Prominent Christian leader Dr. James Dobson recently warned that Christians living in the United States will soon become a "hated minority" if the U.S. Supreme Court chooses to mandate same-sex marriage.
Dobson, founder of the world-renowned ministry Focus on the Family, made his comments while hosting a panel of Christian leaders on his "Family Talk" radio show Wednesday.
After emphasizing that marriage has been defined as the union of a man and a woman since God created the institution thousands of years ago, Dr. Dobson noted that 31 state elections, 31 times voters adopted the traditional definition.
However, despite voter's opinions, the Christian speaker and author lamented that the courts "have steadily been ruling that traditional marriage is unconstitutional and discriminatory and those decisions have found their way now into the Supreme Court."
"Almost all the court watchers are predicting the highest court in the land is about to redefine marriage," Dr. Dobson said. "If that happens, it will change everything in the culture, including churches, schools, businesses, the military and family."
On April 28, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage. Whether the court proceeds to strike down all state bans - legalizing homosexual marriage nationwide - or chooses a more incremental step, experts believe traditional marriage will eventually be completely redefined.
Because of this reality, Dr. Dobson says Christian ministries "better decide now what you will do when forced into that corner." He asks, "Who knows where it will end?"
"The country can be no stronger than its families, he said. "I really believe if what the Supreme Court is about to do is carried through with, and it looks like it will be, then we're going to see a general collapse in the next decade or two. I just am convinced of that. So we need to do everything we can to try to hold it back and to preserve the institution of marriage."
This is not the first time Dr. Dobson has warned the United States against sucumbing to laws which blatantly violate Biblical principles.
In 2014, the Christian author described U.S. President Obama as the "abortion president" and accused him of "targeting religious freedom." Because America has chosen such a corrupt leader, Dr. Dobson argued, the country is quickly headed towards depravity.
At the time, he referenced the Old Testament account of Abraham's nephew Lot, "who chose to take his family into the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah."
"The men living there had become desperately depraved, burning with lust for each other," he wrote in a newsletter. "Jehovah told Abraham that their sin was so grievous that the Lord decided to rain utter destruction upon them. Abraham pleaded with the Lord on behalf of the people, but the patriarch could not find even ten righteous men in either of the cities to justify mercy."
He continued, "Why have I chosen to recount this biblical story from so long ago? Because I am convinced that America and other Western nations are sliding in the same direction," he warned. "We have not yet reached the depravity of Sodom and Gomorrah, but that appears to be where we are headed...Many influential men and women of the judiciary are leading us toward perdition."