Why the Church Must Care About Marriage

In about 60 days, Washington State will vote on the definition of marriage.
 
This decision will be a definitive moment in the history of our state, and possibly in our nation. 
 
Washington could become the first jurisdiction in the history of human civilization that went to the ballot and voted for same-sex “marriage”. The eyes of the world will be on us.  Those hoping to redefine marriage believe victory in Washington will break that dam that will ultimately take it to the rest of the nation and eventually the world. 
 
One of the questions still to be answered is how the churches, and those within them, will respond to this issue.
 
Many churches are pretending the issue doesn’t exist because “we don’t do politics”—as if there is a closet somewhere God shoved a few things in and said, “I don’t really care about that stuff, don’t bother talking or thinking about it.” 
 
I routinely encounter people who agree with me philosophically, but wonder why it really matters. They don’t think redefining marriage would be good public policy, but they wonder if it’s really worth all the fuss.
 
If you are such a person, let’s go back to the beginning for a moment.
 
In the Garden of Eden, before sin entered the world, the serpent asked Eve, “Did God really say that if you eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that you would surely die?”  Of course she knew that He had, but ultimately she convinced herself that disobedience would not actually lead to death, as God said, but would actually make her more like God.
 
And so it began.
 
Ever since, we’ve been telling ourselves not only that we know more than God, but that in doing so we are becoming more godlike.  Fascinating, isn’t it? 
 
We have all had similar moments in our personal lives where we decided we knew better than God and inevitably suffered the consequences. 
 
So it is culturally, as well.
 
The debate over the definition of marriage in Washington is really a question of whether we know more than God. 
 
Of course we don’t. 

It is the churches in Washington who should have the best grasp on this reality and should be the most eager to communicate this not only to each other, but to the world around them.  

The churches should also be most acutely aware of the fact that you can’t start acting like you know better than God and not deal with the consequences. That’s the nature of pride, it always precedes a fall.

We apply this fairly well to individuals, but less effectively to culture.

The advantage we have in a cultural debate is that we actually have some influence in the decisions that are made.

So the question we have to answer is whether we are going to graciously use the cultural influence we have in an effort to prevent the inevitable harm that would result from telling God we know better than him, or whether we will surrender our influence, try to keep the peace, and promise to be around to help pick up the pieces.

Maybe we should pray about it. 
 
 
 

Comments:

Posted by Eric Prendergast on September 10, 2012
Wake up people , There is no god
Posted by Scott on September 6, 2012
I am a lover of the gospels ,Jesus is my friend...We live in a democratic country AMERICA..as jesus wants my integretiy i must vote if it doesnt go my way ,As an American I must be ok with that or I should move , Christianity should follow the words of casting crowns "TO MANY PEOPLE ONLY KNOW WHAT WE ARE AGAINST NOT WHAT WE ARE FOR " Lets start sharing the love of our creator ! remember we have all fallen short of the glory of God..
Posted by patricia perez on September 6, 2012
I don't understand why this is happening again...After all the Lord distroyed Sodom & Gamora.I am a God fearing Lady I Love everyone but I HATE THE SIN some are in... MANY Blessing to All
Posted by Liberty on September 5, 2012
The church does not own marriage. The church shouldn't have the power to decide who I can marry. It's not anybody's business but my own. If the battle is truly about the "sanctity" of marriage, then I suggest perhaps the church should get involved in stopping divorce first, or do you not claim that divorce is only between a man and a woman too? Why isn't there a DODA to go along with DOMA. Shame on the hypocrites!
Posted by Lois Sharpe on September 5, 2012
I don't need to pray about it. God is against it and so am I. I would rather please God than man. I love these people but cannot agree with their sin.
Posted by Chris Neil on September 5, 2012
Pretty slick article, never actually saying that you neither condone or disagree with same sex marriage. But simply suggesting that those people who believe in same sex marriage arrogantly claim to "know more" than God. The definition of marriage has never been only about a man and a woman who love each other but when two people love each other. Anyone who thinks same-sex marriage is about SEX needs to rethink why people get married.
Posted by Denny Strand on September 5, 2012
I completely agree. Marriage between a man and a woman is God's directive from the beginning of time.....anything contrary is simply LUST & DEPRAVITY! I wouldn't be a bit surprised if we see another Sodom & Gamora coming to America this time. God will not be mocked. We, as followers of Jesus Christ, must love what God loves and....hate what God hates.
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