The Marriage “Amendment”?

Several years ago, the State of Texas voted in a constitutional amendment defining marriage as existing only between a man and a woman. This constitutional amendment was brought about to combat the threat of “homosexual unions” to the institution of marriage. This constitutional amendment changes absolutely nothing with regards to God’s institution of marriage. Man may change secular law and allow males to “marry” other males; women to “marry” other women, and yet still this would have absolutely no effect on God’s institution of marriage. “Gay marriage”, whether it is voted constitutional or not, is no threat whatsoever to God’s institution of marriage. God ordained, from the dawn of creation, that marriage is between one man and one woman for life. Matthew 19:4-6 “Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” It has also been jokingly put this way, “God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!”

Man’s laws in no way supercedes God’s laws. Just because man’s laws allow something, does not make it less sinful. For example, God’s law of “One man and one woman for life” has only one exception: Matthew 5:31-32 “It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.” Man’s law allows any divorced person, regardless of the reason for the divorce, to re-marry. God’s law gives only one reason for divorce and re-marriage – adultery on the part of one’s spouse. What real difference then would “gay marriage” make with regard to man’s law of marriage? Man’s law of marriage already contradicts God’s law in that it recognizes many types of unions as valid marriages that God has already condemned. Man’s marriage law would be no less unscriptural if it allowed gays to marry than it already is.

I have no problem with our state putting forth and passing this constitutional amendment, even though in reality it changes nothing. All it really has done is given some politician the ability to say on election day, “Vote for me! I saved the Institution of Marriage!” God does not need help. God’s institutions do not need to be saved by politicians – they need to be preserved by Christians! The answer to this problem of “gay marriage” as with all problems in society, does not lie in the political realm. It lies in the spiritual realm, in the realm of God. The only way to solve this or any other moral problem is by teaching and applying the principles found in God’s Word, not by passing laws or constitutional amendments.

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