â€œThe U.S. Government cannot redefine marriage. God has defined marriage. It is eternal,â€ states Pastor Albert Sanchez Sunday, June 28, 2015, the Sunday after the U. S. Supreme Courtâ€™s ruling that is now already being used to justify same-sex marriage throughout the land.
Sanchez, pastor of the Imperial Community Church in Imperial reminded his congregation, â€œGod is on His throne.â€
Sanchez read from R. L. David Jollyâ€™s 2011 article â€œAmerica: Rebuilding Our House on Shifting Sands?â€ written in response to Americaâ€™s rebuilding its foundation after the economic collapse of 2008, â€œIn a vast study of over 15,000 writings of the Founding Fathers, it was learned that they quoted directly from the Bible thirty-four percent of the time, four times more often than any other source.â€
Sanchez, reading Jollyâ€™s article, quoted John Adams in a letter to Thomas Jefferson dated June 28, 1813:
â€œThe general principles, on which the Fathers achieved independence, were the only Principles in which that beautiful Assembly of Young Gentlemen could Unite . . . . And what were these general Principles? Â I answer, the general Principles of Christianity, in which all these Sects were United: . . . Now I will avow, that I then believed, and now believe that those general Principals of Christianity are as eternal and immutable, as the Existence and Attributes of God; and that those Principles of Liberty, are as unalterable as human Nature and our terrestrial, mundane System.â€
Another Founding Father quoted from Jollyâ€™s article was Charles Carroll â€œ. . . without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure, . . . are undermining the solid foundations of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.â€
Sanchez said, â€œWe should never have been relying on government in the first place.â€ Our nation started by relying on a Bible-based foundation, he continued, and the Bible is what should be our foundation today. Without it, we lose our way, he shared. Jollyâ€™s article continued by pointing out that our leaders and voters have hammered and chipped away at the foundations then turned and rebuilt on shifting sands. Sanchez commented that we have allowed our schools and universities to teach that humankind is â€œjust a higher animal with no soul, and not answerable to God.â€
We had no outrage with an earlier president who committed adultery and lied. â€œNo big deal,â€ was our attitude Sanchez said. He continued by sharing that our country twice approved a president who from the beginning openly stated a disregard for the Constitution of America, whose first actions in office were to promote abortion, who â€œevolvedâ€ on traditional one man-one woman marriage to blatantly embracing the full gamut of the gay community.
Sharing Jollyâ€™s words, Sanchez read the words of John Jay, the first Supreme Court Chief Justice, â€œProvidence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation, to select and prefer Christians for their rulers. . .
In 1876, then U.S. Representative James A Garfield (20th president) gave a centennial address to congress saying: Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness, and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature. . . If the next centennial does not find us a great nation . . . it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.â€
After sharing this last passage quoted by Jolly, Sanchez simply said: how prophetic.
â€œThe first century Christians lived in a society even worse than ours,â€ Sanchez stated. â€œWhy should our mission field be any different . . . Persecution will purge the church.â€ Sanchez said, â€œIt is your responsibility t to be the greatest light you can be, for there will be people more and more who want and need that Light. Shed the questionable things you do. Live as pure and as holy lives as you have ever lived, avoiding even the appearance of evil.â€
He quoted Psalm 46: 1-3: â€œGod is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride.â€
â€œWe are going to have to live in this society,â€ Sanchez said in closing. â€œWe will need to show grace, mercy, patience, goodness, and love. Not tolerance. Call it sin when it is sin. Hold true to the Scriptures. Trust God in our lives and see God do great and mighty things in our midst.â€