Marriage Matters Because the Gospel Matters

When the news came out that same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, I was not surprised.  Our country has been headed down this road for some time now and it is was no surprise to me, and probably to many other Christians, that this was coming.  Our political landscape has been devoid of any fear or reverence for God and His Law, and we have been witnesses to the consequences.  That is why I expected the SCOTUS to rule the way they did.  Their ruling was against our laws, natural law and God’s law.  Again, this is why I was not surprised when it was announced.  Nor was I surprised by the reactions of unbelievers.  Many gay and straight people were celebrating this momentous occasion by changing their Facebook profile pictures to show their support of the decision.  I expect the unbelieving community to rejoice at lawlessness and perversion because they hate God and His word.  What did surprise me however, was how many so-called conservative bible believing Christians jumped on that bandwagon in support of same-sex “marriage” becoming the law of the land.

One of the most used arguments that these Christians use goes something like this, “why are you picking on this sin only?  There are many other sins that we all commit so why single this one out?” My first reaction to this line of argumentation is, “yes you are right, there are many other sins besides homosexuality, but they don’t all have a lobby.”  Those of us who claim the name of Christ are broken over our sin.  We don’t look at homosexuals as lower than us, as a matter of fact; I am no better position than they are before God apart from Christ. It is the atoning blood of Jesus that makes the Christian grieve over their sin, not celebrate it or try and legislate it.  We seek, as believers in Jesus Christ, to live lives that are pleasing in his sight.  The Apostle Paul reminds of this in 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8:

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.  For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.  For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

For those who have received salvation through Jesus, Paul now instructs how to walk as new creatures in Christ. This is why the Gospel is so important to the issue of marriage and why Christians who affirm same-sex marriage as being ok with God, need to take a minute and think about how that affects the very nature of the Gospel they say they believe in.

In Ephesians 5:22-32, Paul is writing on the roles of husbands and wives. He compares the role of the husband in relation to his wife, as Christ is to the church in verse 23.  He then goes on to explain how husbands are to love their wives; as Christ loved the church.  The remaining verses use words like, “cleansing”, “without blemish”, without spot or wrinkle”, all words and phrases that describe what the Gospel accomplishes.  Paul then gets to what this marriage between a husband and wife is all about, “this mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church (v.32).”

The marriage relationship is a picture to the world of the glorious relationship between Christ and those whom he has redeemed, the Church! Marriage is not just a political issue; it is a Gospel issue as well. That is why Christians ought to care for what God defines as marriage, because not only does God define what marriage is, he also saw it fit to use it connect it to the Gospel.

Marriage cannot be defined by governments, courts or the individual, but by God alone.  And for the Christian, it is crucial that we are on the right side of this issue.  That doesn’t mean that we can’t love those in the homosexual community, we must.  What it means is that marriage is much more than a political issue or even a civil rights one.  The nature of the Gospel is what matters most.  And to those Christians who are celebrating same-sex marriage, I ask you this.  By what standard do you affirm your view of this issue? Is scripture your authority, or is it wherever the cultural wind blows?  God purposely chose to use marriage, as He defines it, as an outward example of a spiritual reality.  Therefore we can’t allow any other version of marriage to be changed by laws or by popular opinion, but by the never-changing perfect word of God.


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Marriage Matters Because the Gospel Matters — 4 Comments

  1. Amen brother! Thank you for being a help in equipping me with a response to my unbelieving friends and believing friends. It is wild to see the culture we live in to be fully given over in to sin (Romans 1:28).

  2. Glad that you found it helpful! It’s important that the Body of Christ be able to answer the questions of the day. It is even more important to answer Christians who seemed to be confused on the matter.

  3. Sigh. Let us explain to the simple-minded la situation.

    -Firstly, Adam and Evelyn wish to marry. Good on em. Adam is a male adult capable of making his own decisions and is of the age of consent, as is Evelyn. The US government recognizes them as a married couple with certain benefits. The church has zero say in the matter. If you doubt this, consider all of the pagans, atheists, muslims, jews, and hindus that get legally married every day in the US.
    -Let’s move on to Adam and Steve. Both are male adults of legal age of consent that fall in love, just like Adam and Evelyn. They are capable and give their consent. BUT, till recently, the US government did NOT recognize them as a married couple, thus denying them certain benefits. The church still had zero say in this matter. The government denied its citizens the same rights that it grants to other citizens. This would be called unconstitutional, which is what your Supreme Court just established. THAT IS INEQUALITY.

    Now, let’s laugh, I mean, deal with your slippery slope arguments:
    -Adam wants to marry a toaster. He can’t. Why you ask? Even though Adam is a male of legal age that gives his consent, a toaster isn’t capable of making decisions and is unable to consent to anything. It is also not a citizen of the US. Adam and his toaster can’t marry each other and since a toaster can’t make decisions, yes, we have to spell this out for you, Adam doesn’t get to give consent twice just because he owns it. Not to mention that the US doesn’t recognize Adam and his toaster, nor does it need to, in order to recognize Adam and Steve. Same goes for Adam trying to marry Billy, a 10 year old, who can’t legally consent or make life-changing decisions (unless to accept some religious belief that from some old barbaric book). Billy might feel love but the governments do not recognize this because he is not age of consent. Well, unless you read your bible. Adam also cannot marry a dog or a corpse since neither are US citizens and neither can give consent. Now we know this is the part where you like to point out some random offshoot group of creepers that like to lower the age of consent to have their way with youngsters, like the church does, but these are not people that anyone takes seriously.

    So there you have it. Glad it makes sense and you’re no longer confused.

    Burt

  4. ^^^^What Burt said! Brilliant piece, Burt! Concise, clear, and backed up with truth. Maybe this Midwest Christian Outreach can have you work for them as a fact checker or something!

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