Over the past couple of days people have asked me what I think about Amendment 1, or more simply, the amendment that would affectively define marriage as between a man and a woman. So I have decided to write this post, not only to express my opinions, but also to help some of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ deal with this issue. I hope that the following five points will help you come to a decision.
1.) Marriage is a bond between a Man and a Woman that represents Christ love for the Church- The Bible expressively states that God created Man and Woman for the purpose of uniting in Marriage. The New Testament goes further by comparing marriage to Christ’s relationship with the Church. Homosexual marriage does not fulfill what God ordained from creation as his sovereign plan for humanity. I’m stating this point because although I am against amendment one I do not support homosexual marriage.
2.) Not Everyone is a Christian- I can not help but think of Christians in other Countries who face persecution and oppression because they do not believe the “right” things. I do not want to subjugate the homosexual community to Christian morals. Even though homosexuality rebels against God (aka sin) passing legislation to determine morality seems wrong. Could you imagine if we passed legislation for every sin, we would find ourselves in a heap of trouble.
3.) Legislation does not change the heart- Piggy backing off of point two, passing legislation to define marriage does nothing in the long run but deny a group of people something they want. ONLY the gospel can transform hearts! Take the time to share the Gospel with a homosexual.
4.) Jesus died for everyone- Passing this legislation will alienate the Christians and homosexuals, and create a huge gap between the two parties. I do not want homosexuals to think of Christians as mortal enemies. After all, Jesus died to open the door of salvation for everyone, not just white evangelical republicans.
5.) There is no Such thing as homosexual marriage in the eye’s of God- (This point is from Pastor John Piper). the Bible defines homosexual behavior as “dishonorable” and “shameless” and “contrary to nature” (Romans 1:26-27), but on the other hand the Bible says that marriage is to be “held in honor” (Hebrews 13:4). Marriage does not produce shame. And marriage is not contrary to nature. There is therefore no such thing as homosexual marriage in the eyes of God. And there should not be in the eyes of his people—no matter what the state says.
There you have it, no matter what the state says, yes or no, homosexual marriage does not exist in the eyes of God! However, I believe this bill to effectively define marriage, through legislation, will do more bad than good. I’ll leave you with the words of Piper again, “The early Christians were profoundly out of step with their culture. The Imperial words of Christ were ringing in their ears: “You will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved” (Mark 13:13). Love your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44).That was a time, and this is a time, for indomitable and tearful joy and unwavering ministries of mercy. The greatness of Christian pilgrims is not success but service. Whether we win or lose, we witness to the way of truth and beauty and joy. We don’t own culture, and we don’t rule it. We serve it with brokenhearted joy and long suffering mercy, for the good of man and the glory of Jesus Christ.”