Harry R. Jackson, Jr.

Let me express some concerns I have. What happens in DC will affect the nation. In traditional wars that are fought in armed conflict, there is always an attempt to seize the capital of the nation. The capital is a nerve center and defeating it always renders numerous aspects of the nation’s potential resistance impossible. In addition, the loss of the capital disheartens everyone except the most experienced warriors. Taking a nation’s capital in physical war in most cases means the defeat of the nation.

Applying this principle of war to our struggle to preserve the potential and power of biblical marriage, we have to protect marriage in the nation’s capital. We must wage a non-physical, non-violent, political war to protect the definition and potential of marriage for future generations. Our great-grandchildren deserve to grow up with both a mom and a dad. If marriage is redefined, then the concept of family must be redefined. Once family is redefined, parenting and child rearing must also be redefined. If we change the parental landscape, education must also be transformed. All of this will be done on the bogus claim of civil rights.

This means that we must both stop the destruction of the institution and provide personal and community interventions, to save marriage as it is currently defined. I am not ready to have my grandchildren read “Heather Has Two Mommies” at 8 years old. I do not want them to learn about the prince and the prince who grow up to be the king and the king. Perhaps more importantly, I rue the day that children could be prematurely wooed into making lasting declarations about their personal sexuality.

So how do we defeat this attack on our nation’s capital?

First of all, we need to support the efforts of Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who was just demonized in Sunday’s Washington Post because he has expressed interest in Congress overriding the DC same-sex recognition bill. The Washington writers downplayed the fact that he is on the House sub-committee responsible for DC City affairs. Chaffetz, a freshman representative, is bright and energetic. He has come to Washington to make a real difference. As a result of his sincerity, the former Brigham Young place kicker, a Utah Republican, is working with hundreds of black community leaders to make a difference in the nation’s capital. Sneering gay activists and yellow paper journalists are afraid of a national battle for marriage being waged in the streets. They demonize Chaffetz because he may become part of a new model for marriage protection – blacks, whites, and Hispanics working together. This new model also unifies people from different faith traditions declaring a strong message, “Not on my watch!”

Second, we need to begin a nationally funded and supported campaign aimed at blocking gay marriage in the District. After all, DC is every American’s “home town.” Here’s how such a movement can begin. This Wednesday and Thursday over 400 pastors will gather in DC to be briefed about major issues of our day, lobby Congress, and carry out spiritual prayer walks in the capital city area. Representatives from this group will host a press conference at 1pm on Thursday. Ministers from around the country and from Washington, DC will unite to make their voices heard. Would you reach out to your Congressmen and ask them to, “Say no to same-sex marriage”? Go to our website, http:www.thetruthinblackandwhite.com to find out ways you can help.

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.