What God Says About Gay Marriage
- Tuesday, July 13, 2004
On May 17, 2004, the State of Massachusetts recognized a thousand same-sex weddings. A cultural bomb exploded. This week, Senators will vote on the Marriage Act, a constitutional amendment that defines and protects one man-one woman marriage. What does the Bible have to say about this? What does God have to say about gay marriage? I can't think of a more timely topic.
The recent move toward the legalization of homosexual marriage leaves many people searching for answers. On one hand they see no problem with the idea. They have homosexual relatives or friends. They watch "Will and Grace" or "Ellen DeGeneres" on television. They look at such people and think - what's wrong? Why would same-sex marriage be an issue?
Yet, at the same time, unrest rumbles within. How will homosexuality impact our culture? What about the spread of disease? If gay lifestyle and gay marriage is endorsed - what follows? Polygamy? Legalized incest? If we can't draw a line, will lines be drawn at all? Many wrestle with such questions.
Those of a Judeo-Christian background ask a more fundamental question. What Does God Say about Gay Marriage? For the God-fearer, God's voice trumps all polls, politicians, studies, and sitcoms. So it is to this question we turn our attention this morning. Dividing it into three sub-questions will offer a helpful outline.
What Does God Say About Marriage?
Follow the institution of the family upriver to her headwaters and you'll hear God resolve: "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." (Gen. 2:18 NIV)
God created marriage. No government subcommittee envisioned it. No social organization developed it. Marriage was conceived and born in the mind of God. His phrase, "I will make..." suggests a plan. And the phrase: "I will make a helper suitable for him..." envisions a special partnership. For the woman to be described as a "helper" is anything but demeaning. The same word is used elsewhere (Ex. 18:4; Ps. 121: 1,2) to describe God. The wife, then, is a godlike presence for the man. Hebrew scholars interpret the phrase " a helper suitable" as meaning "exact correspondence." Marriage is a divine match-what one lacks, the other supplies. This was God's plan.
He gives Adam a task. "The man gave names to all the tame animals...But Adam did not find a helper that was right for him." (Gen.2:20 NCV)
The point of the animal parade is clear: no animal could offer what Adam needed. A special act of creation was necessary. So God created Eve. From the frame of man, God made woman. She was of equal value, born of the same father, but she was different. When Adam saw Eve, he knew he'd met his match-his perfect match. His, and mankind's, first spoken words trumpeted the harmony between man and woman. "Finally!" he declares, "Bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh! Name her Woman for she was made from Man." (Gen. 2:23 MSG)
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