June 25, 2023

Respect for Marriage

Passage: Matthew 19:1-15

Every year, we recognize the last Sunday in January as Sanctity of Life Sunday. Someone came up with the idea that churches should promote the sanctity of life on the Sunday closest to Jan 22, because it was on that day in 1973 that the Supreme Court delivered its Roe vs. Wade decision which legalized abortion.

Thank God, Roe vs. Wade has been overturned. Thousands of babies have been born instead of being killed because that decision was overturned.

Roe v. Wade is only one aspect of a moral revolution that has been ongoing since the 1960s. That moral revolution gained another significant victory on June 26, 2015, when the Supreme Court released its opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges. That opinion reversed thousands of years of human tradition and law and made same-sex marriage legal in the US.

The Obergefell decision was not the end of the moral revolution; far from it. You might think that, since the moral revolutionaries had gained their desired goal, they would settle down and quit throwing the country into chaos. No, they got what they wanted and continued pushing for more.

Quote: Since Obergefell, the gay rights movement has morphed into a hostile movement that has moved beyond gay and lesbian issues to an alphabet soup of queer theory, commonly referred to as LGBTQ+, more fully known as LGBTQQIP2SAA or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Pansexual, Two-Spirited, and Asexual. Where the gay rights movement argued homosexuality was a biological reality, queer theorists argue everything everywhere is socially constructed and children themselves should be converted.[1]

Just as Christians have stood against abortion for the last 50 years, we now must stand against same-sex marriage and the accompanying moral chaos that has overtaken our nation. I doubt that there is any hope of ever overturning the Obergefell decision, but we need to be on record against it and in favor of traditional Christian marriage.

Christians need to stand against the immorality so common in our nation, and we need to provide an alternative vision for life. We need to have a very clear picture about what marriage and family ought to be. We need to know what the Bible teaches on these issues. We must know and put into practice the Christian worldview as it pertains to family life. We must respect Christian marriage. And it’s proper for us to dedicate some time to reviewing what the Bible says about this critical issue.

Quote:  As Christians, we need to do more than just reject their celebration of … deviancy and dangerous ideas …. We must proclaim a better way forward by highlighting the beauty and goodness of God’s design for marriage.[2]

As Christians, we must support and encourage what is good, what is beautiful, and what is true. God’s good, beautiful, and true plan for most people is traditional marriage. The unsaved world might reject that plan, but Christians must accept it, support it, and teach it.

Just like we have a Sanctity of Life Sunday in January, so we can have a Respect for Marriage Sunday today. Why should we respect Christian marriage?

[1] Erick Erickson, “Another Designated Sunday, Please.” World Magazine. https://wng.org/opinions/another-designated-sunday-please-1685489761

[2] Erickson

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