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Marriage Is Not Defenseless!

Someone said making a sin legal does not make it moral. Millions of Americans who are guided by Biblical morality were reminded of that yesterday (Wednesday, 6/27/13) when the U. S. Supreme Court struck down, in a divided 5-4 opinion, the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Since 1996 that law has blocked federal recognition of gay marriage. By refusing to hear a separate case the Court also left open the possibility of gay marriage in California. Supporters of "same-sex marriage" cheered the decision in the streets as a "wonderful day" and a "Cinderella moment." Praise came from higher up when President Obama telephoned his congratulations from Air Force One to the plaintiffs in the gay marriage case and told them, "We're proud of you guys." The White House released a statement hailing the decision to strike down DOMA, declaring the court "has righted a wrong, and our country is better for it." So goes the opinion of the Supreme Court and the President of the United States. Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Archbishop Salvatore Cordelione released a joint statement of opposition to the Court's decision. It said, "It's a sad day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even when states fail to do so." The Court did get it wrong, and in this case the Catholics got it right. The situation recalls a time in Israel's history 700 years before Christ. Moral and spiritual vales had gotten wacky, sin had become prevalent and even popular, and the nation had moved far away from God. Those conditions caused the inspired prophet to write these sad and sobering words —"Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter. Truth is lacking, and he who departs from evil makes himself a prey. The LORD saw it, and it displeased Him that there was no justice" (Isaiah 59:14-15 English Standard Version).

Isaiah's words remind us that even when the highest legal and political authorities in our land refuse to defend the Biblical and historical definition of marriage, marriage is not defenseless! After all, the Supreme Court of the United States is not the SUPREME court — that designation belongs to Him before whom one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess — including the kings and great men of the earth (Romans 14:10b-12; Revelation 6:12-17; 20:11-15). Same-sex couples are making great strides at gaining wider legal and social acceptance in America. Truth is stumbling in the public squares, and uprightness is taking a back seat these days, when it can get a seat at all. But you can't sanctify and sanitize sin by giving it legal sanction and protection. God created marriage, and He and the Scriptures He inspired continue to define and defend marriage as they always have — the union of a male and female, joined together in marriage to become one flesh as husband and wife (Genesis Z:18-25: Matthew 193-6).  Our nation's leaders and laws may stopdefending that definition, but the Bible never will. No court or political personality on earth can change God's moral truth or make a wrong right. God help the USA.

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ