The Church is a Government (Isaiah 9:6) based on Jesus Christ as its KING! The Church was NEVER meant to interact with secular governmental affairs. Thomas Jefferson and others who understood the government of the United States of America was founded on various diagonals, angles, perpendiculars, lines, circles, squares, pentagons, and hexagons that conflicted with Church belief; therefore, they developed the notion and thought of "SEPARATION of CHURCH and STATE" which serves as a precursor to the 1st Amendment.
The government of the United States of America has no RESPECT for the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, which means the government of the United States of America isn't limited to the doctrines of the Church which is clearly seen in the Treaty of Tripoli - Article 11 which states " As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion....."
Once Church folks understand the above, I believe they will then clearly see why certain States are allowing Gays to marry. Basically because the government of the United States of America isn't founded on Christian values! Which means Church folks shouldn't be mad or upset when the government of the United States of America goes thwarts their Christian doctrines and beliefs.
The Church is thought to be "Spiritual Israel", but notice that "Ancient Israel" didn't depend on Rome for their sustenance, and nor should "Spiritual Israel". "The Church - Spiritual Israel" must began to operate as the Kingdom it is by creating, developing, and implementing an Economical System!
Instead of building multi-million dollar worship facilities we need to be investing in BUSINESS creation for our members! Church folks should NOT work for secular employers who have no sense of spiritual and or moral decorum!
Church folks shouldn't depend on PUBLIC AID from the government of the United States of America! Church folks shouldn't voluntarily get MARRIAGE LICENSES from the government of the United States of America nor sue one another in American governmental courts (1 Corinthians 6:2-8). Because most Pastors' lack theological education and revelation they fail to realize exactly what the function and purpose of the Church is, which is why so many Church folks are depending on the government of the United States of America for their sustenance and livelihood!
Please note: I'm not saying Church folks should be Anti-American; however, I'm saying Church Leaders must build the "Church/Spiritual Israel" according to the blueprint Jesus and his Apostle left us (Matthew 16:18) and (Acts 4:34-35)! Its no way Church members should have to degrade their spiritual beliefs and principles when we have Churches pulling in millions of dollars (collectively) every Sunday around the globe!
Each Church and Pastor should create, develop, and implement "Social, Educational, Medical, Judicial, and Economical Structures" for their members... no way around it! Accountability and Responsibility! Pastors are directly and indirectly responsible for the total well being of their members (Hebrews 13:17)!
Jim Allen, Minister