|Montreal, September 27, 2003 / No 129
by Scott Carpenter
I can't get over the furor around the "same sex marriage issue." It's not that I'm for it, it's just that I don't understand the shock and dismay behind it. I keep asking myself: "In a society that allows government to license and therefore define a personal relationship, what do you expect?"
Moreover, does it really matter what the government says about the issue?
Just because the state redefines an ancient and primarily biblical term
doesn't mean that term suddenly loses its meaning or intent. That is unless
you consider marriage to be a strictly legal institution, in which case
I say to you: sorry, you lose. The government wins. They (the courts and
the legislature) do, after all, define all things legal.
Of course if you view marriage as a spiritual or holy union (and not a legal one) then you really have nothing to fear. Gays can't be married in biblical terms no matter who redefines what in any legal dictionary, statute or code.
The Bible clearly defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. A union between a man and a man is sin – biblically speaking. There's no getting around that fact. From a Christian view point two men living together in a carnal relationship is no more marriage than jumping out of an airplane without a parachute on is flying.
Undoubtedly, people from conservative and Christian backgrounds will have trouble separating the two concepts. Some will even argue that legally defining such a relationship as marriage weakens the institution of the family. To this I would simply answer that many things threaten the institution of every family. As for "The Family" as an institution or entity in and of itself, well it simply does not exist any more than the "Universal Church" does. What does exist is your family and mine, our church and yours. And our families and churches will survive this and much greater tribulations if we teach them Godly morals and the value of liberty for all.
Indeed, although we may view gay relationships with dismay and pray for the salvation of those who are involved in them, we cannot tell people what they may and may not do or call themselves even if the dictionary or the Bible clearly states something "just isn't so." Ultimately, as my brother once said to me, "There's nothing I can do for you but pray. The rest is between you and God."
And finally, homosexuals who believe they've won some moral battle by having the state change the legal definition of marriage had better consider this: if the state requires you to hold a license for something you consider to be a "right," is it then truly a right? Never forget, what the government giveth, the government may take away.
In an ideal world the gays and lesbians who started this thing rolling would have fought for the abolition of marriage licensing altogether. Alas, all they have done in this latest legal debacle is slip into the same trap we Christians did so many years ago, when we decided marriage should be a legal contract sanctioned by government instead of a holy union between a man, a woman and God.
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