To the Editor:
Recently, I listened to a podcast that discussed gay marriage. In the podcast one individual remarked that Christians and proponents of gay marriage are just “on the opposite side of a political issue.” The next day I received a piece of literature in the mail from a Christian group dedicated to upholding traditional marriage that noted, “Come learn how you and your church can use your constitutional rights to defend marriage.”
Minnesotans are going to be bombarded with talk and advertisement pushes over the upcoming marriage amendment this fall. Unfortunately, for many on both sides of the question, the issue has become a political one.
Christians have not historically made marriage a political question. Instead they have seen marriage as a Bible question. This is to say that God has revealed purposes, blessings, and limitations for marriage.
Christians fundamentally understand marriage as a means of reflection which is shown in two ways. First, both male and female together reflect the character, essence, and glory of God. In Genesis 1:26-27 we are told that God created both sexes in his image. Marriage joins the unique qualities of a man and woman to form a complete picture of God’s character.
Second, marriage is a reflection of the relationship Jesus Christ has with his Church. Jesus is pictured by the apostle Paul in Ephesians 5 as the husband and the Church as his bride. The husband (Jesus) loves and cherishes his bride (the Church). She in turn serves and treasures him.
Beyond reflection, Christians see blessings in marriage. Through marriage there is the possibility of children. In marriage there is the promise of companionship, support, love, and care. Furthermore, marriage offers the blessing of humanity’s rule and dominion of the earth (Genesis 1:27-28).
God also provides limitations for marriage. Marriage is restricted to one man and one woman. Moses teaches this in Genesis 2, and both Jesus and the Apostle Paul reaffirm this assertion. This limitation is not designed to restrict joy but to expand it. Without God’s limitation, marriage could not reflect the glory of God or Christ’s relationship to the Church. Furthermore, marriage could not offer its unique blessings.
This fall I plan to exercise my constitutional right to uphold traditional marriage with my vote. However, the issue for me is not political in nature: It is a Bible question. Christians believe that God has spoken. Will Minnesotans listen to what he has said?
Pastor David Stertz
Sunrise Bible Church