I am very grateful to be here addressing an issue of utmost importance to this community, to this nation, and for the good of civilization.
We are standing for righteousness. But righteousness is not rooted in the philosophies of men, nor is it rooted in the concerns of well-meaning politicians: righteousness is rooted in the One who is all-together Righteous, namely God himself. And when I say God, I am not referring to the man upstairs, or to some figment of human imagination, I am speaking of the Who is Three and One—the God of the Bible who is the God of Creation.
When this Triune God declares something to be very good, there is no force, no political legislation, no decree from Washington, no rationale from universities that can reverse this declaration. As a minister of the Gospel, I am here to declare that God has instituted marriage, and declared it very good. His creation was nothing less than magnificent. And not only did the God of Sacred Scriptures declare this relationship between a man and a woman within the sacred walls of marriage to be very good, but He also sealed it with His Divine approval. He said that they are one flesh. Man and woman complement one another. They are the result of this masterful and glorious creation. To quote G.K. Chesterton: “Marriage is a fact.”
The Lord Jesus Christ spoke with absolute authority and echoed the words of creation when he said in Mark 10: “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
God created only two humans, not a group of males and females who could configure as they pleased or switch partners as it suited them, but a man and a woman who would form an indivisible union, revealing completeness and compatibility.
But not only is the marriage between a man and a woman grounded in creation, and not only does Jesus re-affirm that in the Gospels, marriage also functions as a symbol of the Gospel. The marriage of a man and a woman is a symbol of the marriage between Christ and His Bride, the Church. If marriage is threatened or marred, then the Gospel of the Love of Christ for us, sinners, is also marred in our culture. This can never be!
We must stand up for righteousness, but not a righteousness rooted in sophistry, not a righteousness rooted in some random version of God, not a righteousness rooted in what we may think or feel, but a righteousness rooted in the God who made heaven and earth; a God who created man and woman to represent and be examples to the world of what love truly is, and that through that love the love of God is revealed; a love which sacrifices His one and only Son, a love which heals the broken hearted, the poor, and the marginalized; a love which leads to the changing of heart, and a love that is not bound by time, but endures forever. Amen.