Same-Sex Marriage is Unbiblical
Once again, “same sex marriage” is in the news. The U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down a Texas law banning “deviate sexual intercourse with another individual of the same sex.” While gay activists celebrated this milestone decision, many have voiced concerns regarding the possible ramifications of this 6-3 court ruling in the Lawrence vs. Texas case. Even Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia predicted that this ruling “will have far-reaching implications beyond this case. In writing for the minority view, he predicted that this ruling would “mark the end of all morals legislation” and leave traditional marriage “on pretty shaky grounds.”
The controversy surrounding “same sex marriage” will likely become a political issue in the upcoming national elections. A recent AP press release stated that most Democratic candidates oppose gay marriage but support “civil unions.” At a presidential forum sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, members of the audience hissed Senators Joe Lieberman and John Kerry when they referred to marriage as an exclusively heterosexual union. “Marriage has a special status in our culture, our society and our history,” Lieberman said.
Marriage is not just a social custom. It is a divine institution, ordained by God at creation. From the beginning of history, the Bible has limited “marriage” to the union of one man and one woman. Although the word “marriage” does not appear in this initial account, God gave Eve to Adam to be his wife. God told Adam, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). The reference to “a man” and “his wife” establishes the divine pattern for future generations.
In Ephesians 5:22-33 the apostle Paul quoted these words in reference to marriage of a man and a woman. To the church in Corinth, a cesspool of immorality, Paul also refers to marriage only in terms of husband and wife. Nowhere does the Bible allow for same sex unions.
The argument has been made that all citizens deserve the equal benefits, regardless of sexual orientation. But is “same-sex marriage” the solution to this dilemma?
So far only the state of Vermont has granted full legal rights and benefits to same-sex couples. Same-sex marriages are legal in Belgium and the Netherlands. The Liberal government in Canada recently announced their intent to enact similar legislation.
In time more states and nations will likely decide to grant legal status to same sex partners. But to refer to this type of arrangement as a “marriage” would be a misnomer. That term has already been taken and is clearly limited to a heterosexual union. That fact may not prevent the name being inappropriately used. It would not be the first time that civil authorities passed laws that run contrary to biblical principles.
The crux of the problem lies in a lack of understanding and acceptance of biblical standards in our pluralistic, multicultural society. At the time when the U.S. Constitution was written, the nation was more committed to fundamental Christian virtues. The main concern of the men who put together the Constitution was to avoid governmental imposition of religion and to assure all citizens the right to believe and live by their individual religious convictions.
The concept of “separation of church and state” first introduced in a letter by Thomas Jefferson has since become the philosophical foundation for court rulings such as the Texas case. The resulting assumption is that it is wrong to legislate morality. As the morals of the U.S. and other nations continue their downslide, more and more longstanding moral restrictions will be struck down in the courts and laws of the land. Sadly, in many ways the freedom of religion guaranteed by the Bill of Rights has since degenerated into freedom from religion.
The coming millennial rule of the Kingdom of God will restore the fundamental truths of the Bible expressed in the Law of God (Isaiah 2:1-4). Church and state will be reunited, rooted in the teachings of the Bible and enforced by the righteous rule of Jesus Christ. All nations will learn and experience the benefits of the laws of God, including the true values of marriage.