Rants and Ruminations: A Theological Response to Gay “Marriage”

As the Supreme Court is considering the constitutionality of gay “marriage” it is troubling to see posts from Christians who believe in the Word of God but who have succumbed to the unbiblical rationale of the culture and defend gay “marriage” based on arguments of civil rights, or even more indefensible, arguments based on emotionalism. It would be understandable if the Scriptures were unclear on the topic but unclarity only comes when we allow the voice of the culture to drown out the voice of God.

The first question has to do with the definition of marriage. The Church catholic has taught through the centuries that marriage is a sacrament. It did so because as the Wedding Ceremony recites “The bond and covenant of marriage was established by God in creation and our Lord adorned this manner of life by his presence and first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee”. BCP p.423. Thus because marriage was established by God and is a sacrament of the Church, it is not within the purview of the State to redefine it.

Second, our Lord gives a clear definition of marriage in Matthew 19. He does so by quoting Genesis 2. He says that a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife and the two shall become one. Men and women are complimentary halves that together make one in marriage. Same sex relationships are not complimentary, even if they imitate heterosexual relationships, which ironically they do while claiming to be an alternate lifestyle.

Third, tying into Jesus’ teaching about husband and wife being one, St. Paul teaches that husband and wife are icons of Christ and the Church. (Eph 5). Same sex unions assault this image, which is more than an analogy, it is a spiritual reality. Christ and the Church are Husband and Wife. Two men or two women or polygamy cannot reflect that reality.

Two important concerns come from the State’s attempt to redefine marriage. First is where it stops. If the criterion is that anyone in a loving relationship can be married, then why not those in polyamorous relationships? If the age of consent is lowered, as is being pursued in Europe, what about man/boy marriage? If every relationship can be defined as marriage, then what becomes of the unique bond that God intended? It becomes meaningless.

A second concern is that if the State turns this into a civil rights issue, then what is to prevent the State from punishing the Church for upholding a moral standard which has now been redefined as a civil right? If you don’t think that could happen just consider what the State is doing currently to Hobby Lobby for its refusal to violate its conscience on the new health care mandates.

What is before the court has massive implications and could reverse centuries of teaching, leading our nation another step away from God’s revelation about life. All of this for a concept, that as one Supreme Judge acknowledged, is newer than computers and cell phones.

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