Making the biblical distinction and the societal necessity come to pass
MARRIAGE–recently hijacked, strangled and held up for ransom by the SCOTUS.
It was not theirs to take, much less redefine into a warped, society-driven, LGBTQ+ crazed attack. It was sold to the highest bidder, the wheel that squeaked the loudest—that of secular public opinion. SCOTUS arrogantly pretends to be the higher authority and those who voted for it are being held accountable.
The relatives of marriage, Judeo-Christian, biblical faith adherents, have had a long and bumpy ride. For generations, these faith and faithless people alike who nodded at their forefathers and winked at biblical injunction have steadily looked the other way as “progressive” personalities have drilled holes into the bottom of their ship. As such, marriage (monogamous union between man and woman) has been sold off and repackaged for secular consumption without a single shot being fired or as much of a groan by the church when it was spuriously stolen in cocky thievery, now sinking into an abyss of infidelity.
Marriage, as we have practiced it in this country, has been hit and miss. Before the Same Sex Marriage ruling, “Christian ministers” were performing ceremonies, without apology, of people who had no intention of being Christian and yet who would pretend so just to get the marriage over and done. In effect, the Christian was performing a CIVIL UNION, and doing it for the secular state government– “By the power invested in me” and such nonsense as that.
America is a Secularist, Pluralistic, Non-Theistic, Constitutional Governance that was highly influenced by the Judeo-Christian ethic and belief system. As such, no minister of the Christian gospel represents this government. As such, no government office can caricature the church.
HOW DO WE CARE FOR THE ATHEISTS, AGNOSTICS AND NON-CHRISTIANS?
As such, no non-Christian will be required to be wed by a representative of the Christian church. As such, no representative of the church can rightly wed non-Christians as if they were. As such, no non-Christian should look favorably upon making Christian vows just because of someone’s tradition.
WHY THE CIVIL UNION IS A GOOD THING
A Civil Union is for EVERYONE, no matter faith, or no faith.
Marriage is a distinctly Judeo-Christian ceremony for those who adhere to the teachings and life commitment clearly written as commandment.
SOLUTION: Do Not Call a Civil Union “Marriage”—or call a Marriage “Civil Union”.
1–Everyone goes to the Courthouse—obtains a Civil Union license as required by each local governance. The State then has what it needs. No ceremony is needed or required unless requested. BUT LEAVE THE “CHRISTIAN MINISTER” OUT OF THIS.
2—Then–the couple, if they desire a faith-based ceremony with their church, Synagogue or Mosque, then enjoys the freedom of such a devotion to their faith and God. BUT LEAVE THE STATE GOVERNMENT OUT OF THIS.
“Marriage”, having been defiled, must be returned to its rightful owner—Judeo-Christian adherents.
Civil Union, having been ignored, must become the De facto-imperium, a standard for how a society or governance views the legalities, (not the spiritual pinning’s) of two (or more) people (or other beings) joining together and the taxes-benefits of such unions being afforded.
WHAT ABOUT THE HOMOSEXUAL COMMUNITY?
There may be such a thing as “Gay Union”—but do not call it a marriage.
For the good of all people and the health of our pluralism, OBERGERFELD MUST BE OVERTURNED. If “Adulterous Behavior” was somehow “normalized” and SCOTUS proclaimed it to be a wonderful activity, then it too would need to be overturned. “Homosexual” and “Adulterous” are both behaviors–NOT personal or group identities. They are Verbs–Not Nouns.
For the good of all people—atheists, agnostics and faith-based Civil Union must be recognized and practiced as THE legal and binding, secular, government contract that it is designed to be. LEAVE THE CHURCH OUT OF IT.
MARRIAGE AS IT WAS AND IS MEANT TO BE – A man–A woman. A covenant before God and man.
Christians must then go beyond a legal, social contract and be absorbed by their teachings of COVENANT. A human contract may be broken, but a covenant of marriage before God and man is meant to be lifelong—as reflected in the vows, “till death do us part”, and by the words of the Christian Savior:
“Jesus answered, “Don’t you know that in the beginning the Creator made a man and a woman? That is why a man leaves his father and mother and gets married. He becomes like one person with his wife. Then they are no longer two people, but one. And no one should separate a couple that God has joined together.”—Matthew 19:4-6
WHY SUCH SILENCE FROM JESUS’ CHURCH – the people who claim to love Him, and obey his teachings?
WHY ARE THERE SO MANY RELIGIOUS “IN NAME ONLY” people who never darken the door of a church, mosque, or synagogue? Because they were willing to follow along with religious “ministers” who were willing to water down their teachings and to join with a secular society as collaborators towards this end. We see a world full of people who merely wear a tag—Catholic, Baptist, Methodist, Muslim, Mormon, Jewish, Shinto, Buddhist, Pentecostal, on and on. They stop short of being a devoted disciple of their faith. This is what the progressive secularists hope for. The faux-disciples fall like Dominoes when pressed. They have no roots of real. They are hollow pictures of what could be. Jesus speaks once again,
“Now listen to the meaning of the story about the farmer:
The seeds that fell along the road are the people who hear the message about the kingdom, but don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches the message from their hearts. The seeds that fell on rocky ground are the people who gladly hear the message and accept it right away. But they don’t have deep roots, and they don’t last very long. As soon as life gets hard or the message gets them in trouble, they give up.
The seeds that fell among the thornbushes are also people who hear the message. But they start worrying about the needs of this life and are fooled by the desire to get rich. So, the message gets choked out, and they never produce anything. The seeds that fell on good ground are the people who hear and understand the message. They produce as much as a hundred or sixty or thirty times what was planted.” –Matthew 13:18-23
CHRISTAINS UNDERSTAND THAT CHRISTIANS MUST NOT BE UNEQUALLY YOKED
Non-Christians are joined in Civil Union. Theirs does not have to be a spiritual occasion. Why then do they so often tolerate their union as such? There is nothing mystical about being coupled in a church or by a Christian Minister. In fact, there is only confusion and hypocrisy. Christian ministers are taught not to perform the marriage ceremony of a Christian and a non-Christian or two non-Christians. Why?
“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of the living God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, ‘I will make dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore, go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty’.” –II Corinthians 6:14-18
Any public servant can perform a CIVIL UNION. After Obergefell, both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris performed civil unions for couples who act homosexually (as proof of their “love” for gays and their absence of homophobia). These people are not “married”. They are simply legally (for the time being) a couple by virtue of Civil Union.
Marriage, the definitive word for two people, a man and a woman, being devoted and loyal to the God of the bible, stands as the only definition allowed by God in the sight of man. When all the ministers and disciples of such a God and bible take Him and His word seriously, then everyone, faith and no faith alike, can rejoice.
Let the Civil Union be what it is. But keep marriage honorable.