Who Defines Marriage Anyway?
This post is from David Arthur, CEO of Precept Ministries International.
Who gets to set the rules?
Who determines what is “ok” and what is not? Is it by general consensus? Do we simply go with the majority? Yikes! Remember the book “Lord of the Flies”? How did a majority rule work in that scenario? Not very well I’d say.
Our country is making some big decisions about marriage right now. One poll reported almost half of America believes the original definition is no longer valid. Church leaders are popping into the conversation challenging the “old” definition of marriage.
Where did Marriage come from? Did the Jews or the Babylonians create it? Were “cavemen” married, of did they just grab someone by the hair and drag them home? No.
God HIMSELF created marriage.
Actually it was His original idea. When did He create it? The Bible tells us it was the very same day God created man and woman. Genesis 2:21–24says so – listen in -
21 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22 The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” 24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
This is the very first marriage. Was there a committee involved? Certainly not! It was created by the CREATOR! You see - God makes the rules because God makes us. Life, reality, relationships all come from God. There is no life apart from Him. There is no marriage outside of His definition. Marriage is between a man and woman.
Redefining Marriage is NOT our option!
So let us pray that our Supreme Court and the courts in our states - recognize that Marriage is not up for redefining. It has already been defined – by God Almighty. The Creator of man and woman.
What should you do?
- Pray for the manner in which believers around this country speak of the people wanting to be in a homosexual or lesbian marriage.
- Pray that we would not be superior, ignoring or ugly to people who are struggling with same sex attraction.
- Ask God to fill us with hearts of compassion and mercy for everyone who is caught in the deception of sin.
- Remember to put your hope and trust in God alone.
- Pray that the justices of the Supreme Court remember that righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 14:34)
Study the Bible for yourself.
Find out what the Bible teaches about sexuality and marriage. These resources are great for taking you straight to Scripture so you can see exactly what God says.