Marriage: A Legal Contract?

 

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In light of the historic Supreme Court decision concerning  gay marriage on this 26th day of June, 2015, I felt a follow up to my original discussion on Gay Marriage (which can be found by clicking here) was warranted.  The following is basically a summation of my response given to someone who commented about the original post.

The research that I have found demonstrates that marriage was not always a legal contract, but a covenant between God and family. The government did not get involved until much later (depending on the culture and/or country). It can be argued that government did not even exist during the first union between a man and a woman.  It was not until 1923 that the Federal Government established the Uniform Marriage License Act. The reasons for licensing marriage were many, but racist ideology and money were probably at the core.  For example,  in order to make interracial marriage illegal, the government would need to have regulation over the process.

We are to be salt and light, but God clearly states in His Word that we are in the world but we are not to be of the world. This presents a big problem with modern day marriage. What does it say when our legal marriage license is paramount to that which God calls an abomination? There is only one conclusion that history will draw if Christians remain in a system that equalizes marriage between the same-sex; either Christians agree that God’s Word changes according to culture, or that Christians really don’t take the Bible seriously.

 

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I think we are salt when we take a stand. Albeit one that we must sacrifice greatly for. Including perhaps even going to prison for expressing our beliefs, but that’s for another discussion. We acknowledge “worldly” equal rights according to an ever evolving definition of cultural norms, but we affirm God’s Word by claiming it is sinful and not according to His plan and therefore we separate from the world system (even if we must go to jail for stating such). We are still in the world obviously, but we are not of the world. This communicates two things. First, we acknowledge the human condition and governmental laws, but we do not sacrifice our beliefs of what is right and wrong in the process.

We must fight the good fight until the end. But God also makes it clear in His Word that Satan is the power of this world and he will win many battles. It is my opinion that Satan has already won the battle of marriage in our society. So what do Christian’s do now? Do we simply accept defeat and go along with the sin, or do we call it out and get persecuted for our beliefs, as we surely will?

Christians need to be thinking how to be truth and light in a dark world. We are salt by proclaiming truth even when it is hard. We will lose government benefits, we will have to construct our own system for divorce or separation, the church will be forced to take a larger role in marriage. But there will be benefits as well.

Yet another way to look at this battle is by claiming victory over evil by exiting the fight that Satan created in the first place. We simply get out of Satan’s shadow and enter God’s light. Too many supposed Christians are watching the church slowly accept compromise. Holy unions should be less about government, and more about God. Many churches have already accepted gay marriage and homosexuality. They either think church doctrine was wrong, irrelevant, or misinterpreted. We need to right the course through our actions and due diligence. We do this with gentleness, love, and conviction. We do not hate the sinner – we hate the sin. God never changes and His Word should never be compromised.

I think we are further along the cultural slide than many nominal Christians can comprehend. We must reclaim God’s vision of one man and one woman coming together as one. We absolutely cannot stay within a system that is an abomination. Perhaps, if nothing else, this idea of renaming and reclaiming God’s true intention of one man and one woman uniting in matrimony by exiting the governmental notion of marriage, is the beginning of a new paradigm. We must start the process of seeking out God’s will for His people. There is no reason we need to be behind Satan, let’s put him behind us.

The third chapter of 2 Timothy speaks volumes on what is frolicking as truth in today’s cultural war. The whole chapter deserves to be quoted, but here are a few highlights: 13 “Bad men and those who fool other people will grow worse and worse. They will fool other people, and other people will fool them.” 14 “But you, Timothy, must keep on doing the things you have learned. You know they are right. You know who taught them to you.”…16 All that is written in the holy writings comes from the Spirit of God. The holy writings are good for these things: to teach people, to show them when they are wrong, to make them see what is right, to teach them to do what is right.”

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