It is truly astounding.
We are taught in the Orthodox Church that there is no such thing as a coincidence.
What follows below is the Epistle reading from Wednesday, 26 June 2013 (13 June Old Style), the very day the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court presumably paving the way for legalization of homosexual “marriage” in the USA.
For those who may not be aware, the services of most Christian churches follow an annual cycle. The daily readings from Holy Scripture in the Orthodox church are not chosen at random, they repeat each year according to their place in the liturgical calendar. It so happens that the Epistle reading of 26 June was from 1Romans which the Supreme Court was unlikely to be aware of. I believe this juxtaposition of temporal and spiritual guidance is no coincidence, it is a reminder.
The Book of Romans was likely written between A.D. 56-58 by St. Paul, and he has just reached out from across 20 centuries to tap everyone on the shoulder.
Glory to God for all things. +++
(Romans 1:18-27) (j.s. – I have boldfaced the relevant verses)
18. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,
19 because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
23 and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,
25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.
27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.