Yesterday President Obama came out in favor of homosexual marriage.
Christians are rightly angry at the idea of homosexual marriage. The Scriptures clearly teach marriage as between a man and a woman and homosexual behavior is plainly identified as sin. So to combine homosexuality and marriage is anathema.
I get that. I agree with that, but did we give up our right to define the word when we gave it to the government to regulate?
We asked Caesar (the government) to certify marriage, and he did. For years, the standard, even in the church, for marriage is the official, governmental standard. It didn’t matter to us if you stood before a minister or the justice of the peace, if you were married, you were married. Marriage was official. Caesar said so. The church affirmed.
But Caesar took marriage as his own. He began re-defining it a long time ago.
Some states recognize “common law” marriages. After a couple has been together and cohabited a certain amount of time, Caesar recognizes them as married. For them to split up, there has to be a divorce. A dissolution of the marriage.
Caesar says they are married.
Now Caesar wants to say that two men can be married. Now Caesar wants to say two women can marry. Caesar believes he owns marriage because marriage has long been a civil institution. It is regulated and owned by Caesar.
We, the church, let Caesar have marriage because we thought it would impose our morality on society. It did for some time. Even people who had no commitment to the holy covenant of marriage nor the God who instituted it were duly married by Caesar and his appointees. Some of those appointees were representatives of the church.
“By the power vested in me by Caesar, I now pronounce you husband and wife.” We even operate as Caesar’s representative.
We willingly gave the government our word. We gladly worked as Caesar’s representative. We use Caesar’s system to authenticate marriage. We gave marriage to Caesar. Now (just now?) he is messing it up and we are up in arms.
Jesus said we are to render to Caesar the things that belong to him and to God the things that belong to Him. The problem is, we’ve been sleeping with Caesar. We married him and we have given him things that rightly belong to God. Now what are we going to do about it?
One thing is for sure, it is going to be messy.
I think it might be a good idea not to share what is sacred with Caesar.