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State of Marriage

26 Jun

Considering the cover story of Vanity Fair is the story of Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner’s transgender change, and considering Entertainment Weekly recently published an issue devoted to LGBT in media, it should come as no surprise the US Supreme Court ruled today that same-sex marriage is now legal.

It should also come as no surprise that the court’s ruling was a split vote, a 5-4 majority. Like our nation, the Supreme Court is not unanimous in its opinion.

While the highest court in the land has ruled that same-sex marriage is now legal, the highest judge in the universe still maintains the definition established at the beginning of time.

Genesis 2:24 – Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Matthew 19:4–5 – He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?

Ephesians 5:31–32 – “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.

At my daughter’s wedding last week, I spoke about the importance of defining a marriage by what Scripture says.

What is a husband? What is a wife? What is your respective role and responsibility in marriage? How do you carry out that role? How do you fulfill that responsibility?

There are a variety of resources you can turn to in order to find an answer. You can turn to culture. How does the world, the media, society define the role of husband and wife?

You can turn to other Christians. What do your friends, your parents, bestselling Christian authors say about marriage?

You can examine your capabilities, your skills, your gifts, and your abilities. Based on what you discover, you can define how you will relate to one another.

Or you can turn to the commandments of Scripture. What does the Bible say about the role and responsibility of a husband and a wife? Now it shouldn’t surprise you that as your dad and as a pastor, that’s the one I recommend.

Rather than asking what the Supreme Court, the White House, or Entertainment Weekly says about marriage, we need to ask, “What does the Bible say about marriage?”

Regardless of what is determined to be legal or illegal, popular or unpopular, I know that I will one day stand before a much higher judge. He will ask whether or not I obeyed his commandments in Scripture. Though it is clearly counter-cultural, I choose to follow God’s instructions.

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2015 in Marriage, News stories, Scripture

 

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