Well, since I’m going to give this idea a try, there’s no point in waiting around: Let’s just jump into the fire…
There’s been something bugging me that I want to talk about a little bit:
When I was in the Washington area, the US Supreme Court announced its decision to over turn the Defense of Marriage Act. Now to be honest, this wasn’t much of a surprise, and it is really only the catalyst for the thing that bugs me. When this happened, I happened to be tuned to a local D.C. radio program that plays Classical music (keep that in mind) when they broke in with a big news bulletin. Now here’s the thing, the announcer out on the street began his report by saying: “Church bells are ringing all over the city at this hour in celebration of the historic decision just announced by the Supreme Court…”
That’s the thing that got my attention: “Church bells ringing all over the city”
He went on to describe the great day of “freedom” for all same-sex couples and so on…
Aside from the fact that the “report” was as much an opinion piece as a news bulletin, I’d like to know who came up with the brilliant idea that this was a time for churches to celebrate freedom? Yeah, yeah, I really do know the answer to that one, but think about it for a sec, I really don’t have a problem with non-Christians who behave like non-Christians.
Christians on the other hand, are a different matter. “Churches” are supposed to be composed of people who follow Jesus Christ, are they not? Is the Bible’s teaching on marriage open to interpretation? Is it vague or ambiguous? As I recall it, “marriage” was ordained by God, not by the State. God did so in the very beginning, at the dawn of time, and it was clearly and distinctly reinforced by our Lord in the New Testament, and it seems to hinge around the ability to do things like “become one flesh” and to be “fruitful and multiply.” Unless I misunderstood what they taught me in health class back in 1970, same-sex couples can’t do that.
Christians, churches, pastors, ministers, priests and clergy of whatever title; do you not know this? Surely you don’t need me to remind you, but if you do, drop me a note and I’ll give you the Bible references so you can refresh your recollection.
One last point: Please don’t get the idea that I am for passing laws against same-sex relationships or that I would mind all that much if they passed some kind of civil union laws. (See, I can irritate everybody!) I do not want the government to legislate my preferences in these matters, nor do I see our purpose as Christians as being to form political action groups to force these things on non-believers. Our purpose is, as I see it, to win the lost for Christ and to make disciples.
If we get the job done that the Lord has given us, we really won’t need to worry much about what Congress is up to, will we?