Marriage equality

Marriage began when God created Eve to be a wife for Adam.

Then the man said,  “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman,because she was taken out of Man.” 

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
Genesis 2:23-24

The first marriage was a union between the first man and the first woman that God created.  Ever since then, marriage has been considered a union between a man and a woman.  This isn’t just a Christian belief but a practice by all religions and all cultures throughout history.  There have been different beliefs about some aspects of marriage.  Some cultures consider marriage a permanent union while other allow a person to divorce his spouse and marry someone else.  Some consider it a union between one man and one woman while others allow a man to have more than one wife.  But until recently it has universally been a state that can exist only between a man and a woman.

Now there is a movement to establish “marriage equality” between gay and straight people by legalizing marriage between two people of the same sex.  Is the restriction of marriage to a man and a woman just an arbitrary rule or is there some fundamental reason why two members of the same sex can’t marry each other?

Marriage was instituted by God so the only way to find the answer to the question is to look in the Bible and find out the purpose for which he intended it.

The LORD was witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. Did he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? And what was the one God seeking? Godly offspring. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. “For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her, says the LORD, the God of Israel, covers his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”
Malachi 2:14-16

The purpose of marriage is not just to produce offspring but Godly offspring.  After children are born they need to be taught God’s words so they will know how he wants them to live.

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Furthermore the Bible puts the main responsibility for teaching on the fathers.

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:4

 Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?
Hebrews 12:9

God’s plan is for the mother and the father of the child to be married to each other so they will both be involved in bringing up the child.  Some married couples fail to train their children as they should and some children grow up to live godly lives in spite of not being raised by their biological parents but it is always best to follow God’s plan.

(The quotation from Malachi is speaking of divorce.  Divorce and remarriage is as much a violation of God’s laws as same sex marriage. The log in our eye )

But there is another purpose for marriage that is often overlooked.

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.

In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
Ephesians 5:22-32

The church is a body made up of all whose sins have been forgiven because of their faith in Christ.  The relationship between a husband and wife is intended to reflect the relationship between Christ and the church.  The husband represents Christ and the wife represents the church.  A union between two men or two women is not an accurate picture of the relationship.

The government can pass laws that call a relationship between two members of the same sex a marriage but it will not be a true marriage in God’s sight.  But the Bible reveals a way in which some gays will experience marriage equality.

The Bible calls the church the bride of Christ.  Whoever is saved by believing in Christ becomes part of the church.  One day church will be complete and then what is now only a metaphor will become a reality.

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,
“Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.
Revelation 19:6-8

The ultimate destiny of all Christians is to experience the true Marriage of which marriages between a man and a woman are only a picture.  Many of those who are part of this Marriage will have had a preview of it by being married in this life; many will not.  The joy of being part of the real Marriage will be so great no one will care what their marital status was before.  Gays who have put their faith in Christ will experience exactly the same thing that straights will.

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:27-28

And in Christ there is neither gay nor straight.

The way to achieve marriage equality for gays is not to change laws but to evangelize gays so they will be part of the real Marriage.

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Posted on May 16, 2015, in government, homosexuality and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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