Marriage: Words Have Meaning… Don’t they?

Marriage was amended in America during the 1970s, and it has only become more adjustable over time. Same-sex “marriage” became legal in 2015, but it was during the 1970s that American states began passing laws that would allow for something called “no-fault divorce.” No-fault divorce is a phrase that refers to rejecting the lifelong covenant of marriage without cause. Essentially, two married individuals may decide to break their union for any reason or no particular reason at all. Not only was this a tragedy, it was also a serious redefinition of marriage. Mutual lifelong commitment is one necessary, essential, and fundamental aspect of marriage.

During the last few years Americans have been able to experience just how pliable the definition of marriage really is when it is cut away from its moorings. The word “marriage,” we are told, may now be defined so as to include relationships between two males or two females. It seems that the civil authorities in America might define “marriage” as a contractual relationship between two adults that may be created and dissolved at will, simply with the use of legal counsel. 

The question should be asked, however, “Does civil authority have the ability to define or redefine marriage?” Obviously, the answer to this question will depend heavily on the origins of marriage. Quite frankly, marriage was established as an institution far earlier than the American civil government and legal system. Even if one does not have a Christian worldview, the fact that the institution of marriage predates the America is beyond refutation. Therefore, it is plainly demonstrated that the American government is overreaching its own authority by attempting to redefine marriage.

Christians are not new arrivals to the worksite of defining terms appropriately. In fact, one might argue that Christianity itself rests upon understanding the proper definitions to terms like goodsinjustification, and faith. While Christians are certainly not capable of perfection in this mortal life, the Bible repeatedly commands Christians to live as humble usurpers of a seemingly pagan-dominated world (1 Peter 8:3-17; 2 Peter 3:11-13).

The pagan world may call anything “marriage,” but it is the Christian’s obligation and privilege to live according to God’s definition rather than another.

“Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous” (Heb 13:4).

Author: marcminter

Marc Minter is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Diana, TX. He and his wife, Cassie, have two sons, Micah and Malachi.

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