*The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Monday not to hear any of the seven same-sex marriage cases cleared the way for same-sex couples to wed in more added states across the country. Hooray for them (law is law), but as I stated before, why call it ‘marriage’? Why change God’s definition of marriage?
In a previous article I wrote titled ‘Marriage: Sorry that User Name is Taken,’ I proposed that the LGBT community come up with their own unique title for their civil unions. This is where separation of church and state should really come into play.
Just as a church could lose its tax-exempt status for endorsing a particular political party or candidate, it could also lose its effectual consecration in spiritual matters as standards become increasingly relaxed. The term ‘marriage’ is a Biblical standard that defines it as the union between a man and a woman. If we allow marriage to be redefined, what’s next? Will we then begin to erode the definitions of ‘man’ and ‘woman’? Aren’t our children going to be challenged enough that we have to leave them this legacy? I think it’s applicable what President Obama said when addressing global warming: ‘We cannot condemn our children, and their children, to a future that is beyond their capacity to repair.’
Wake up church – you have a responsibility in this! If the state will not allow you to impose your influence on the political scene, why let it impose something against God’s word upon you? What belongs to the state is the state’s, and what belongs to God is God’s. Jesus said in Matthew 22:21 ‘Therefore render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.’
Let’s keep marriage intact. When same-sex couples have the urge to merge, let them call it just that – a merge, not a marriage.
Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. Author of “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand” (Steuben Pub) www.amazon.com. E-mail: [email protected] Visit the author at www.larrybuford.com. (213) 220-8101