If you have been listening to the ideas of the Religious Right, especially over the latest Republican primary campaigns, you will see a large push against the gay community. The idea is that things like military service, marriage, and many other “luxuries” of life are not inalienable rights, by definition. Instead, they are defined as privileges. Privileges that are controlled by the social constructs of our society and maintained by religious and national leaders who are known to uphold “Christian” principles (since we are a Christian nation, I suppose is the assumption).
So, are they correct? Is this idea of social constructed privilege of marriage a way to regulate the lives of Americans? Rick Santorum was the latest to argue that it is a primary social ideal to promote reproduction and carry on the human race. Is that the aim? If we were to configure a different definition, could we justify a society that is accepting of other types of marriage? Let me try.
The first, and easiest way, to condemn the way our nation treats the gay community is to look at how Jesus treated adulterers. For those who don’t know how God instructed us to treat them, please look here:
Exodus 20:14 ”You shall not commit adultery.”
Deuteronomy 22:22 ”If a man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, both the man who slept with her and the woman must die.”
Seems rather simple. You cheat, you die. There are other instances of this law, but we can skip that for now. The main idea to disprove this law is how Jesus handled it in John 8:1-11
But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group
and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.
In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”
They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.
Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
In this story, Jesus recognized the inability for society to act upon God’s laws, because of the imperfections of themselves. Now, since we can now assume that people have an inability to judge others, we have no power to judge the lifestyles of others. The idea of us “preventing” a social disease, as the religious right has depicted of homosexuality, is beyond our ability. This should be even more meaningful to Protestants–which have been the leading form of Christians in America–since they believed in “faith alone” to get your place in heaven, and assumed man to be unworthy of God and unable to live as Christ did. The idea that a government or religious institutions could frame the acts of people to make them good is exactly what the Protestant Reformation was AGAINST. But before I ramble, let’s move on to true word of God on marriage. So, rather than a social construct, it seems that marriage is a form from the creator, and not upheld by the society of imperfect humans.
Gen. 2:18, 21-24
The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him’…and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh.
Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.’ For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
So in Genesis, we see God constructing a union as a form of closeness and special friendship.
For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of his body, the church; he gave his life to be her Savior. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives must submit to your husbands in everything.
And you husbands must love your wives with the same love Christ showed the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by baptism and God’s word. He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man is actually loving himself when he loves his wife. No one hates his own body but lovingly cares for it, just as Christ cares for his body, which is the church. And we are his body.
As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.
Here we see the ideals of sacrifice, love, but also some of that male-dominated lifestyle of the “ideal” Christian world (I won’t get into that just yet). So lets concentrate: marriage is intimate, a companionship, full of sacrifice, and loving. Sounds about right.
1 Corinthians 7:1-2
… It is good for a man not to marry. But since there is so much immorality, each man should have his own wife, and each woman her own husband.
Now here is the kicker!! Marriage is a way to abstain from sexual immorality. Well that’s just it!!! Types of sex like anal, oral, and premarital vaginal sex were put at the same LEVEL platform as adultery, bestiality, incest and other forms of sexual immorality in the law of God! So, through marriage, homosexuals are freed just as much as heterosexuals are. The idea that marriage is for procreation is wrong. Procreation was wanted from God, but not as the sole product of marriage. Marriage does NOT have to have procreation. Marriage is sacrificial, loving, intimate, a source of companionship, and a way to avoid sexual immorality. Any two human beings, as long as they are both consensual, should have the ability to perform this act of marriage.
RIGHT FOR ALL! Feel free to combat me.