has ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. An excerpt from an article reads, "The appeals court agreed with a lower court judge who ruled in 2010 that the law is unconstitutional because it interferes with the right of a state to define marriage and denies married gay couples federal benefits given to heterosexual married couples, including the ability to file joint tax returns."
Herein lies the problem- no state has the right or the power to redefine marriage. No state has the right or the power to redefine what constitutes life. We as humans can play games and pretend we have this power but we do not. Widespread acceptance of homosexual behavior or abortion doesn't make it right or inherently good. The truth is not decided upon by popular vote.
We must return to reason and common sense. What is the purpose of marriage? This is a question I think most people today do not know the answer to. Marriage needs restoration, not redefinition. Marriage as we know it today is broken for many reasons. The attack on the family is fierce and the temptation to leave a commitment when things get hard is always a challenge.
What does marriage symbolize? Is it just two people who happen to like each other and want to hang out together for the rest of their lives? Is it a relationship of convenience or fun? Is it just a commitment to bring new people into the world? Is it a contract or a covenant? Why get married? Because of strong feelings? or does marriage speak to something far beyond this world and into eternity?
Marriage is a covenant, an exchange of persons- a complete self gift of one to the other. It is a fruitful and life-giving covenant. It speaks to the fecundity and commitment of how God loves us. As we see a strong marriage- we see a man and woman, giving themselves to one another in good times and in hard times, when it is convenient and fun and when it is inconvenient and difficult.
We see them welcoming children even when it is a hard decision and striving to bring one another to heaven. This relationship images the intimacy and commitment in which God loves us. He loves us and fights for us and seeks to become one with us.
In His creation of man and woman, God reveals a call to oneness, love and life. There is no substitute for this. Marriage is not about this life only, it foreshadows the beautiful intimacy of heaven. The openness to life is paramount in the relationship. God is a God of life. He is living. Death has no part of Him. Much of the struggle in marriage today is a wide-spread acceptance of contraception and a deep immaturity in the human person.
Instead of seeking healing and integration, which is readily and openly available, we want beliefs and God to change. We want what we want. And we are reaping the fruits of our own immaturity.
The Supreme Court could legalize gay marriage and marriage to horses and polygamy all they want but it won't fix the problem because "discrimination" isn't the problem. The problem is the ancient struggle with sin and disorder.
It's not until we are honest with our struggles and seek personal healing and holiness in Jesus that things will begin to change.