The Politics of Marriage

Many of you know that Florida is voting on a marriage amendment in less than a month.  It seeks to define marriage as a union only between one man and one woman.  I think it’s a good thing, to keep our current definition of marriage.  I think it’s worked pretty well.  I don’t have anything against homosexuals, but gay marriage is a fairly new idea(at least, trying to have the government acknowledge it).  From a Biblical perspective, of course, homosexuality is a sin, and I think that the closer a country’s laws are to the Bible, the better.  After all, the Bible is straight from God.  What could be better?

Here’s the problem, though.  Christians don’t even follow the Bible in regards to marriage.  Just look at the divorce rate.  Last I heard, it’s around 60% in the American church.  So, that’s just sad.  How do we expect anyone to respect the idea of God-ordained marriage if we can’t even model it ourselves?  What ever happened to “wives, respect your husbands” and “husbands, love your wives”?(Eph. 5:33)  What happened to “don’t divorce, except for marital unfaithfulness”?(Matt. 5:32)  Obviously, I’ve never been married, and I have no idea what those real situations look like.  But there seems to be a whole heck of a lot of “situations” these days.

What’s wrong with us?  Have we lost our faith in God’s provision?  Do we think we know better than God?  Are we really that selfish?  Just a head’s up, guys: life sucks sometimes.  There will be money problems.  There will be emotional strain.  Nobody’s perfect, especially your husband or wife.  The truth is, you took a vow before God and man to stay together.  If you didn’t want to be married, you should have taken Jesus’ advice not to take oaths and stayed single your whole life.

Here’s my advice, brothers and sisters: before you go out and vote on the marriage amendment, passing your own judgement on others, look at yourselves first.  Are you the best husband or wife that you can be?  If your marriage isn’t perfect, that’s okay.  That’s what God is for; you shouldn’t be depending on yourself(or your spouse) anyway.  Seek God and Godly council.  Trust God.

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”–Matthew 6:31-33

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