Posted by: Alton Rocker | April 15, 2011

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

I know that not everyone wants to address the very controversial subject of same-sex marriage.   My attempt here is to begin a dialog that we hope will open it up to our friends.

Opinions vs. Truth 

There is a broad spectrum of opinions concerning same-sex marriage.  But opinions are just that, “opinions”.  I am for the most part not interested in all of the opinions.  What I desire is fact, truth, and an authority higher than myself to determine an answer.  I do not claim to have all the answers but I have looked at this subject very carefully and believe there is but one serious conclusion.  Let’s take a look at the union of couples we traditionally call “marriage”.

A Biblical Perspective of Marriage

My initial reaction to same-sex marriage was why is this even an issue?  From the very beginning, starting in the book of Genesis, God points out His intent for human relationships.  Gen. 2:24 clearly states “a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”, directly referring to Adam and Eve.

It has always been God’s plan that the marriage relationship be a man and woman.  He did not stray from that in all of scripture.  Jesus made many references to the marriage relationship, always in the context of a man and a woman.  The apostle Paul in his early letters to the Church also mentions it several times, again as a “man and woman”.

We can search from one end of the Bible to the other and not find a single instance of God recognizing a “marriage” as anything but a man and woman.  It did not even enter into the minds of the writers that God recognized anything else as marriage.

Other types of “unions” (man to man, woman to woman) were always condemned and never referred to as a marriage.  Call these relationships what you will (civil unions, life partners), but they are not a marriage in the biblical sense.

Current Cultural Trend of Marriage

So why is there a constant drumbeat to legitimize same-sex marriage in our nation and the Church?

The answer is quite simple, sin.

We have become so enlightened, wise, and sophisticated that we are now ignorant of the obvious.  Our desire to be “tolerant”, “open” and “inclusive” have blinded us to the plain truth that is right before us.  God’s Word has not changed but we seem determined to dissect and reinterpret it to the point of irrelevance.

Marriage is a sacred thing. We should reserve it for the intent God had from the beginning. Our nations founding fathers understood that, why do we find it so difficult?

More will come on this subject in later posts.  We would love to hear your comments.

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Responses

  1. For marriage to be between those of the same sex, the word would have to be redefined. Dictionaries world wide would have to be changed. I don’t think we should change the meaning of a word just because we don’t like it. I agree with the above comment-call it civil unions and debate that-but don’t call it marriage.

  2. I agree with Debbie. We need new language as our society changes values, but we don’t want to water down the truths that we know.

    • Judy, thanks for your input. Let’s be careful on how we, as a society, determine what our values are. All too often we base them on media opinions, pop culture, or simply what looks right in our own eyes. Our values must be derived from the One that never changes. God’s truth and current social trends seldom coincide. Keep the faith.


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