Does God Care About Gay Marriage?

This weekend Governor Martin O’Malley declared that he would vocally support a second attempt at the bill that would legalize gay marriage in the state during Maryland’s 2012 General Assembly session.  This comes a mere five months after a similar bill was proposed and subsequently squashed this past March.  The proposed bill would allow for homosexual couples in Maryland to be granted the right to marry and all of the same legal rights afforded heterosexual couples.

The bill gained strong support in the Democrat-controlled Senate but failed to pass the House floor after key Democrats withdrew their support before the vote.  While I don’t want to get partisan right now it must be noted that the main support for the bill came from Democrats and liberal Republicans, while the opposition was generated from the Republican and conservative Democrat camp.  As is the case with all politics, this battle is fought not between Republicans and Democrats, but conservatives and liberals.  Whatever the right side is in this case is, to me, irrelevant.  Conservative vs. Liberal is just a façade masking the truth of the battle.  The real battle goes far deeper and is far more deadly than we could ever imagine.

If there is one thing the Bible ever claimed to be it is that its words contain the truth.  The Bible testifies of itself that it is the inspired, infallible, inerrant, and immutable Word of God.  I won’t get too  much into theology and doctrine in this post but I do briefly want to expound on what the Bible has to say on this topic.

In the books of Exodus through Deuteronomy God gave what we call the Law to the Hebrews in the Sinai wilderness.  The Law was God’s self-revelation of His character and the requirements for living a holy life acceptable to God.  Basically, the Law is all of God’s commandments for being made in His image that He expects us to keep them in order to be accepted by God as His child.  There are three different types of Law given by God: ceremonial law, moral law, and civil law.  Civil law consists of commandments as they relate to how we should treat other people such as keeping enough food for your family and the sojourner and the widow and the orphans.  Ceremonial law gives people the most headaches because it is the set of commandments that require us to abstain from eating the meat from a cloven-hoofed animal and wearing clothing made of blended materials.  Moral law is where the issue of gay marriage falls.  Moral law has to do with how we relate to God in our lives.  The number one moral commandment is “You shall have no other gods before me”.  If we keep this law we won’t break the others, plain and simple.  Leviticus 18:22 is another example of moral law, it says “Do not lie with another man as with a woman, it is an abomination.”  If we have no other gods before the LORD we won’t make a god out of sex and we won’t be led down the dark path of sexual immorality.

The bad news is that there is no one who has ever lived who can keep all the commandments of God, except one.  Nobody can live up to God’s perfect standard of righteousness.  Is then God unjust to require this of us?  Certainly not!  God is perfectly just to require us to be like Him since He is the source of all creation and the author of all life.  He is the perfect judge and there is no higher authority.  Through the Law we become aware of our sinfulness and how much we fall short of God’s righteousness.  Because of our sin, God’s wrath is set for a collision course with our soul when we die and we certainly deserve it.  God must punish sin because sin is a direct contradiction to His very nature and it is the most despicable sight to a holy God.  There is not one man or woman who can say that they don’t deserve God’s wrath for their sins, save one.  The one whom I refer to is Jesus Christ.

Jesus, God’s Son, came to earth as a man to live the life we couldn’t live and to die in our place to take the punishment we deserved then rose from death as our champion over sin and death.  Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the Law we could not keep and received the punishment for our sins, death.  By living without sin in His life Jesus fulfilled the Law so that we are no longer burdened by it’s commandments and no longer condemned by it.  Jesus is our substitute who takes our place and we take His place.  He gets what we deserved, that which He doesn’t deserve and we get what He deserved, that which we don’t deserve: the forgiveness of sins and eternal life in heaven with God.

You all probably know that already if you’re reading my blog so there tricky part is that what does all that have to do with passing gay marriage in Maryland?  It has everything to do with passing gay marriage in Maryland!  Christ has fulfilled the Law for us but He has not abolished it!  As Paul says in Romans 3:31, “Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.”  Elsewhere Peter exhorts new Christians to be holy like their heavenly Father in 1 Peter 1:14-15, “As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct“.  Our call to live holy is clear so we cannot banish the Law from our lives, on the contrary, we need it now as our guide on how to live holy.

Finally, we are called as children of God to be witnesses for God in a world full of darkness.  We are to take God’s standards to an unbelieving world that is in open rebellion to the God who created them.  God loves mankind and does not wish that anyone should perish, but have eternal life so He sent His Son to forgive sins and He has commissioned us to carry the message of the Gospel to the whole world.  One way we testify for God is to stand for what He stands for, righteousness.  God in His Word is clearly against homosexuality and makes it clear that marriage is reserved for one man and one woman.  There is no room for compromise on this issue, you’re either on God’s side or not.  The Bible says that anything that doesn’t stand up to God’s truth and perfection will burn away like chaff in the wind.

Let us spread the word of God to our state that so desperately needs to hear it and call them to a biblical standard of lawmaking!  I hope this post has spoken to you and your conscience and stirs you to some kind of action!  I will be posting on this topic regularly for the next couple of months as this is going to be a major issue in the coming year.  Pray that God would open the eyes of our lawmakers and instill in them a longing to see righteousness upheld in our state and our country.  Until next time, grace and peace.

 

P.S. here is a link to the most recent article from the Washington Times that I read.  http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/jul/24/omalley-sees-hope-for-gay-marriage/

If you feel lead to speak out against this bill I strongly urge you to follow it in the media as closely as possible!

 

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2 thoughts on “Does God Care About Gay Marriage?

  1. Separation of church and state however requires us to remove God’s words from law making decisions. Gay people do not chose to be so, they are born with this tendency. Many even try very hard to deny it. And by denying who they truly are, then hurt the wife they married in order to live morally and in God’s likeness (since his mother was a nun before leaving the convent and marrying), and the child who found out and told the mother and had to confront him. If gays were more accepted as people the same way a blonde vs. A brunette is accepted, maybe so many people wouldn’t have had to suffer because he could have been true to himself instead of ashamed to be who he is because the world frowns upon it so much. He tried for 32 years to live the moral, God like life only to be a desperate soul always wanting to commit suicide and telling his family this because he can’t come to terms with who he is because of the label society/religion has put on being gay. Maybe if gay marriage is more accepted other families and children won’t have to suffer through what I’ve suffered my entire life because my dad is gay and tried so hard not to be.

  2. I’m deeply sorry for what you and your family, especially your dad, has experienced throughout the years. It breaks my heart to see people’s lives devastated by the effects of sin (of both sides). The most amazing aspect of God is the compassion He has for the suffering. God’s heart is as infinite as He is and He always cares for each of us, especially when we suffer. Now please don’t take my head off when I call your dad a sinner, but he is. We all are. I am not condemning your dad or any other gay person for that matter but the problem remains that he is a sinner just like I am a sinner and we all deserve the just wrath of God for our sins (which are too many to be named). Regardless of the sexual orientation of your father, he remains a sinner for a great many other things and worthy of eternal condemnation by the hand of God if he doesn’t repent of his sins and trust in Jesus to forgive him. On behalf of all instituted religion, especially Christianity, I apologize for any mistreatment or injustice towards your father or your family on behalf of his sexual orientation. The church is made up of sinful human beings who still fail to represent the God they serve. Although we strive to be like Christ we regularly fall short and need God’s forgiveness every day.

    But regardless of whether or not a person can choose to be gay or is born with that tendency is irrelevant to God. Homosexuality is a sin plain and simple. There is no grey area here, it’s either black or white and I’m not talking about skin color. Every single human being is a sinner by nature AND choice. Because we disobeyed God in Genesis 3 we are born with a deadly disease called sin and it ravages our souls to no end and puts us in a state of constant rebellion against God and His holiness. Our natural state as a result of the Fall in Genesis 3 is a sin nature that is more pervasive than the deadliest pandemic virus. Sin is literally embedded in our DNA and that is what causes perversions such as homosexuality, bestiality, bisexuality, pedophilia, and any other sexual perversion you can think of. We are all born with certain proclivities of sin and we are helpless to choose otherwise.

    On the other hand, we are sinners by choice as well. Because of our sin nature we inherited from our parents Adam and Eve we are completely unable to choose righteousness over sin. We will always align ourselves with Satan over God. The Bible says our hearts are darkened, we lack understanding, and we have all turned away and there is not one who does good. Even our good deeds are like filthy rags compared to God’s holiness and perfection.

    But there is good news for sinners. Jesus Christ lived a perfect life and died on the cross for our sins. He lived the life we couldn’t live and died as our substitute to forgive ALL our sins if we trust in His death. God calls all people to repent of their sins and believe. This is the pathway to eternal life with God, all who would turn from their sins and believe in Jesus Christ will have their sins forgiven and live forever with God in heaven enjoying the blessings of perfect obedience from a gracious and merciful God.

    Homosexuality is just one of the sins that must be repented of in order to be saved. I’m sorry if this sounds harsh, but I cannot compromise my position for the sake of softness and sensitivity. I hold this truth so passionately that there is no compromise for any reason. God’s Word is clear and God will show no quarter to those who neglect Him and ignore His warnings. You and your family are in my prayers and I pray that your father would be comforted by God who intimately knows all of our sufferings and longs to have mercy and compassion on us if we trust in Jesus.

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