Dear Senator Donnelly,
As happens to most men who move inside the Beltway in order to fulfill a calling from the people to "public service," you have succumbed to D.C.'s blandishments and, as the New York Times would put it, you have "grown."
Grown way down and below God and His Word and His Own Moral Law, not to mention the Magisterium of your own Roman Catholic Church. Way down below many, many of your constituents (of whom I am one). And way down below the founding fathers and the rule of law they bequeathed us in the form of the people's Constitution you swore to uphold in your oath of office. So who has met you as you've entered this Hell you chose when you announced (fittingly on Facebook) "I have concluded that the right thing to do is to support marriage equality for all?"
Rebels against the Holy God who live worldlings' lives under the curse of the absence of any fear of God. These men and women are now your partners in crime...
But most of them will not suffer the judgment you will because most of them have not taken the oath to submit to the Constitution you did, and most of them are not accountable to God as you are because God put you in this place of serving as a civil magistrate to be "a cause of fear for (evil) behavior (and to serve as) a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil" (Romans 13:3, 4).
For thirty years now I've been officiating at weddings and each time I have repeated these words which may be traced back many centuries prior to our present moral debauchery:
The union of husband and wife in heart, body, and mind is intended by God for their mutual joy; for the help and comfort given one another in prosperity and adversity; and, when it is God’s will, for the procreation of children and their nurture in the knowledge and love of the Lord. Therefore marriage is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but reverently, deliberately, soberly, in the fear of God, and in accordance with the purposes for which it was instituted by God.
Into this holy estate these two persons, ____________ and ____________, come now to be joined. If any man can show just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter forever hold his peace.
I require and charge you both that if either one of you know any reason why your marriage goes against the laws of God, you now tell me. For you can be certain that if any persons are joined together otherwise than as God’s Word allows, their marriage is not lawful and they will give an account on the dreadful day of judgment when the secrets of all hearts will be revealed.
You too, sir, will give an account on the dreadful day of judgment when the secrets of our hearts will be revealed. You are now leading our nation to repudiate our former submission to God's Law, going off in hardened and fearless rebellion. And less you comfort yourself thinking and saying that you have compassion for sodomites, if this is the best indication of your compassion, it falls woefully short.
This step taken before the watching world will add to the suffering of those in the desperate bondage of homosexual lust and intimacy. Compunction of conscience will be removed further from them, and therefore calls to repentance and faith will become even harder for them to hear. Reducing them to further bondage is not love. The man who loves rebukes. The man who hates or is indifferent doesn't rebuke.
Which includes me and this letter. It is not a sign of my hatred for you, but rather my love for you and those given to sodomy that I write. May God lead you to repent of your love of ease and comfort and the approval of perverse men rather than your love of God and your fellow sinners (particularly gays and lesbians).
If I don't hear of your repudiation of this lovelessness, I will be your inveterate opponent every chance I get from this day on. I don't support public servants who connive at wickedness to further their political prospects.
Timothy B. Bayly (Rev.)
B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.Div. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Boston)
Senior Pastor, Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana (for identification purposes, only)