With New York state having now passed their law legalizing gay marriage, I thought I might as well add my voice to the cacophony of public opinion, just for heck of it. I don’t have much to say, so this should be brief and to the point.
There is no such thing as “gay marriage”.
Right, you heard me. It’s a myth. In fact, Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster have more credulity.
“But,” you say. “We now have 6 states in the Union that allow gay marriage – it’s no more a myth than Chris Hemsworth*, or the color green!”
Yes, well, whaling is illegal in Oklahoma – does that mean that we’re faced with a crippling whale shortage from dozens of Ahab wannabes? I think not. Whaling in Oklahoma is a myth – a law about it makes it no less so.
Here’s the deal: marriage is a God-thing, not a man-thing. By that I mean: God designed it, God ordained it, and that means God gets to define it. It also means that man can not re-define it.
When God speaks, what He says, is. No, I mean IS. So when He says “let there be light”, light is. No argument. No equivocation. No saying, “well, when God said light what He really meant was…”. No, no, light is. Period.
When men talk about “redefining marriage” it’s really just arrogant nonsense. God said, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” That’s the definition: 1 man + 1 woman = 1 flesh. To speak of “redefining” what God has defined… well, it’s like trying to re-define a boulder into a feather: call it what you will – heck, pass laws while you’re at it – but a boulder it remains and it will continue to retain the properties intrinsic to it with or without your consent, because God made it, not you.
So what I’m aiming at saying is basically summed up in the old adage, “a rose by any other name is still as sweet”. Call something what you want, put lipstick on a pig, rationalize your manipulation of language away – but you’re only fooling yourself.
Even though we as Christians may well be discouraged by this new development, we should never, ever begin to think that marriage has actually been redefined in New York, or anywhere else for that matter. To redefine it, those involved would need authority over it – and while our leaders certainly have a God-given authority, it does not extend to re-defining the very nature of the created order and, say, changing water into wine. That authority belongs only to God.
God’s word calls something, and it IS. Man’s word should therefore call something what it is.
When we call something what God has said it is, we are confessing (that is, “same-saying”) God’s word, the only truth. When we stop confessing (calling something what God has said it is), we will inevitably fall off into error and ultimately condemnation, because then we will again have succumbed to the old lie: “did God really say?”
Now then, how about that real presence?** 😉
*Chris Hemsworth played the mythical character Thor in the recent movie by the same name. I use his name here as an irony. Yes, I am aware that my sense of humor is starting to resemble Dennis Miller. Sorry, “babe”. 😉
**Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
– Matthew 26:26-28 (emphasis mine)