“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother
and be united to his wife, and the will become one flesh.”
I find it very interesting that President Obama came out in support of gay marriage the same week our nation celebrated Mother’s Day. While most of our nation was celebrating family and motherhood, other forces in our nation were working overtime to destroy the family.
Let me be clear about this issue. God defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24). Anything outside of God’s design is simply not a marriage in God’s view. I’d like to address the importance of this issue briefly from three perspectives…
A physical perspective – It doesn’t take a brain surgeon or a rocket scientist to figure out that God designed in nature for males and females of any species to join together and reproduce (Genesis 1:27-28). The marriage relationship is the only natural means of procreation. While it is not the only purpose, procreation is certainly one of God’s purposes for marriage. Without it, the human race would simply pass into oblivion.
A societal perspective – The family is the basic building block of society. Another one of God’s purposes for the family is passing on a godly heritage – faith, morals, and values (Deuteronomy 6:4-8). This is best done in the context of family. Moms and dads are both important in the psychological and emotional development of children. Together, they instill in their children a balanced moral compass for life. If the institution of marriage breaks down, society will ultimately deteriorate and self-destruct.
A spiritual perspective – God clearly calls homosexuality sin (Leviticus 18:22; Romans 1:24-27). In fact, any sexual relationship outside of God’s design for marriage – a union of one man and one woman – is considered by God to be immoral and sinful. One cannot expect God’s blessing on their personal life when living in sin, nor can we expect God’s blessing on our nation while promoting sin.
But here’s the good news; and it is really good news. While God hates sin; He loves sinners. Because He is holy, God judges sin; but because God is gracious and merciful, He forgives sinners. God loves us so much He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross in our place. When we turn to God in faith and repentance, He forgives our sin in Jesus Christ. And when a nation turns back to God in repentance, God will restore that nation. Let’s pray for revival in America!
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are a holy God. Your ways are just.
You are also a loving God. I praise you for your grace.
Thank you for forgiving my sin in Jesus Christ.
I pray that our nation will turn back to you!
I pray for revival in America!
In Jesus’ name, Amen!