I know that many people are waiting with baited and stinky breath on the United States Supreme Court to tell us what the definition of marriage is according to the Constitution, but the Supreme Being of all eternity has already defined it for the Christian. In other words, it matters not what the Supreme Court says, as Christians, Jesus has done so for us.
Matthew 19:4-6 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
For those who don’t know, He was asked about lawful divorces, so the context of His statement is about marriage. He tells us what a marriage is: it is the joining of man and woman together as one flesh to the point that no man can separate that bond. This is God’s expressed will for mankind and the Christian when it comes to marriage. It is central to the family and how God chooses to work among His people.
It is also central to the imago Dei, or the image of God. When God creates man in the beginning, He does so in HIS image and this image is complete in marriage.
Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
The union that a man and woman have in marriage reflects the image that we have of God. He didn’t make us to be alone, but to be married before Him in this divine appointed state.
The reason Jesus states what He does to the Pharisees is to take them back to the beginning of how God created us and remind them, and us, that marriage is given by God. It is defined by God. It was not given so that we can decide what it should or can be. It is already defined for us.
As Christians, we don’t have a choice whether or not to accept the Supreme Court’s ruling if they decide to redefine marriage. Christians do not have that freedom. Our LORD and Savior has told us what it is, and to try and redefine it, or accept the Supreme Court’s ruling to the contrary, is to sin against God’s expressed will.
The sad reality in this case before the Supreme Court is that those nine justicies are arrogant in thinking that they have a right or responsibility to declare what marriage is to begin with. It takes a great deal of pride on their part to even think they have this responsibility given that the God of all creation has already defined it for us.
This is a barometer of how far our country has fallen from Biblical Truth. It tells us that our country has fallen into new low levels of idolatry in our pursuits of happiness. As a culture, we think we have a right to define what is and is not acceptable for our lives, but in reality we do not. Even if two men decide it is best for them to act like a married couple, they are still in sin against a holy God. To affirm those relationships in any way, is to suppress the truth in all unrighteousness (Romans 1:18ff).
Therefore if the court does rule that gay unions are marriage, Christians cannot go along to get along. We are still called to stand for the truth and stand against that which is not right.
I know that many Christians want to treat this entire subject as though it were the civil rights movement of the 1960s. But the two are not the same thing. One is about race, the other is about sanctioning that which God has declared an abomination. Far too many Christians fail to see this. We cannot affirm the homosexual in his lifestyle, relationships, or habits. We must declare the truth, that his lifestyle is sinful before a holy God and He needs to repent and turn from that lifestyle.
It matters not what the SCOTUS says. What matters is what God’s Word says.