Monday, May 30, 2011

Same Sex Marriage - Part One

   I was reading a recent Gallup poll that reports for the first time a majority of Americans think same sex marriage is acceptable.  The report said, “For the first time in Gallup's tracking of the issue, a majority of Americans (53%) believe same-sex marriage should be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as traditional marriages.  The increase since last year came exclusively among political independents and Democrats. Republicans' views did not change.”  If you want to read the article for yourself you can find it at, http://www.gallup.com/poll/147662/first-time-majority-americans-favor-legal-gay-marriage.aspx
   I will give more than one post to this issue for there are several things we need to consider concerning what is called same sex marriage.  This first post will deal with the institution of marriage and how true marriage relates to the idea of same sex marriage.  The first question we might want to consider is where did the social practice of marriage come from?  Did some long ago generation just decide one day that it would be a good idea to pair up for life?  Did some long ago civilization invent marriage and the following generations just thought it was a good idea so they followed along?  The answer is marriage is a God given, God ordained institution.  Marriage was not created by man, it was given to man by God for man’s benefit.  Let’s consider for a moment God’s revelation of where marriage came from.  When we go to the Bible, Genesis 2.18, we find one of the reasons God created us as male and female.  God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Genesis 2.18b).  God stated clearly here that it was not good for Adam to be alone.  God created the woman, Eve, to be a “help meet” for him (King James version).  The literal rendering means a helper suitable for him.  God made a women who was the perfect complement of Adam, a man.  The two of them were made fully complete as man and women for the purposes for which God created them.  May we all agree that had there been two men or two women in the beginning, they would not have been the perfect compliment for one another and none of us would be here.
     After the account of God’s creation of Eve, we find the record of the very first wedding, performed by God.  “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man.  Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2.23-24).  Those verses give us the account of the very first marriage, the first family unit, created and ordained by God.
     From this biblical account of the origin of marriage, let’s draw some conclusions.  Let’s consider three biblical reasons for marriage, as ordained by God.  First, marriage creates a unique family unit where procreation is to take place.  God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply.  It is into the family unit where there is a husband and wife, a father and mother, that children are brought into the world.  It still takes a male and a female to bring about children.  God ordained that males and females be united in marriage for the purpose of having children.  Secondly, it is the family unit of one man and one woman where the truths of God are to be passed from one generation to the next.  One of the primary responsibilities of a father and mother is to teach their children about God and His Word.  Thirdly, God provided marriage to be the relationship where the sexual desires of a man and woman are to be fulfilled.  God created us with a strong sex drive which motivates us to procreate.  The only place where sexual activity is to be practiced is in the marriage union.  All sexual activity outside of marriage is sin.
     Those things being true, let’s make some observations now concerning what is called, “same sex marriage.”  First, there is no such thing as same sex marriage.  God established marriage and He established it as a permanent union between one man and one women.  God never ordained men to marry men or women to marry women.  God calls sexual activity between people of the same gender a sin (more on this in following posts).  God does not recognize any form of marital union between two men or two women.  No matter what a government says about same sex marriage, that governmental authority does not trump God’s authority.  Secondly, since marriage is God’s institution man does not possess the power nor have the right to change its conditions.  Man does not have the right to change what God set as the standard.  God created a man and a woman, then He joined them in marriage and they became husband and wife.  May we be reminded at this point that a majority of people choosing error just means there are more people wrong than right.  God is a majority of one.  God will not and does not change His perfect law based on the majority vote of human beings.  Thirdly, children cannot be raised in a same sex union as if it is a normal family situation.  Same sex unions are contrary to nature in every way conceivable and the children will figure that out sooner or later.  God created women with a unique ability to be mothers and He created men with the same kind of unique ability to be fathers.  The terms father and mother are more than just biological. 
     The bottom line is this, there is no such thing as same sex marriage in God’s eyes.  It is a complete misnomer to use the  word marriage when describing same sex unions.  These unions are nothing more than homosexual relationships endorsed and condoned by a human government.  God is not impressed with America’s continued shift toward normalizing homosexuality which I will deal with in the next post.

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