Let me put my cards on the table about marriage:
I don’t believe the government should have any say in marriage. Marriage is a religious ceremony established by God. So to be consistent, why should atheists even bother getting married? To be further consistent, why should Christian couples bother getting a marriage certificate issued by the state.
But the reality is that since the reformation, the jurisdiction of nation states has overlapped with religious institutions. As governments have become increasingly secular, should we be surprised or complain that they seek to reinterpret laws to apply to the civil union practices of all its citizens? including polygamists or homosexuals?
Since the fall, homosexuality has always been present. However the global push for homosexual marriage is unprecedented. But why do homosexuals want to get married?
1. To receive civil union rights such as tax/employment benefits? These mostly now exist for both defacto and gay couples.
2. To receive validation of their relationship? Most people who are going to agree with gay relationships already accept it. Homosexuality is not only legal, but openly celebrated on TV and in most institutions (excluding religious ones).
3. To destroy heterosexual marriage? This seems to be the plan. Let me elaborate.
Ephesians 5:22+ clearly states that marriage is a divine symbol of Christ redemption of his bride – the church. Redefining marriage then becomes a symbolic attack on the gospel. That is why gay marriage activism is subtly anti-gospel activism. If marriage was established by God as between a man and woman, then gay marriage is an attack on the created order. Redefining ‘martial love’ as more than a husband and a wife, is by extension redefining the gospel love that Christ has for his church.
As Christians, we can sometimes be disturbed at the moral decay of social conventions. However, at the end of the day, even when our government legalizes gay marriage, it will not be bona fida. God established marriage and only He can authorize true marriage. Legitimacy is determined by His view and it is only His view that counts.
Apart from our voting and democratic petitioning privileges, the best way we can respond to gay marriage activism is to cultivate our own heterosexual marriages and to teach our children accordingly. We must not modify or be ashamed of true marriage and the gospel. As we grow in our marriages before God, then the gospel will shine more brightly in our lives. Furthermore, we will long all the more for the coming marriage supper of the Lamb where the redemptive gospel will be fulfilled.