It’s one of those wonderful times in human history where I can comment on two of my favorite subjects in the same subject; Religion and Politics! It is an amazing opportunity to pretty much offend everyone I know. Fasten your seat belts, here we go!
The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether laws that outlaw “gay marriage” should be ruled unconstitutional. (I know, there is more to it than that, but effectively that is what is going on). If you are on social media as much as I am then you already know that EVERYBODY is talking about this. There are symbols you can use as your Facebook profile pic that declare you believe marriage is between one man and one woman, or that you think everyone should be afforded equal access to holy matrimony.
It is interesting to me to see how my Christian brothers and sisters are handling this controversial issue. Some are holding strong to their beliefs that marriage IS defined as between a man and a woman. Others think that God loves everyone and He approves of same sexes wedding. Others (like me until now) are remaining silent on the issue.
Hopefully I will be able to demonstrate that God Himself defines marriage as between one man and one woman and that it is very important to Him.
For the sake of time and with the hopes of not boring my non-Christian friends too much I will get to the heart of the matter. God cares that marriage is between one man and one woman because that is the way He set it up. He set it up that way for many reasons. For man to be fruitful and multiply comes to mind. Therefore as a practical matter certainly same sex marriage violates natural law. But there is a much deeper issue at work here. God says that marriage is a picture of Christ’s relationship with His church! Don’t take my word for it. Look at Ephesians 5 starting in verse 25:
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
For a Christian it should be clear. Marriage is not just about a man and a woman; marriage is a picture of God’s love for people and how that dynamic looks. Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.” Marriage is a picture of Jesus’ sacrificial love for the church! Every time Satan is successful at chipping away at the family and traditional marriage then he is also chipping away at the best example that God put on the Earth of His love for us.
You say, “but Mike, Jesus Himself never said that marriage was between a man and a woman.” And I would answer, yes, yes He did. Check out Matthew 19:3-6
3 The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?”
4 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
You can read the same account from Mark’s point of view in Mark 10.
Jesus points out that, “at the beginning” God made them “male and female;” and a “man is joined to his wife.”
If you are a Christian who thinks that gay marriage is fine because it isn’t hurting anyone then I challenge you to think again. The attempt to redefine marriage is also an attempt (whether knowingly or not) to redefine what the relationship between Jesus and the church looks like.
The war is not against flesh and blood but it is a spiritual one. Pray for our country. Speak the truth in love. Don’t be surprised if you are hated for what you believe. Remember what Jesus said in John 18:
18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me.