Institute on Religion and Democracy Press Release
April 28, 2015
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“Marriage does not need to be compromised; it needs to be cherished with courage.”
-Chelsen Vicari, Director of IRD’s Evangelical Action Program
Washington, DC—Institute on Religion and Democracy Evangelical Program Director Chelsen Vicari spoke today at the Rally to Stand for Marriage in front of the Supreme Court of the United States. The rally was a multi-organizational effort coordinated by Alliance Defending Freedom from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Time, coinciding with oral arguments before the Court.
Large crowds were gathered outside of the Supreme Court building, with a diverse demographic and opponents on both sides of the marriage argument represented.
IRD Evangelical Action Director Chelsen Vicari commented:
“Today we pray that our leaders do what is best for the health of society, the welfare of children, and the protection of freedom of conscience. But no matter what our nine Supreme Court Justices decide come June, as Christian citizens we must never compromise our convictions according to the tide of popular culture.
“Whatever decision the Supreme Court makes will have very serious consequences for our Christian convictions on our campuses, at our jobs, and in our private lives. We face losing friendships, garnering hostility from schoolmates and perhaps even family members all because we refuse to compromise and water-down the Gospel. But Praise God, because we are not alone in our stand for marriage!
“Remember that Christ was criticized and crucified by the popular culture of His day. Don’t give up. Don’t get discouraged. Don’t get burnout. And don’t be silent. Silence does not spread justice nor truth.
“Most importantly, as the prophet Isaiah wrote, don’t be afraid, for the Lord promises He is with you. Don’t be discouraged, for He is your God. He will strengthen you and help you. He will hold you up with His victorious right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
“Marriage does not need to be compromised; it needs to be cherished with courage.
“Never lose your compassion, but never ever abandon your convictions!”