And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female,’ 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’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)
It has arrived as expected. The popular culture has officially endorsed homosexual marriage. Nevertheless, the issue of what is marriage is far beyond ambiguity. Jesus states it above, for all those “Jesus never said that” folks. Marriage is between a man and a woman. God designed the institution. He brought forth a companion for Adam perfectly made for union. (Gen 2:18) Within this covenant of intended intimacy and sexual expression, the human race would be propagated upon the earth. (Gen 1:28; 9:1) Godly offspring would be the result. (Mal 2:15) And the proper boundaries for sexuality established and fornication prevented. (1 Cor 7:2)
Now folks can attempt to change the meaning all they want. They can say up is down and down is up ad nauseam. But if you drop Newton’s apple it isn’t going up, it’s going down. No surprise though, all this redefining of seemingly everything in the world that trips all over itself to say that evil is good and good is evil. However, what God says is good is good, and what God says is evil is evil. That last sentence will get a dismissive wave of the hand from our secular friends, “God who?” We can expect that. But more than a few professing Christians are joining with those who are only too willing to redraw things such as the definition of marriage. Are they not also giving a dismissive wave of the hand and a “God who?” That is just what they are doing!!! Are we able and willing to engage them on these crucial issues?
Lastly, you know what is so sad and so tragic and so often overlooked in all the hype and politics and emotional fervor in reaction to the homosexual movement? In all the clamor to be “tolerant and open-minded”? Every step seen as moving upward is in reality moving downward. (See Romans 1:24-27) These poor people who are held captive by their broken sexuality spiral further and further away from the life God intended for them. The movement’s real aspiration is to have somebody, anybody, and finally, everybody, declaring, “What you are doing is okay.” Their God-given consciences demand such in a feeble attempt to assuage the guilt and the shame.
But are we not all broken people in many ways? And doesn’t that brokenness touch your sexuality and my sexuality as well? (See Matthew 5:27-30) Yes, yes it does. But we should not, we need not, get the world to tell us “What you are doing is okay.” Instead, we need to come to Jesus with our sexual brokenness, with ALL our brokenness, and let Him make us new in heart and mind and spirit and purpose.
No one needs to spiral further and further downward. Not when we have a wonderful God and Savior, who is so willing to heal and make whole that which is broken.