Over at Facebook I've argued that Obergefell is certain to have a deleterious effect on religious liberty here in the States, as it will provide more leverage for the type of thing we've seen in the disenfranchisement of Christian florists, bakers and photographers. A number of articles like this one speculate on what kind of trouble we may be facing. The LGBT activists responsible betray the mentality of "liberal" fascism Jim Kalb describes in the article linked below. (And pardon me for sounding like a broken record with regard to that article, but it needs to go viral in conservative and libertarian communities.)
That being said, I am increasingly annoyed by all the hand wringing of traditional Christians here in the States, both Evangelical and Catholic, as they express the worry that all this is the prelude to the Great Tribulation mentioned in the Bible. I have a simple message for these my brethren:
Cowboy the #&*@ up.
First of all, don't you realize how many times Christians throughout have erroneously concluded that they were in such a time? It is folly to obsess over or proceed on the basis of biblical texts that may or may not apply to our situation.
Secondly, if those texts apply to anyone, it is to the Christians in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere who are literally being "beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God," not us. Compared to what they're going through, anything that will happen to us as a result of Obergefell will be a minor annoyance.
Thirdly, to the decreasing number of dispensationalists: jettison your false eschatology, and you'll feel much better.
Fourthly, if we really knew that these ARE the last days before the Parousia, we should be giddy with joy, not angst-ridden, for our redemption draweth nigh.
Lastly, understand that here in the United States, the oppression of religion is forbidden by the fundamental law of the land, and any attempt of the haters to excise or render impotent that law by would result in a civil war that they would lose, as millions of armed Americans would rise up and do to them what the Romanians did to Nicolae Ceaușescu. Therefore, since they only can push the envelope legally against religious liberty, we will rely on organizations such as The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and The Alliance Defending Freedom to sue them blue, on state and federal legislatures to enact corrective legislation, and, failing all that, only then on the time-honored American and Christian tradition of civil disobedience -- in both its passive and active forms.
Concerning the latter form, as Richard John Neuhaus opined in the 1996 First Things symposium on the judicial usurpation of politics, in the United States "morally justified revolution" is always on the table as a means to put tyranny down, though it is always the last resort. To hear conservative American Christians talk these days, you'd think they have no clue whatsoever about the fact that Christians took up arms in American War for Independence, in the War of the Vendee against French leftists, in the war of the Russian White Army against the Bolsheviks, in the Romanian Revolution against the brutal communist Nicolae Ceaușescu, or that they threw off the yoke of Muslim tyranny by force of arms in Greece, Cyprus, the Balkans, and most recently South Sudan. You'd think they are clueless about the long history of Christian resistance theory and practice, which stretches back to St. Augustine's dictum, "Lex iniusta non est lex" and came to fruition in the writings of such theologians as Thomas Aquinas, John of Salisbury, Manegold of Lautenbach, and John Calvin. When the noted Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer became involved in the plot to assassinate Hitler, he was relying on this body of thought, especially as it was expressed in the Lutheran document "Magdeburg Bekenntnis." So, for the life of me, I can't understand why so many contemporary conservative believers talk like the ONLY response to persecution is to grin and bear it. Yes, many Christians have taken and will take the path of martyrdom, but that is not the only legitimate action to take. As American Christians, we would be "morally (and theologically) justified" in taking the other course of action.
All of this is why we can "stop worrying and learn to love Obergefell." I for one relish the fight that's coming with Kalb's "liberal state", because today's Left is a lot more pusillanimous than its historical and contemporary cousins. As he says in the final paragraph of his article:
In the end, the liberal state is not principled, and nothing built into liberalism limits how far it can go. Nonetheless, it’s enduringly squeamish. It will use the final measure of force only against weak opponents whom everyone that matters has agreed to hold in contempt. Groups and institutions that stand firm, present their views forcefully and confidently, and keep on going in the face of abuse—who preach the word in all settings, in season and out of season—will prevail. That’s something Catholics, among others, need to remember. How bad things get—and they could get very, very bad—is up to us.
I say, bring it.