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Victor M. Eskew


     The date was Friday, May 16, 2008.  The state was California.  The headline read as follows:  “California Supreme Court overturns gay marriage ban.”  The bi-line of the Los Angeles Times read:  “In a 4-3 decision, the justices rule that people have a fundamental ‘right to marry’ the person of their choice and that gender restrictions violate the state Constitution’s equal protection guarantee.”  This was not the first state to grant marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples.  “Same-sex marriage in the U.S. state of Massachusetts began on May 17, 2004, as a result of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruling in the Goodridge vs Department of Public Health that it was unconstitutional under the Massachusetts constitution to allow only heterosexual couples to marry” (Wikipedia, “Same-sex marriage in Massachusetts”).

     These two judicial decisions should cause every Bible believer grave concern for several reasons.  First, these decisions reveal that U.S. law will no longer be rooted in the laws of the Creator.  In the beginning of the creation, man was lonely (Gen. 2:18).  God solved man’s aloneness by creating a woman from his rib and bringing her unto the man (Gen. 2:22).  One has rightly stated:  “God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.”  God’s design for marriage never involved two men or two women joined in holy wedlock.  In fact, both the Old Testament and the New Testament classify homosexuality as sin (Gen. 18:20; Rom. 1:26-32; I Cor. 6:9-10).  Prior to the cross of Calvary, homosexuality was punishable by death.  “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed abomination:  they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them” (Lev. 20:13).  Many of the judges of this nation no longer care about God’s divine laws.  They are seeking to satisfy the fleshly desires of wicked men and women.  Their decisions on behalf of homosexual marriages are ripping the divine framework from the legal system of this land.

     Another reason we should be concerned about the decisions made in Massachusetts and California is because these decisions are the beginning of an avalanche of decisions to come.  After California’s judges rendered their decision, one college professor noted that more states will follow California’s example.  If they do not, they will have cases forced upon them by the gay and lesbian community.  Gays will marry in states where it is legal to do so.  They will then move to states where it is illegal and challenge the constitutionality of those laws.  Eventually, a case will make it to the Supreme Court of the United States.  The professor we referred to earlier was convinced that the Chief Justices would rule in favor of same-sex marriages.  If this happens, the flood-gates will be opened to all types of discrimination law suits.  These suits will also be brought upon many churches that oppose homosexuality. 

     Third, the approval of gay marriages will bring our nation far down to the road of moral bankruptcy.  If the homosexuals can change the definition of marriage to include gays and lesbians, others will be free to include polygamy, pedophilia, and incest within the definition.  If not, why not?  We will eventually live in an “everything goes” society.

     Having turned from God, many have forgotten that it is God who ordains the powers that be (Rom. 13:1).  In essence, the United States exists as a world power because God allows it to exist.  Dear readers, our existence is not guaranteed.  If we turn from the God of heaven, He can easily turn from us.  In fact, He has promised that He will do just that if we do evil in His sight.  “And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; if it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then will I repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them (Jer. 18:9-10).  Will Bible believers allow this to happen to our nation?  Let’s right up and demand that all of our government officials abide by God’s laws of morality and righteousness.  “Righteousness exalteth a nation:  but sin is a reproach to any people” (Prov. 14:34).