Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

In addition, people do not generally understand the long process which produces Constitutional amendments. Many mistakenly feel that last June’s defeat cancelled all hope. This is totally untrue. We can still fight for marriage, but we must act urgently. Members of Congress hear their constituents making noise about the rise in gas prices and the unrest in the Middle East. Although these issues deserve the attention of this nation, we must not be mute over the battle to save traditional marriage. The opposition isn’t.

Bill O’Reilly’s website has a “Culture Warrior Test” that he has given. The same-sex marriage issue is one of the major issues that determines which side of the culture war you are on. Ann Coulter, in her recent book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, speaks out against the liberal desire to make perverse sex and sexuality a banner issue for their side. Coulter goes on to imply the wide-spread acceptance of homosexuality may actually lead to greater problems of pedophilia and other abhorrent behaviors in the future. Further, religious leaders of every stripe---Christian and Jew, Catholic and Protestant, evangelical and mainline, black and white---think that same-sex marriage has serious moral consequences that cannot be ignored.

Despite my respect for the opinions of those just mentioned, the question comes down to you. How do you feel about the issue? Have true conservatives lost their will to fight, or is the movement becoming as inconsistent and unprincipled as the liberals we decry?

If we are to save marriage, our efforts must surpass those of the gay community. The first step is an easy one---do not be silent. Communicate with your Congressman by waging your own letter writing campaign with your small group, parents’ circle, or neighbors. Guidelines can be found on our website at hilc.net.

Let’s speak out to preserve the definition of marriage for the generation to come!

Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Bishop Harry Jackson is chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD, and co-authored, Personal Faith, Public Policy [FrontLine; March 2008] with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council.