Dear Marriage Supporter,
The God who created the universe also is the creator of the institution of marriage. It is so important to Him in his plan for humanity that he included it among his very first instructions to us: "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh" (Genesis 2: 24).
Lest you think God was simply making a suggestion that we might accept or reject as we feel suited, read what Jesus Christ himself said about marriage:
"'Haven't you read,' he replied, 'that at the beginning the Creator "made them male and female,"' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'" (Matthew 19:4-5).
Given that God the Father, and his only Son, our Savior, have made it crystal clear that marriage is ordained by God as the union of one man and one woman, I guess we have a basic choice:
Are we going to follow God's Word, or are we going to follow the illegal decree of five robed jurists who claim for themselves the authority to redefine what God created?
I'd like to tell you that I'm certain that you and all the other supporters of NOM will surely follow God's Word and fight for the institution He created, but I am not sure that is actually the case.
Sadly, the numbers speak for themselves.
NOM began our critical Summer Membership Drive on July 22nd. As of this morning, we've crossed the three-week halfway point of our drive and we have only received 309 contributions from our members.
That is terribly concerning, certainly not the type of response we've been praying for.
I imagine that Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court justice who wrote the opinion a year ago redefining marriage, will be laughing out loud to himself realizing that the most passionate supporters of marriage — NOM's members who love the Lord and who revere what He created — seem to be giving up.
Who could blame Anthony Kennedy if he thinks that God lost and he won?
I really don't believe — I just can't imagine the thought — that NOM's members have quit fighting for God's institution of marriage. And yet, only 309 of you have responded with an urgently needed membership contribution during this critical period.
I'm going to be blunt: we need 1,500 people to step up with a membership contribution of at least $35 in order to raise the $52,500 we're short so far this year. Without that type of response, we'll have no choice but to lay people off, cut programs and stop pursuing some of our most important work.
Right now, we only have 309 contributions. That means at the half way mark of our Summer Membership Drive, we are only at 20% of our goal. That is really bad.
In the next week we need 398 people to step up with a membership contribution of at least $35 if we are to have any chance of getting back on track. Will you be one of those people? Please make an immediate contribution of at least $35 so that I know you are still fighting for what God created and what Jesus revered.
The first miracle that Christ performed was at a wedding — the Wedding Feast at Cana. That's how important marriage is to Him. It is the marriage relationship that symbolizes Christ's own relationship with His Church — that of Bridegroom and Bride. Marriage is, thus, central to the flourishing of humanity, and to the Church.
So I am asking you to appreciate the enormity of what God created and make an immediate Summer Membership Drive contribution to NOM, the only organization in America that is solely dedicated to fighting for marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.
NOM's purpose for existing — the reason we created it — is to fight for God's authorship of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. We're going to fight as long as we are able, but that is only as long as you are willing to follow God's Word and fight alongside us.
Please let me hear from you right away with the good news that you've made a contribution of at least $35 to our Summer Membership Drive to continue to fight for what God created and what NOM supports — marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Together we can make it clear that Anthony Kennedy and his colleagues on the US Supreme Court don't have the last word when it comes to marriage. It's God's Word that defines marriage.