Following the United States Supreme Court decision this past week to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and to essentially reverse California’s Proposition 8, many are rejoicing that “marriage equality” has been affirmed by the court. However, like the term “pro-choice”, “marriage equality” obscures the truth rather than expresses it. Marriage, according to the Bible, is the union of one man and one woman. No other relationship can ever rightfully be called marriage.
The sexual revolution of the past fifty years has inflicted great pain and sorrow upon millions in the form of broken hearts, sexually transmitted diseases, abortion, abandoned children and abandoned husbands and wives. Now we have the added confusion and distortion of gender identity and unnatural sexual expression. This societal experiment in sexuality unhinged from God’s created order will result in greater and more widespread sorrow and heartache.
As sinful people who understand the pull of sin and who have experienced Christ’s redeeming and transforming grace, let us live the gospel and “shine like stars” in our “crooked and depraved generation” as we “hold out the word of life” (Philippians 2:15). And let us be intentional about modeling marriage as God defines and orders it – the lifelong union of one man and one woman.
These are days of opportunity for the proclamation of the gospel. The darker the night, the more brightly the stars shine. Let’s be joyful, hopeful, faithful ambassadors for King Jesus by living out Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Let’s be who we are – beacons of light inviting people to find refuge in the sin-forgiving, life-transforming gospel of Christ. Wes Macy