Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage: The Connection Between Sex & Marriage

I am continuing a blog series on the topic of same-sex marriage. It is an issue that is at the forefront of our culture today. Over the past couple of weeks, I have looked at several different aspects of this issue:
Today, I want to slightly turn the topic to ask the question, "Is there an inherent link between any type of sex and marriage?" My response is YES! We cannot talk about sex in any way, shape, or form without talking about marriage as God has designed it. Albert Mohler remarks on this issue in this way:
"According to the Christian worldview, sex makes sense only within the context of marriage. Sex outside of marriage is an insult to the Creator's design and a display of human arrogance. Unsatisfied with God's provision for us in marriage, human sinfulness is displayed in our demand for autonomy--for our 'rights' as creatures--and in our rejection of the Creator's purpose . . . Throughout the bible, sexual sins are revealed in their inherent sinfulness precisely because each of these sins--whether incest, or bestiality, or homosexuality, or lust--is a desire for something less than God's completion in the covenant of marriage, and for something less than purity in our reception of God's gift" (Sex & the Supremacy of Christ, 110).
When I looked at 1 Corinthians 6, I pointed out that homosexual relationships were definitely shown by Paul to represent unrighteous acts that show someone to be outside of inheriting the kingdom. But what we often fail to realize is that the first thing listed is sexual immorality (fornication). While there are some in Christian circles that want to put the onus on the homosexual movement, maybe the gay marriage debate has become so rampant because the culture (including the church) has taken such a loose stance on any sex outside of marriage as being sinful.

So we turn on our TV and laugh at things that promote sex outside of marriage. We walk by the magazine aisle and are confronted with fornication and we are not really shocked. We listen to people call themselves "Christian" and then engage in acts of fornication without blinking an eye. And the church has done very little to oppose it.

But Paul wasn't done. He even goes on to say that the adulterer was unrighteous and not part of those that would inherit the kingdom of God. This is specific sexual relationship of a married person outside of their marriage. In OT times, the punishment for this could be death. Before we get on our high moral horse, maybe we need to examine all the details. Jesus said that to lust after someone is to be guilty of that same adultery. 

This is a zero tolerance zone. We cannot talk about sex at all without talking about the marriage of one man and one woman for life. If we are going to have real meaningful conversations with someone about homosexuality or same-sex marriage, we had better be willing to say that any sex outside of marriage is just as sinful as their relationships are to God. If we don't we are blurring the line of God's intent for sex. But as you know, sex is misused all the time. But that's for next time. Until then . . .

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