Following the US Supreme Court ruling on Friday legalising same-sex marriage, Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, admitted that he has been "bombarded" by questions from people who are eager to hear his thoughts on the matter.
During his church service on Sunday, he finally weighed in: "I'm not really as concerned about this as a lot of people are. I think that we should not lose our mind over the world being the world and the Church being the Church. This is not a news flash. The world is gonna be the world and the Church is gonna be the Church, and you have to understand the difference."
Jakes said it is the job of the Supreme Court justices to uphold the constitutional rights and legalities of all Americans, and they are not tasked to debate the Scripture.
"They are just not debating Scripture," Jakes stressed. "I guarantee you that they were not in there looking at Romans 1 and 1 Corinthians this and weighing it against the policies."
America might have a lot of Christian population, but the country is still a democracy and it is not governed by theocratic principles, he said. What people need to concern themselves with right now is that their religious freedom be respected and protected so that they do not "get caught up in the winds of the world and go the way the world is going."
It is up to the Christians to act on what is happening with the government and nation, he said, so that Christianity will still be the dominant religion in the country.
"We need to change as a Church, too. We need to start reaching out to all types of people and preaching to them and ministering to them and sharing our faith with them," he said. "I don't mean on Sunday morning. I mean in the mall, I mean in the grocery store, I mean while you're getting your hair done. It's time for you to be a real Christian. I mean a real Christian, and win people to Jesus Christ. And you can start in your own house."