to the sex of the parties, it’s worth asking why Christians submit to a government’s legal scheme that is contrary to God’s law.

Our natural thought is that we need a “real” marriage, but in God’s sight, marriage is based on a covenant commitment before Him and witnesses, not a state license. In fact, that was the whole idea behind common law marriage.

Given that, the reason to enter into a legal marriage is so that the couple secures the government benefits that come with it, the very ones same-sex couples said they were being denied.

But are government benefits a sufficient reason to agree to the government’s unbiblical definition of marriage if a biblical marriage can exist apart from man’s law? A tough question for Christian couples to answer.

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FACT Report: Are Evangelicals Sanctioning Same-Sex ‘Marriages’?

When the Supreme Court said states could only license marriages that eliminated any requirement that the parties be a male and female, it meant that legal marriage had now been defined that way for everybody. Government-licensed marriages are now defined contrary to how God defines marriage.

Herein lies a difficulty for evangelicals. With respect to legal marriages, ministers are agents of the state. The marriage license is what actually authorizes them to approve a state-sanctioned marriage. Though they are simultaneously solemnizing a covenant marriage, at the end of the ceremony, they always declare the couple married by the authority vested in them by the state.

That being the case, should ministers participate in creating for the state that which God’s law forbids? Should Christian couples even ask them to? These are tough questions we all need to answer.

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FACT Report: Listen Beyond the Sound Bite

Many politicians want voters to think they are voting for a person who brings their Christian values with them into office. But voters must be careful.

A leading Tennessee politician recently said everyone deserved meaningful work because they were made in the image of God. While work and the image of God are linked, the Bible makes it clear that male and female is part of the image of God, too. God said it was not good that Adam did not have an appropriate counterpart, so He made Eve. Their difference He called good.

But it is this part of God’s image that this politician doesn’t really believe in because this elected official opposes efforts to keep young boys out of young girls’ locker rooms.

So voter beware: What you hear may not tell you everything you need to know.

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FACT Report: Public Schools and Christian Education

At a recent forum for Tennessee’s gubernatorial candidates, the candidates were asked a number of questions designed to gauge their support for public education. But the real question that needed to be asked and answered was, “What is the purpose of an education?”

But the purpose of education is a politically touchy subject, because the candidates, who all profess to be Christian, would be excoriated if they gave the answer Christ would have given—to have a child grow to love God with all his or her heart, soul, and mind. And therein lies a problem for Christian parents—the required exclusion of God from the public school instruction is making it an increasingly difficult option for Christians. More than ever, the Church needs to consider how it can help families provide a Christian education for their children.

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