MONTGOMERY — The 100-plus member Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM), meeting in Montgomery on Feb. 6, voted unanimously to “express moral outrage, intense grief and strong disagreement over court rulings that have set our culture in a direction against the biblical definition of marriage.” The SBOM made its comments in the form of a resolution.
Rick Lance, SBOM executive director, said, “We cannot speak out on every issue, but biblical marriage is foundational to our culture. Change marriage laws and you change culture. Erode family and marriage and you erode the society in which we live. … We contend that the biblical definition of marriage is what we believe and we will try to do our very best to make sure Alabama Baptists have a voice out in the public.”
The Resolution on Reaffirmation of Biblical Marriage also encourages Alabama Baptists to “offer prayer and personal support for those probate judges who, exercising their personal religious liberties, conscientiously object to the affirmation of the marriage of same sex couples; and … pray for those with whom we disagree, specifically those who advocate the abolition of biblical marriage as the only legally sanctioned form.”
Alabama Baptists also “commit to pray for the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court who are expected this year to issue a landmark ruling that could abolish the sole legality of biblical marriage throughout our nation” and are encouraged to continue to be faithful to the biblical definition of marriage.
“We call for sincere repentance, earnest prayer and a commitment to seek God’s face for a spiritual and moral awakening in America.”
The SBOM also reaffirmed the 2013 Resolution on Strengthening Biblical Marriage.
To read the full text of both resolutions, click here.