Christianity and Same Sex Marriage

The California Supreme Court recently ruled something on the order that the state had no interest or reason to keep same sex individuals from getting married.  Just recently ran into these couple paragraphs from a Catholic Bishop in California… wise words indeed I think:

Bishop Allen Vigneron of Oakland, California, writing in the diocesan paper says: “We appear to be heading—at least for a time—toward a social order in which same-sex couples will be able to contract marriage. This is a profoundly significant matter. . . . Marriage is a reality authored by God in his very act of creating the human race. According to his irrevocable plan, the marriage relationship is only possible between one man and one woman. The purposes of this relationship are (1) the mutual loving support of husband and wife and (2) their loving service of life by bringing children into the world and raising them to be virtuous and productive. The experience of history—both ancient and in our own time—has taught us that no government has the power to change the order which God has inscribed in our nature.

“This conviction about marriage, while confirmed by faith, can be known from reason. Therefore, our efforts to enshrine this wisdom about marriage in the laws of our community are not an imposition of an ideology but a service of the truth which we make for the common good. This wisdom about the nature of marriage is not a form of discrimination, but undergirds our freedom to live according to God’s plan for us.

There are times when I just want to give up on the efforts to keep heterosexual marriage the law of the land.  There are time I just want to propose that we let the world go as they want.  I say “Christians will be Christians and follow their pattern after the Lord.  Let us just decide that we can live happily together even though we think and live differently.”  However, there are a couple problems with giving up the “fight” for keeping marriage as an institution between a man and a woman in our country.  As I see it:

  1. No one will “happily” live with the Christian who lives opposed to same-sex marriage.  In the end it is a matter of self preservation for Christians.  For even myself, but most certainly my children, it will become more and more difficult to have the “freedom” to live out our calling as Godly families.  
  2. As the Cardinal intimates, same sex marriages will further undermine the fabric of the whole of society, which, of course, is already under extreme pressure – mostly because heterosexual marriage is practiced in such a disingenuous manner – even by those who call themselves Christians. 
Is it “worth” it for the Christian to keep fighting for the obvious definition of marriage?  Absolutely.  Unfortunately this is one of those issues which has the capacity to, by itself, fracture and split the church.  Satan will use it to draw attention away from Christ and his salvation.  People WILL use it as an excuse to shed the shackles of (what they see as) God’s antiquated ways.  There will be more than a few, with unthinking and blinded hearts disown Him and forsake the faith.  But no doubt there will also be a few humble hearts who will not be swayed by the gods of this world.  Perhaps there will be some who will have the courage to reason objectively and with love and kindness lead the world in a better way, down a better path, a path that conforms with God’s most holy way.  And we ALL will be blessed because of it.
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