President Obama needs to stick to his socialist platitudes at his many fundraisers and not be invoking the name of Jesus to justify his approval of gay marriage. For he has proven that he “neither knows the scriptures nor the power of God.”
He’s even got the audacity to say that if we don’t approve of gay marriage, we don’t love our neighbor (gays) as our selves. He quotes the golden rule, from Jesus’ own lips: “Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.” And then he stops there, taking it out of context. There is a colon with a clause coming after this, explaining it: “For this is the law and the prophets” (Matt. 7: 12).
But the great commandment before “love your neighbor as yourself” is this: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matt. 22: 37-40).
The first and great commandment is to love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. That means “casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (II Cor. 10: 5). How do we love God this way? “For this is the love of God that we keep His commandments” (I John 5: 3). Since Christ is the expressed image of the invisible God, what are His thoughts concerning marriage?
And so to love God and then love our neighbor, we must obey what He commands us to do. Jesus Christ said that he always kept his Father’s commandments. So let’s explore what the Word says about marriage, and let’s obey it. In so doing we prove that we love God and then we can love our neighbor.
God’s thoughts on marriage
Jesus said, “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mark 10-6-9).
Jesus is giving us in this teaching a definite direction to follow when it comes to marriage. First, God made us humans “male and female.” And a man shall “cleave to his wife” and be one flesh. God created human beings with two genders for a specific purpose. And it was not so that two men could get together, nor two women. But “God has joined together” the male and the female to be one flesh. And Jesus caps off this with this command: What God has “joined together, let not man put asunder,” or man better not separate what I have joined together. When a man persists in mating with another man, is he not separating himself from a woman, which is contrary to what “God has joined together”?
Now those are Jesus’ own words in everyone’s Bible at home. They are very clear and succinct. They are easy to understand. It is God’s purpose and plan to have male and female be joined together in marriage. God has done this since the beginning, and Jesus says that God does not want man to separate what He has joined together. When male joins together with male, and when female joins together with female, they are separating or putting asunder what God has joined together.
Gays are human beings–people with rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. However, according to the Scriptures of Truth, “holy matrimony” or marriage is a spiritual and physical joining together by God of a male and female. These two become one and are the only two human beings that “God hath joined together” scripturally. God has not changed His position on this. He did say, “I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; I change not.”
Marriage between male and female is a moral right granted by the Creator. It was never granted to those of the same sex. President Obama is trying to forge gay marriage into a civil right, erroneously basing it as a moral or inalienable right. “That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” According to the Declaration of Independence, it is the Creator that gives the moral or unalienable rights to mankind. The Creator ordained marriage to a male and female.
This male/female spiritual union is in the internal genetic fabric of human society with roots going back thousands of years, planted there by a purposeful Creator. That is the reason that “gay marriage” was rejected, first by the Creator and now by the people thirty-two states. It doesn’t set well in the human heart and psyche because it never was part of the divine plan, according to the scriptures.
I do say this in love: Because of His male/female plan for marriage, the God of the Bible rejects homosexuality in the strongest of terms [See Genesis 19 and Romans 1: 26-27. I am not going to go on about these rather obvious passages depicting God’s disgust of homosexuality. People can read it for themselves, and come to their own decisions. “Many shall be purified, and made white…But the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand” (Dan. 12: 10).]
But I do not condemn anyone. I believe that loving our neighbor is telling him the truth of God–in this case, the truth concerning what God’s institution of marriage is. Mankind did not create marriage, according to Jesus. Marriage is a spiritual thing, a religious institution, created by God. And we first need to keep His commandments concerning marriage, thereby showing our love for God.
For this gay marriage controversy is not a political thing, or a sociological thing, or a cultural thing. It is a spiritual thing. And it is this: Do we believe that the God of the Bible, the Creator, really exists? If He does, then are we going to love and obey Him concerning marriage and other things? Or are we going to act as if He does not exist, and thumb our noses at Him by approving homosexual marriage? That’s the real spiritual issue before us. Who will take God’s side in this issue? Our choice will define us in His eyes. For “the eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (II Chron. 16: 9). KWH