November 20, 2006

You Believe in the Sanctity of Marriage? SHOW ME!

A majority of states in America now have constitutional amendments protecting the natural definition of marriage.

This past election cycle, people with moral convictions were excited that seven more states passed marriage amendments bringing to 27 the number of states nationwide that have adopted amendments aimed at prohibiting "gay marriage." Arizona, at the time of this writing was still undecided after a close count.

The seven states passed the amendments with an average of 64 percent of the vote. In Colorado, people with moral underpinnings celebrated twice, watching the amendment win easily while also helping defeat Referendum I, which would have granted same-sex couples many of the legal benefits of marriage.

What I want to track on is a typical comment I read after the elections from conservative Glen Lavy, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund. Lavy said, "This shows that, nationwide, Americans still support marriage. "They know that marriage is the union of a man and a woman and they're willing to say so by their votes."

Certainly nothing surprising there and don’t misunderstand my comments that follow but people of so-called moral conviction need to honestly put up or shut up. What do I mean? We need to take our indignation against the bastardization of God’s plan for marriage beyond our intellectual commitment to a definition.

We can talk about the sanctity of marriage all we want but it rings just a bit hollow and hugely hypocritical when you look at the state of marriage by those of us doing the squawking!

Half the marriages today—even by Christians—end in divorce. Of the half of the marriages that don’t end in divorce, half of those are hardly relationships anyone would want and the rest are pretty much two people living under the same roof as roommates either out of financial convenience or for the sake of the kids.

So our rants about the sanctity of marriage just don’t carry much of a wallop and worse, even fuel the fires of those who want to reshape what everyone knows in their hearts is right. So do you support marriage; don’t tell me “Of course!” with a certain disdain in your tone simply by being asked the question, SHOW ME!

“Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her.” Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus. Did you hear that?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Husbands, love your wives..." AND "Wives, submit to your husbands..."

The Bible has the most perfect pieces of advice available for husbands and wives.

Amen, Pastor Bill!

3:45 PM  
Blogger PaulTarsus said...

Yes, amen. A challenge that should be presented to husbands, frequently and fervantly. We all need the reminder.
I see this in the Scripture as more then ''advice''. Rather it is a COMMAND...the supreme responsibility of husbands in regard to their wives.
We are COMMANDED to love them with unreserved, selfless and sacraficial love..the same as Christ has for His Church. Christ gave everything, even His life for the Church, that must be the standard of sacrifice for a husband's love of his wife.
We are further commanded in Colossians to ''not be bitter toward them''. The form of the Greek verb would be better stated ''do not have the habit of being bitter''. Husbands must not be resentful or harsh towards their wives.

9:40 PM  

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