As of October 6, 2014, Virginia began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples as the Supreme Court passed on hearing the State’s case. Virginia wasted no time in its preparations and the first “couple” applied that afternoon. Andi Miller, co-president of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) stated, “We are all crying….It’s equality and it is something that just should be expected; not something we have to fight for.” But the question remains, is it really equality?
First, we had traditional marriage (union between a man and a woman). Then the homosexual community decided they should be given the right to marriy. So the media enthusiastically cooperated in painting the gay community as victims, stripped of their rights and equality. I mean, who is to stop love, right?
Now that same-sex couples are allowed to marry, the discrimination has ended. They have been given equality and the right to marry the one they love. But wait, not so fast……. What about those who are fighting for polygamy and the right to marry the “ones” they love. “Equality” demands have been met for those who support traditional marriage and same-sex marriage, but what about our now discrimination against those who wish to marry multiple partners? Sure it is the law, but why not change it like we did for those who pushed for same-sex marriage. Who are we to deny them their equal rights? Who are we to stop love? What about the 25-year-old man who wants to marry his 15-year-old girlfriend. The man who wants to marry his dog? His adopted sister? Where are their rights? Who is to stop love, right?
The truth of the matter is without a standard or authority, “discrimination” never ends regardless of the ruling on Virginia gay marriage. The next group protests until the law is changed. There is a reason why the number has always been 2. There is a reason the anatomy of a man and a woman compliment. There is a reason the father has a role that a woman cannot fill and vice versa. Homosexuality has been noted throughout history, but only now are people trying to call it marriage. The Bible calls it sin, a state we are all born into.
The Apostle Paul wrote these words to the church in first century Corinth:
“Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians. 6:9-10)
Christians are quick to throw this verse out to their homosexual buddy, warning him only of his impending doom, yet missing themselves on the list (sexually immoral, idolaters, thieves, etc). We are all born with a sin nature (Psalm 51:5) and in that state no one seeks God (Romans 3:10-11).
However, Paul goes on speaking of those same people in Corinth:
“And such were some of you [the old life]. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God [the new life]” (v. 11).
These people who were once described by the above sins that disinherit one from the kingdom of God, were radically changed by power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:16). Their sins had been placed upon Christ on the cross for exchange of His righteousness by grace through faith, a gift of God.
So there is a standard, the only standard which does not discriminate. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The laws will continue to ebb and flow, the opinions of the people will change, but the Word of God endures forever.
Remember, apart from the grace of God the “such were some of you” includes us all.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
“The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands,a forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation” (Exodus 34:6-7)