SUPREME COURT DECISION
Yesterday, the Justices of the Supreme Court of America rendered a decision stating that marriage between same sex lovers was something to be allowed and protected by the Constitution. A recent Gallup poll taken in late May, 2015, reported that 8 out of 10 young adults favor gay marriage. The poll said the trend for those approving such a union has been climbing rapidly for the last few years. The May report said that, across the board, 55 % of the Americans polled favored marital rights for gays (same-sex marriages).
Newscasts I saw yesterday evening lauded the Supreme Court decision (a decision decided by a vote of five to four) as being just. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote, “No longer may this liberty be denied,” Justice Kennedy wrote for the majority in the historic decision. “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were.” One account reported that Justice Kennedy wiped tears of joy from his eyes as he gave his opinion of the decision. I cried too! His were tears of joy and mine were tears of extreme sorrow. I believe God cried tears of sorrow too!
President Obama welcomed the decision, saying it “affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts.” “Today,” he said, “we can say, in no uncertain terms, that we have made our union a little more perfect.” How is our union made more perfect when we disobey the laws of God?
Chief Justice Roberts responded that “people of faith can take no comfort in the treatment they received from the majority today.” Chief Justice Roberts also said that only 11 states and the District of Columbia had embraced the right to same-sex marriage democratically, at voting booths and in legislatures. The rest of the 37 states that allow such unions did so because of court rulings.
This sad ruling is contrary to the Holy Bible and brings me to tears for the moral state of our Nation. Men of authority have no right to change God’s law on marriage to suit the wishes of the people. Doing so will only bring disaster upon our Nation.
The question must be asked, “Who has the right to decide who is eligible for marriage?” The answer is: God, alone, has the right to determine whether same-sex marriage is acceptable or not. The first book in the Bible, Genesis, gives the precedent for lawful marital union. The first marriage was between Adam and Eve, a man and a woman. God, Himself, gave divine approval on their marriage shortly after he created Adam. Adam, a manm was given Eve, a woman, to be his wife. Scripture says “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”, Genesis 2:24. No authorization for same-sex marriage can be found in Scripture.
Some will say, “times have changed”. Have they? In Jesus’ day the Pharisees came to the Lord and asked, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” Matthew 19:3. Obviously this question refers to the marriage between a man and a woman. Jesus’ reply came from Genesis 2:24, the passage noted above. Therefore, it is obvious that from the time of creation until Jesus’ day marriage was to occur between a man and a woman. Jesus did not have same-sex marriage under consideration when He replied to the Pharisees.
In the New Testament, the church age, we learn that God condemns homosexual activities. The apostle Paul wrote, “For this reason God gave hem up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error,” Romans 1:26-27.
Nowhere does the Bible indicate approval for same-sex marriage nor does He authorize sexual activity outside of marriage. Unfortunately, our Nation long ago turned a blind eye to sex among consenting adults and is now more accepting of same-sex marriages. I am convinced unauthorized sexual activity brings tears of sorrow to the God of heaven.
However, there is something much worse than tears of sorrow. That is the wrath of God against those who follow a sinful lifestyle. In Genesis 19 God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for their sinful practices. You only have to read the text to see that some of the men of the city wanted to engage in same-sex relationships with the angels of the Lord who came to rescue righteous Lot. Ezekiel 16:58 informs us that residents of these two cities were engaged in lewdness.
I fear that America is going down the same path ancient Israel followed during their early days in the Promised Land. Just like the early Israelites, we have raised up a generation that does not know the Lord nor His Holy Book. Twice in the book of Judges we read, “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes,” Judges 17:6; 21:25. Their efforts to serve God according to man’s wisdom brought the Nation nothing but sorrow and servitude. Only when they turned back to God and His will were they a blessed nation.
We need to realize that the men who comprise the Supreme Court are not Gods. They are mere mortals just like you and me. It is not for them to upgrade God’s law on marriage. They do not have the wisdom to do that. “I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps,” Jeremiah 10:23. What was true in Jeremiah’s day is true today. Without God’s instruction book (the Bible) in our hands we cannot – we will not – make proper moral decisions. Man cannot improve upon what God has written. God commanded Moses to write, “You shall not add to the word that I command you nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God,” Deuteronomy 4:2. The words of Agur, son of Jakeh are, “Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar,” Proverbs 30:6.
The authorization of same-sex marriage in America is wrong. It violates the clear evidence that God intended marriage to be between one man and one woman. We can make such marriages legal in America if we wish but we cannot make it acceptable in the eyes of God.
A CALL FOR REPENTANCE AND PRAYER! Yes, we as a Nation, need to repent and pray for a return to the morality found in the Holy Bible. Only then can we expect God to bless our Nation. Believers need to take a stand for God. Be like Peter and John who were commanded by the political leaders of Jerusalem to keep silent. Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than man,” Acts 5:29. Christians! Arise and speak clearly on God’s will concerning marriage. He would have us to be bold and clear on the matter. As for me, I must speak. I must teach that God only authorized marriage between and a man and a woman. That, and that alone, is acceptable to God. Were our nation to return to God it would be a day when God cried again. Only this time, it will be tears of joy! What do you say? Are you ready to make God happy? Doing so will make us a blessed people.