Not a Piece of Paper
One of our favorite wedding photographs is where Judy and I embrace and she winks while holding our wedding license on my back.
For many years, the state’s part in a wedding has been very small: it has been confined to the issuance of a license and, later, a certificate. Now, however, the government is placed in the role of defining marriage.
Why has the government’s role become so large? The answer is simply divorce. Once God is taken out of marriage all that is left is a civil union defined by the state and not by the word of God. Divorce is a piece of paper.
When God is no longer associated with marriage, then it becomes something the state can begin and end with court papers. So, for many people these days, marriage is nothing more than a scrap of paper.
The latest man-made deviation from God’s plan for marriage has been fostered by those who wish to make same-sex marriage the law of the land. Since marriage is recognized by many people as simply a civil matter, homosexuals have decided they wish to have “the right” to get married.
All of man’s digression from God’s institution of marriage, whether it is divorce or same-sex marriage, springs from one motive: remove God from the process.
For the joining of a man and woman to become marriage, it must of necessity include God. Marriages cannot be made without God. In the wedding ceremony, the bride and the groom are asked if they take each other and will live “after God’s own ordinance.” God’s ordinance is not man’s contract law. It is GOD’S LAW.
Homosexuals claim they want the “right” to get married, but do not understand marriage is in accordance with God’s law, not civil law. It is not a civil contract: it is a MARRIAGE by God’s ordinance.
If it is the case that marriage is described as only a union between a man and a woman, then it is the case that marriage is not a union God allows for homosexuals. It is the case that God designed marriage only for a man and a woman (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5,7). Therefore, marriage is not a union God allows for homosexuals. Instead, these are people who are only mentioned among those who will never inherit the kingdom of God and its blessings (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
Marriage isn’t just a piece of paper signed by an official of the state. It is according to the divine ordinance of Almighty God.