The news the past couple of weeks has been full of stories of organizations taking stands for traditional marriage or for gay marriage. Social networking is all a buzz with opinions and calls to boycott or show support. There are certain places I personally have chosen to not shop at because of what they support. When a store prints a catalog with openly gay advertisement & chooses an openly gay spokeperson as the face of their company, then that store will not get my business. Just like a company that openly supports Christian values & principles will get my business. Based on financial reports, I'm not the only one who has made that choice. However, when we get caught up in the emotion and frenzy of joining boycotts or support rallies we can miss something very important....The Gospel.
Earlier this week, I was reminded of something so important and vital
to our roles as Christians in a world of distorted views of marriage.
Our stand on marriage is a reflection of our stand on the
gospel. When we are ok with a distorted view of marriage then we will
be ok with a distorted view of the gospel. Which leads to a lack
of trust in the authority of God's Word on all issues. Not just marriage.
God created marriage to be a reflection of the gospel....of Christ and the
church. God defined marriage as one man and one woman.....just like Christ and
His bride the church. There is no other way to define marriage according
Scripture. When we try to justify current issues as being "just the way culture
has progressed" or try to say "God wants us to love all people so we aren't
suppose to take a stand and offend someone", we are putting ourselves before
People will claim that the Bible isn't
relevant to this issue and condemn those who take a firm stance on God's Word.
That is exactly what the devil wants. He wants Christians to doubt God's
authority. Isn't that what he did to Eve in the garden? Genesis 3:1-6 says
"Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the
Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall
not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to
the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but
God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the
midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you
will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that
the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that
the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and
ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he
When we doubt God's authority or choose to ignore His
authority, we open the door to the devil and say "Come on in and tell us what
you think we should do". He will take that opportunity to devour as
many people as possible. If we don't protect ourselves by being immersed
in God's Word we will have no defense ready for his attacks. When we
ignore God's definition of marriage, we allow a distorted view to be
accepted. But when we stand firm on the authority of God's Word, then there
is no doubt in our mind of how marriage is to be defined. We will not accept any
cultural distortion because we know the truth. We will define marriage based on
"When we align ourselves with what the Word has
for us as husbands and wives, we are sending a signal by the grace of God to
every demon and every devil that Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone reigns
supreme. That he has conquered death, hell and the grave. That he has taken what
has been ruined in terms of relationships and redeemed them all to the glory of
God the Father. When we get that in our minds and realize that's at stake, then
we ought to be convinced that Biblical marriage is important. That the
gospel in marriage is vitally important." ~ Bart
Marriage isn't just a social issue with no
bearing on the gospel message of Jesus. God designed marriage to be a portrait
of His gospel. When we allow it to be redefined, we are allowing the Gospel of
Jesus to be redefined as well!!
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.