Last night it was all over the news that the state of Washington passed a bill that would allow for gay marriage. Rather then remaking an argument against this from a Christian perspective (as we all know that no one will be swayed by it, and it has been said by others in much better terms than I could say it), I would simply like to point out that the now tired pro-gay argument of equality has fallen flat on its face. Allow me to illustrate with a statement from the New York Times:
Washington has steadily expanded rights for gay and lesbian couples since 2006, when it approved domestic partnerships. In 2009, it passed a so-called everything-but-marriage bill, which was challenged in a public referendum and upheld by voters, 53 to 47. ( Emphasis added)
If equal rights was the goal and not the systematic redefinition of marriage, why wasn’t the 2009 law enough?
As a Christian, I believe I am called to love truth. Yet, it seems that on this type of issue many Christians are allowing themselves to be ignorant of the facts rather than stand against culture. The law of God is to be a curb to wicked men, but when that law is unknown or, worse, rejected as invalid it can not function to restrain evil.
Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted. (1 Tim 1:8-11)
Dr. Greg Bahnsen explains that, “The law provides an external standard of justice which can be applied within the civil sphere, as is evident from Paul’s mentioning of transgressions which can particularly be given cognizance by human law. The law was enacted or laid down, says Paul, for the unruly -such as murderers, kidnapers, homosexuals, perjurers, and the like. The law by its very nature aims to restrain the misconduct of lawless men.” (The Functions of God’s Law)
As believers we must stand up and preach the Law and the Gospel. That is the hope of nations.