Marriage ►

A Jewish WeddingPrior to the last few decades, marriage has always been defined and recognized across time and across cultures as a relationship between a man and a woman. What we are looking at today is not an inclusion into this institution of those who have been “denied” marriage because of their homosexual activity, but a redefinition of a relationship that is the cornerstone of society, and which societies and countries have protected through legal means because of the understanding and recognition of the importance to society of the mutual and complementary love, enjoyment and support uniquely provided by each sex to the other, and because of the understanding and recognition of the importance of the future of a society through the protection and rearing of children in a family setting in which they learn love, trust, discipline and identity through the unique and different abilities and perspectives of the two sexes.

Among other things, the continual drive to redefine marriage is about gaining approval for a lifestyle that has been considered immoral throughout most of history—and making it illegal for those who believe that it is immoral not only to voice their beliefs, but also to live according to their beliefs.

Wedding RingsTattered as many families and marriages are across this country, our goal as individuals and as a nation should be to support them and assist the strengthening and perpetuity of this institution rather than its destruction. Christians work as individuals and as groups to help marriages and children. The attempt by those antagonistic to marriage to redefine the institution must, by the very logic of their purpose, also include in the cross hairs, not only the destruction of the definition of the legally recognized marriage relationship, but the destruction of those who defend the marriage relationship.

Do some reading. Understand the issues and be able to explain what marriage is and its necessity to individual well-being, to families, to the economy and to society. Watch for the propaganda machine that has been and is in full swing. Don’t let people redefine words: the issue is not traditional marriage v. same-sex marriage, the issue is marriage v. the redefinition of marriage. You will see all seven tricks of the propaganda trade and their corollaries.

In the side bar under Resources you’ll see a link to What Is Marriage? It’s a lengthy paper, but an important one and answers many questions. There’s also a link to Public Discourse: Ethics, Law, and the Common Good. There are many articles on marriage at the site. Some of them may be slow to get through, and I’m not endorsing every statement or author, but there is some excellent thinking at Public Discourse. If ever there were a time “to dare to read, think, speak, and write,” it is now.

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Posts on marriage include:

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Posts on What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense by Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert George are found at the Marriage sub-page, What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense

Posts on the March SCOTUS hearings on marriage are found at the Marriage sub-page, SCOTUS Hearings On Marriage: March 2013 .

Related:

Whether or not you’re from Minnesota, this is an excellent site with a great deal of helpful information you can use no matter where you live.

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Pray for God’s mercy and help.

The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord;
He turns it wherever He wishes.
Proverbs 21:1
Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them. When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the ashes. He issued a proclamation and it said, “In Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles: Do not let man, beast, herd, or flock taste a thing. Do not let them eat or drink water. But both man and beast must be covered with sackcloth; and let men call on God earnestly that each may turn from his wicked way and from the violence which is in his hands. Who knows, God may turn and relent and withdraw His burning anger so that we will not perish.”
When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it.
Jonah 3:5–10

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Jozef Israëls, A Jewish Wedding, 1903.
Wedding Rings, Jeff Belmonte: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic.

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