Faith and the Moral Foundation of America
Two pillars of America’s moral foundation are currently under attack: the right to life and the definition of marriage. If we’re going to continue in God’s blessing as a nation, our society cannot tamper with these two things.
Let me quickly address the first one. The most basic inalienable human right granted by God and our constitution is the right to life. When somebody takes another’s life, they have robbed them of the most precious thing of all—the opportunity to experience God’s destiny for them. In addition to that, the Bible makes it clear that life begins at conception. That being said, if you want to vote scripturally, the issue of abortion needs to be taken into high consideration when voting at the polls.
Since most of you reading this message probably agree on these truths, I won’t take the time to examine this social issue further. Instead I want to take a look at the second pillar of America’s moral foundation: the definition of marriage. Many Christians have become confused by the outcry of discrimination and social injustice regarding a homosexual’s right to marry, so let’s take a look at our foundation for this matter: the Bible.
First of all, know that homosexuality in and of itself is not the issue. We should fight just as hard for the gay community’s right to choose their lifestyle as we fight for the right to choose our lifestyle. Deuteronomy 30:19 says:
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live….
Every one of us has the right to choose our own destiny. The Lord respects our choices and will not impose Himself on what we choose. In the same way, we need to respect the choices of those around us, whether or not we agree with their choice.
The right of individual choice should always be protected through our laws. The framers of our Constitution understood this premise. The liberty to choose our own destiny is one of the most inherent truths drafted in our founding documents.
The only exception comes when someone’s choice violates or inhibits someone else from making a choice they would like to make. This is where laws are intended to provide parameters that guide our right to choose.
As it regards the matter of the gay community, the real danger lies in the redefinition of marriage. If we redefine marriage, we redefine the standard of morality that this nation was founded upon. In so doing, we would move this country out from under the hand of God’s blessing—and that’s a place none of us want to be!
The Biblical Foundation for Marriage
So what does the Bible have to say about marriage? Read Genesis chapter 1, the account of creation. (For many people, the account of creation has become a fantasy story. If that’s the case or you’d like to simply know more about science and the Bible, click here to read an article of mine on the topic.) Look at what happened when God created man.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (verse 27)
This was at the outset of creation before Adam had named all the animal life and had begun functioning as God’s steward—yet it says God created him, male and female. How could that be?
Well, take a moment and look at Genesis 5:1–2.
This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam in the day when they were created.
What is being conveyed to us is that God created one body of flesh to house all of the components of male and female personalities, giftings, and characteristics that would later differentiate and distinguish the two genders. God called “their” name Adam. That’s the “one flesh” referred to in Genesis 1:27.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:28)
That word blessed means empowered to prosper or increase. That means God blessed them—male and female as “one flesh”—and provided them with dominion, not over other people, but rather over adverse circumstance they may face as God’s stewards on this earth.
If we jump ahead a chapter, we read in Genesis 2:20-24 (after a lot had already gone on in the creation account):
…but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Marriage brings a man and woman back to this God-ordained state of one flesh, where we qualify for dominion, fruitfulness, and blessing. The New Testament states it this way:
Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. (1 Peter 3:7 KJV)
Coming into this place of one flesh with your husband or wife is God’s ordained way of bringing us to this place of being made in His image and likeness, walking in the authority that only He can grant, and experiencing His blessing and fruitfulness as a result. Marriage between a man and woman is the only way it can occur; two men or two women coming together do not complete one another in this sense.
But What About…?
Of course, this raises a few questions. First, if you are a single parent or not yet married, know that in Christ, God will be a husband to the widow, a father to the fatherless. He’s going to be your portion as long as you are not married.
Secondly, a natural compatibility with your same gender is possible and can really bless your life. I have friends who are not like me at all. They complement my weakness and I theirs. That natural compatibility does not override or replace the spiritual joining between a man and a woman in marriage that brings them to a place where God enables His hand of blessing upon them. Every believer should recognize this important place marriage holds.
That’s Not My Marriage!
Some of you who are married may be thinking, My marriage isn’t “one flesh.” There are too many differences between us, and we certainly aren’t empowered to prosper!
Look again at Genesis 2:24: “…a man [shall] leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” The key is in the word “cleave.” You can be married to somebody and not cleave and you won’t become one flesh spiritually in the eyes of God and entitled to walk in His created intent for humanity.
So what does cleave mean? If you looked it up in the Strong’s Concordance, there is a clear sexual connotation of being joined together physically under the banner of marriage as God defines it. Within that context, the command to reproduce, multiply, and replenish the earth can be fulfilled. As the husband and wife complete one another, they have the capacity to impart eternal truths and paradigms of life to their children that won’t occur any other way.
This framework of a mother, father, and children is the building block of God’s society. It is within this family environment that children can be properly inculcated with belief systems, values, ethical behavior, right paradigms of life, and a value system that grounds them in the principle of God’s Word.
I’ve heard a lot of Christians say, “I got married before I was born again” or “I married the wrong person. I just need to get rid of him and get me a new one.” Well, the Strong’s Concordance also defines cleave as “to firmly adhere to, to cling to, to stick.” If husbands and wives can learn to stick together through thick and thin, they’ll move their lives into the blessing of God.
There really is no “wrong” person for you to marry. God said it is a male and female coming together that has this capacity for blessing. God does have a perfect will for your life, but if you’re married, the question isn’t whether or not you married the right one, but whether or not you’re going to cleave or cling to each other through thick and thin. When you both cleave to each other in this way, the end result will be according to the Word of God.
Vote According to God’s Plan for Marriage
Up until this point, a major contributor to America’s success is that the family has been the cornerstone of our prosperity. Of course, the enemy wants to change that. It’s no wonder that the family has been under such attack in the last 50 years or so. Divorce rates have skyrocketed. Single-parent homes continue to multiply. God’s structure for a family is dissolving to a particular degree. The redefinition of marriage would be the final step in that direction.
This attack against marriage isn’t about individuals; this is about America as an entity. If we as a collective entity allow marriage to be redefined, then we’ve redefined America and have essentially moved it out from under the hand of God’s blessing.
If you’re an American citizen, you have a responsibility to do your part to see to it that collectively our definition of marriage remains as God says it should be. Specifically, this occurs at the ballot box in who you vote for and in how you vote for the marriage amendment. Keep these things at the forefront of your mind as you continue to pray and prepare for Election Day 2012.