Recently when the Supreme Court was hearing arguments on the same-sex marriage case this week, Judge Anthony Kennedy commented “the word that keeps coming back to me in this case is millennial;” referring to the length of time marriage has been defined as a union between a man and a woman. “This definition has been with us for millennia,” he said. “It’s very difficult for the court to say, oh, well, we know better.” The solution to the dilemma lies within the opening pages of the Bible.
“So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,
‘This at last is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.’
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed” (Genesis 2:21-25).
Throughout the Bible when marriage is presented, it is never recorded to be of the same-sex. Jesus, himself, when questioned about divorce used this passage above as the context for His answer, and He inferred marriage is between a man and a woman (Matthew 19:1-12). The above passage is also the first account of marriage between a man and a woman and dates back 5,000 years. During this span of time civilizations across the globe have held and adhered to God’s design for marriage. No one knows better than God what defines marriage. God said this about Himself,
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
Some say the verses in the Bible regarding marriage have no validity in today’s society. The Supreme Court might indeed change the definition of marriage. No matter what, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8).
The Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision regarding marriage in June. I am praying for the justices as they decide the case, especially Judge Anthony Kennedy. He is considered unpredictable when casting a vote in cases that come before the court. Often I remind myself of Proverbs 21:1. “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.” Dear Lord, please turn Judge Kennedy’s heart to uphold marriage as You designed. Amen.