Boy, am I ever TIRED of all the mess of marriage and Gay rights. With no good and reasonable end in sight, I am just despairing in my heart for even a civil discussion on the issue. The California Supreme Court ruling and all the recriminations that are bantered around are so very troublesome. It just wearies my soul! Jesus come quickly!
One of the major arguments that is given for allowing Gays to be married is that it is a matter of equal, or civil, rights. If we don’t think about it too much, this seems like a very wonderful and powerful argument.
If we DO think about it, we will see that there is NO equal rights issue when it comes to our current marriage law!
Please ask yourself this question: Is it in any way true that a gay person is barred from getting married?
The answer is, of course: No! They can just as easily be married as any heterosexual person! There is no discrimination! The laws, however, state that they can only be married to a person of the opposite sex – just like they state that the person they are getting married to must be of a certain age and not be a brother or sister, and that they are not already married to someone else!
The fact is that hardly anything in life is applied equally to everyone. As a society we CAN AND DO decide that a person under 21 cannot consume alcohol, that only a doctor can perform an operation, and the list GOES ON! A civil rights or equal rights issue is one that is defined by race, not issues of behavior or what you choose to do with your life.
The issue of “Equal Rights” is just a convenient powder keg to get people’s blood boiling. The real issue is changing the definition of marriage and forcing society to throw out the obvious definition of marriage which has proven itself around the world since God created the world. The real issue is giving the same recognition and benefits to two very different kinds of relationships – all for the satisfaction of three and perhaps four percent of the population.
From the perspective of the Scripture, there really can be no serious debate about Gay marriage. However we cannot expect that Christian faith arguments would hold any weight for anyone else in this pluralistic nation – many who could care less about what Scripture states. If Christians want to defend what we believe is the way God intended marriage to be (for everyone, not just Christians), then it would behoove us to sharpen our minds and humbly and winsomely argue our position in non-religous ways.
The final thought (for now): There are some folks who like to say that the whole world will fall apart if the fight for traditional marriage is lost. If you haven’t noticed, it seems to me that the world has already fallen apart. We DO live in the End Times, do we not?! Gay marriage is only just ONE of the many ways that Satan is dissuading us from the Holy and bringing Judgment Day closer. However, for the forgiven Christian who sees Jesus and His love and holy and humble way, he/she has nothing to worry about. Life WILL get more difficult, no doubt, as Gay marriage will inevitably come to PA and the rest of the US (am I so despairing that I have already admitted defeat?!) Christians might not be able to win popularity or beauty contests anymore. Perhaps we won’t be able to get a job as easily as we did in the past. But we will always be ABLE to trust and follow our Lord when we rely on Him for strength and wisdom. Our Father God promises it! Praise God!
Feel free to comment – gently and in Christian love – please!
UPDATE: I am JUST hearing that plans are underway by Sen. Daylin Leach to introduce a Gay marriage bill here in the PA Legislature. In the email I got the quote goes as such:
Leach noted that after the recent passing of same-sex marriage legislation in New Hampshire and Maine, and the rapidly expanding list of states considering the approval of same-sex marriage, it is time for Pennsylvania to act.
“In the past few weeks, several states have legalized same-sex marriage, and many will soon follow suit,” Leach said. “There has never been a more propitious time for Pennsylvania to embrace equality and enshrine the civil right of all Pennsylvanians to marry.”