Traditional Marriage Matters
After God created the heavens and the earth, he created man and woman to share their lives together. It is upon this relationship that our society has been built. Marriage is the first institution. It is the cornerstone of our culture. It has been defined the same way for thousands of years. And today, in America, this principle precept of our society is under attack.
On Election Day Minnesotans will be asked to decide whether or not our state will define marriage as between one man and one woman. We need to and must defend traditional marriage.
Some have argued that conventional marriage is past its time. Others assert that those who defend traditional marriage are bigots. Neither of these positions stands up to scrutiny.
First, traditional marriage remains the single best path to happiness. Statistically, married couples tend to live longer, are more financially stable, and are healthier. Furthermore, their children benefit from role models that teach both positive behavior and a healthy respect for the opposite gender.
There are exceptions of course; bad marriages exist. But traditional marriage is the cornerstone of our society because it works. Where men are weak, women are strong, and vice-versa. God created Adam and Eve so that they could complete each other. And only through that union can one realize the blessings of a full life.
Men and women are different; they bring distinct attributes to the relationship – characteristics that simply cannot be fulfilled in a relationship between two individuals of the same gender. These are the immutable truths of God and science, and acknowledging them makes one honest, not a bigot.
Support for traditional marriage is neither anti-gay nor homophobic. Those who attack or demonize homosexuals are acting in a decidedly un-Christian manner. Bigotry is not a Christian value.
We live in a free country, and consenting adults should have the right to do whatever they choose, provided they do not harm others. But this does not mean our state – which garners its legitimacy from the people – should codify into law a lifestyle that is at odds with the people’s values.
America is a Judeo-Christian country. And it is upon that religious foundation, that our founders acknowledged our inalienable rights. American laws were not derived haphazardly. They are, and should remain, a reflection of the Judeo-Christian understanding of morality.
Those values that we hold so dear – caring for the poor, honoring our families, respecting our neighbors, and seeking justice always – are products of God’s Word. And the Bible’s attitude towards the sanctity of traditional marriage is no less clear and no less important.
On November 6, I urge all citizens of our great state to express their support for traditional marriage.
That means showing up to vote. All who sit at home on Election Day are ceding their voice to those with whom they disagree.
And when standing in that voting booth, I hope that all Minnesotans will consider in what kind of country they want to live. If we allow marriage to be redefined, we are in effect redefining our nation. I want to live in a country that benefits from God’s blessing and has a solid Judeo-Christian foundation. I want to live in country that remembers that it is still in God that we trust.