As Christians, we must refuse to fall into satan’s trap and battle marriage rights on a social media forum where our tones will often be misread and misunderstood. I’m certain that social media is NOT the place to debate this sort of topic. If you are living your life for Christ daily, your social media should already be flooded with positive, Biblical messages on a daily basis; there should be no need to take a stand for Biblical marriage because your friends will already know your stance.
For Christ followers, the truth is this:
- God created marriage for one man and one woman. “But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. The Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.” Genesis 2:21-22
- It is a sin for two people of the same sex to be together sexually. “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.” Leviticus 20:13
- And to be clear about Biblical marriage in the New Testament, “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ For this reason a man will leave his mother and father and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” Mark 10:6-9
As Christians, we know the truth of the Bible’s words and we believe in the Bible in its entirety. We must not conform to the world and distort the Bible to fit societies new way of thinking. We need to stand up for God’s standards for our lives. As we do this, we must also examine the plank in our own eyes. How many Christians who are standing up for Biblical marriage are also standing up for divorce, adultery, and lust? The Bible is very clear about these issues as well:
- Divorce is not acceptable. “To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.”
- The Bible states that if a couple does divorce, they are not to be united with another person. “I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.” Matthew 19:9
- Lust and adultery are also sins, for both men and women. “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matthew 5:28
The question is this… are Christians really for Biblical marriage? We most definitely should be! We should be about ONE marriage for ONE man and ONE woman. Christians should not be in support of gay marriage, just as we should not be in support of divorce or anything else that satan uses to tear marriages apart.
The good news is that we are all sinners and we are all saved by the loving grace of our God. We have all sinned. We aim for perfection and we trust that our affectionate and forgiving Father will lift us up and renew our spirits when we fail. We are all equal heirs to the kingdom of our God.
Bishop T.D. Jakes once said, “”I think that sex between two people of the same sex is condemned in the Scriptures, and as long as it is condemned in the Scriptures, I don’t get to say what I think. I get to say what the Bible says.” We must love the sinner and hate the sin. Loving doesn’t mean conforming or accepting sins, it means speaking truth into others. Matthew 5:16 says this, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” We shouldn’t be provoking others to anger, including on social media platforms. This only causes them to shut us out and we’ve lost the opportunity to be a witness and let our light shine.
In closing, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
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