As I became aware of the decisions regarding same sex marriage by the Supreme Court yesterday, I must admit I shed a tear for my country. At the same time, I was very proud of Justices Scalia and Alito for having the courage to speak out regarding what they clearly saw as a decision not well founded.
So this leaves us Christians with a big question. Is "real" marriage dead? Did it suffer a fatal blow yesterday? In discussing this question I think it is important to look at the term "real" which I deliberately included.
The term marriage has clearly been turned upside down by the Court. And while it is currently limited in its application to federal issues and one state, California, I have no doubt that this Administration and organizations such as the ACLU will put on a full court press to have its impact made mandatory throughout the fifty states. These forces have no interest in what those who oppose their views deem to be appropriate and moral, they merely want to jam their views down the throat of the rest of us, similar to what the federal government has done with so many legislative issues.
So, I guess marriage as we know it did die yesterday, but let's take a moment and look at what I call "real" marriage. Real marriage to me is the Holy Sacrament of Marriage as established by God which is a union of man and woman. I think that we Christians must hold to this definition in our own lives if we truly want to live our lives according to His Word.
When the Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Romans which is quoted above, he made it clear that any other arrangement involving sexual relations would violate God's Law. So if we want to truly live as God demands us to and to be worthy of living with Him in eternity when this life is done, it is important that we follow that law. In so doing, we are not condemning anyone else for their actions since they are not for us to judge, God alone will sit in judgment over their actions at the Judgment, a day which we all will face. But we must not condone what we find to be sinful while we can still love the sinner.
We have a tough road ahead for us, Christian believers, but we were never promised a golden path. We will be tested up until the day we die, and this is just another of those tests. The way you respond will be watched and noted by God above. Be ever mindful of this and act accordingly.
May God be with you all and may His spirit be with us forever.
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