Question: “How do you answer the argument that homosexual marriage will not affect or threaten the traditional institution of marriage, having no designs on interfering with such unions between one man and one woman?”
Reply: A legalization and acceptance by society of homosexual marriage is in essence a redefining of the marriage institution as God created it in the beginning in Eden. It is a further attempt to exalt the mind and will of man over the mind and will of man’s Creator. It is a promotion of self-determination over moral accountability. This is a most certain violation of the 1st commandment as well as open defiance against and rejection of the 7th commandment.
The redefining of marriage will lead to a redefining of our culture and, if consistent, a redefining of any other (if not every other) point of God’s moral law of ten commandments. The end result upon society in general will be a further deterioration of family values, defiance against authority, rebellion against God, and anarchy.
Will this have a negative effect on traditional marriage and family? Absolutely! It is an uprooting of God’s protective hedge with the idea of relocating the parameters God has established for the protection of our families. And once uprooted, by what authority do we determine where to relocate that protective hedge? Where are the new boundaries, the new moral parameters, to be placed? Once homosexual marriage is established as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, how do we say “No” to polygamy, to incest, to pedophilia, to bestiality, etc.? How much more difficult will it be to convincingly answer the inevitable questions of our children about the facts of life and to guide them in the ways of righteousness with this new “morality” foisted upon their tender and impressionable psyches?
A legalization and acceptance of a moral evil, homosexual marriage, will expand an already confused social environment for our children and youth, pitting society against Christian families, placing terrible temptation in the way of our youth, inciting more cause for rebellion among youth against their parents’ moral values. They will tend to question why their Christian parents oppose something that is legal and accepted by society at large. The conditioning of society, and the overt recruiting of youth to accept homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle becomes much easier through all levels of society: government and politics, the education system, entertainment, the media, the sports world, social services, and, yes, even through the church once gay marriage is legalized and condoned.
Follow up Question: But what about Gay Rights? Some argue that gays & lesbians just want the same rights as other people living in a de facto relationship, such rights as health coverage, acceptance as families, next of kin rights, etc.
Further Reply: All choices, by definition, are a process of elimination of other options. All choices have results and consequences. However, like sinners in general, homosexual activists want choice without elimination and without consequences. They are not satisfied with society’s tolerance; they want acceptance. They want protection. They want the special privileges of a minority status. They will not be satisfied until their perversion is celebrated and promoted. There seemingly is no end to their desires and demands. Why?
Because the roots of homosexuality, like those of all other sins, are pride, selfishness, and covetousness – the three sins especially offensive to God, three sins that made a devil out of the covering cherub Lucifer, three sins that can never be satisfied.
All choices require submission to certain parameters and a giving up of certain other rights. This applies to most aspects of life: selecting a vehicle, ordering a meal, in education choosing a major, choosing a career, getting licensed, getting married, having children, becoming a Christian. All these choices require discipline and self-denial, selection to the exclusion of many other fine options.
Choosing the homosexual lifestyle also automatically results in the exclusion of other rights and privileges. Choosing sin over obedience is choosing the wages of sin over the gift of God. “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24)
Becoming a true Christian results in a life of self-discipline, self-sacrifice, self-denial, self-less-ness. It is a rejection of the wages of sin, and a joyful acceptance of the gift of God, which is eternal life!
In light of eternal realities, may we choose to follow the example of Moses who, by faith, “when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.” (Hebrews 11:24-26)
All Power to you!