Responding to the Supreme Court on Marriage

Four brief comments about the Supreme Court rulings this past week regarding homosexual relationships. First, we need to remember that we are debating human laws – laws that come and go, laws that attempt to regulate human behavior, but ultimately, these laws do not govern reality. Whatever the Supreme Court says today or tomorrow, our God defines marriage, and because He created and sustains all things by the Word of His power, reality remains what God says, and not what the Supreme Court says. Supposedly, Abraham Lincoln once asked the question: “How many legs does a dog have if we call the tail a leg?” And the answer is of course, four. Calling a tail a leg does not make it a leg, and calling a homosexual union a marriage does not make it a marriage. Marriage, as defined by God, is a covenant relationship between a man and a woman, and reality is not up for review by any human court. This means that as we talk about these things, we should not dignify this sin with the term “marriage”, because marriage remains what God says it is, not what the Supreme Court says that it is.

Second, we need to remember that our hope is not in DOMA or Proposition 8. Our hope is in the atoning death and justifying resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. Laws, parties, people and nations come and go, but Christ is building His Church, and when kings of the earth and rulers attempt to cast off His bonds, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit laugh together until the tears run down their cheeks. A few tiny little people put on black superhero costumes and attempt to remake the world by the power of their words, and in a few years they will be forgotten, and Christ will be ruling and reigning, drawing the hearts of all men to Himself.

Third, we need to recognize that while these decisions do not affect our ultimate hope, there will be far-reaching and destructive consequences for our nation, including people that we know and love. People who pursue these relationships are disobeying God, which is not only wrong, but harmful to themselves. Further, the reasoning behind these laws represent a serious threat to religious freedom. Justice Kennedy’s strange logic renders people who oppose this perversion to be enemies of humanity, reminiscent of Jesus’ words in John 16 that people who persecute Christians think that they are rendering God a service. It also means that if things continue down this road, and I am not in jail in a few years, I will have failed to be a faithful minister, because my job, and the job of all faithful Christians, is to speak and live God’s truth, regardless of how that may be perceived by those around us.

Fourth, our greatest weapon as we fight this particular issue will be to cultivate God-honoring marriages. If we campaign and complain, protest and fight (which we should do), but fail to speak gently to our spouses, fail to remain faithful to our spouses, and fail to lay down our lives for our spouses, we are resounding gongs and clanging cymbals. Date night may well be more important than voting, although they are not mutually exclusive. Husbands, love your wives, wives, see that you respect your husbands. This is a visible testimony of the gospel to the world, and this is what will overcome the world, even our faith.

Posted on Tuesday, July 02, 2013 by CJ Bowen