On June 24th, the NY legislature passed into law a “Marriage Equality” act that for now legalizes same-sex marriages in the State of New York. Generally speaking, I stay away from politics. I figure my time is best spent devoted to the ministry of the Word and to prayer. But let’s take a closer look at this June 24th passage of that law. The standard for our lives should be based on the Word of God. This “Marriage Equality” act has two fatal flaws. One flaw is the premise that all fluid and changing notions of “human rights” are equally valid and therefore should not be discriminated against. The second flaw is the premise that the standard for determining these “rights” is found by counting how many people “prefer” something and changing the standard to fit preferences. No external standard is addressed in this law, only a standard based upon rights and preferences. What is next to fall? “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Ps. 11:3. Is polygamy next? Legalizing pedophilia? Incest?
The Bible’s standard for marriage is “ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN, FOR LIFE.” The majority of evangelical Christians in America have conveniently deleted the “for life” Biblical standard from their definition of marriage, allowing divorce and remarriage without blinking, in the name of “equality” and “love” and “mercy.” In the church in America, 75 years ago only a few churches would have allowed a divorced member to remarry while the first spouse was living. Now most churches don’t blink an eye when members remarry while their first spouse is alive, thus living in a state of adultery. In that area, the majority evangelical church has changed the Bible, in the name of “mercy” and “love” and “rights” and “equality.” New York has now joined other states in extending “rights” to homosexual partners who violate the standard of God’s Word, and most of evangelical America is aghast. Give us 30 years, and the trend among evangelical Christianity will be that in the name of “mercy” and “love” and “rights” same-sex marriages will be accepted and welcomed in the church, regardless of what God’s Word says about it. God’s standard of “equality” hasn’t changed; man’s has. May God help us to give attention to public reading of the scripture, to exhortation, and to sound doctrine. I Timothy 4:13. We need it!