Who Can Change the Definition of Marriage?
I had to produce a copy of my marriage license during a process for membership into the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). I had to prove I use to have one name and legally changed it to my married name. I worry about what someone like me would do if they wanted to get married without a state license. Would it mean I would not really be married? Would it mean I would not get the benefits of marriage with out the paper trail?
Have we really thought how silly it is that government licensing departments are in the business of ordaining if someone is married or not? They have traditionally been the place to go to get marriage credentials in modern day America, so yea they think they have the power. in 2016 government entities even even went so far as to declare that homosexuals can be “married”. Do you think God was grateful they figured it out for Him since he forgot to put it in the Bible?
What do I do when the system that was part of recognizing my marriage all of a sudden changes the meaning of marriage? Does my marriage now stand for an “other-than-a–man-and-woman” marriage? That’s not what marriage means to me.
So, when I copied my marriage license I felt kind of funny. I wanted to staple a memo to it… “This is the kind of marriage between a man and a woman.” I did not want anyone to think that I approved of an “other than a man and woman” marriage, but to honor what marriage means to me, I would hope to convey that I cherished God’s definition of marriage found in the Bible.
The support for homosexuals marrying is said to come from the 14th Amendment of equal protection under the law. But, since sexuality (sodomy/homosexual behavior) is a behavior, not a race, nor a creed and not a gender, the 14th Amendment should not be used to force acceptance of an “other than man and woman” marriage. I guess you can say then, that the 14th Amendment should also not protect or force acceptance of an “only man and woman marriage”, right? If you agree with the reach, or non-reach of the 14th Amendment, you then have to believe that this issue should then be left up to the states and the people.
Jay Sekulow’s recent book, “Undemocratic – How Unelected, Unaccountable Bureaucrats Are Stealing Your Liberty and Freedom” spells out how our freedoms are being stolen through bureaucracy, rules and regulations more than through what goes on in congress; and the fight for freedom is to simply Resist, Reform and Restore. So our response as Christians is to resist this new definition of marriage and teach our children that marriage is squarely an ordinance of God, and that marriage was instituted by God and is therefore a God-given right. According to Scripture, it is to be governed by the family.
A great summary of this issue is found on http://hushmoney.org/MarriageLicense-5.htm: “Historically, there was no requirement to obtain a marriage license in colonial America. When you read the laws of the colonies and then the states, you see only two requirements for marriage. First, you had to obtain your parents’ permission to marry, and second, you had to post public notice of the marriage 5-15 days before the ceremony.” George Washington was married without a (state) marriage license. So, how did we come to this place in America where marriage licenses are issued?
Christian couples have no need to marry with state marriage licenses, and ministers do not need to ask couples to get a state marriage license before he performs the ceremony. If someone is married without a marriage license, then are they really married? If a man and a man marry with a state marriage license, and a man and woman marry without a state marriage license – who’s really married? Are the two men with a marriage license married, or the man and woman without a marriage license truly married? If we outlaw sodomy as God’s law demands, there would then be no support in the law for sodomites marrying.
If this is all too complicated to talk over with your children, simply tell them it’s important to know that marriage is an institution of God and as such, a state license is not required. Congressman George V. Hansen of Idaho said, “It’s impossible to have religious freedom in any nation where churches are licensed to the government.” A large national push is underway encouraging pastors to not marry through the state. If this becomes successful, then we will know who is in charge of marriage.