The government of God is not determined by politics. The will and the ways of God are written in the Word of God for our highest good. Jesus said that: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Matt 24:35). Therefore let us learn from Jesus as our highest authority above media, politics and polls.
In learning from Scripture we understand that the unchanging principles of God’s Word are eternal from cover to cover. However the application of the ways of God shifted from LAW in the Old Testament to GRACE in the New Testament. On this basis let us develop our understanding of the Covenant of Marriage from the sure foundation of God’s Word.
As a guideline in this discussion there is a principle that informs our approach to regulating relationships on a national basis: While Civil Unions belong to the State the Covenant of Marriage belongs to God. This distinctive goes back to creation itself and gives us the way to be true to God’s word without being homophobic.
What did Jesus teach about marriage?
“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6).
It’s clear that God designed and Jesus confirmed that marriage is between one man and one woman, and that only within this Covenant of Marriage do the two become one flesh with God’s blessing. In this way God designed marriage as the safe and magnificent environment for the raising of children.
It’s not biologically possible for two men or two women to become “one flesh” and procreate children. Marriage is not about individual rights. It is about a journey of discovery on how to live lives of honour, purity and blessing in our God given sexuality and relationships. The reader should also study the teaching of St Paul in Romans 1:24-32 to discover how we cause grief to God if we deviate from the magnificent plans he devised for our lives and our families.
In Hebrews 13:4 we read:
Marriage should be honoured by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”.
How excellent is this guidance and promise? God wants to be part of our marriages and families. Accordingly we need to do family his way to welcome his presence, protection and providence.
God wants children to be loved and cared for by a mum and a dad; to have dads who love, adore and protect their moms. God wants families to grow up safe and secure from the destructiveness of sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse and poverty. He wants children to grow up in an environment of an enduring loving union where a mum and a dad lead family free from anger, jealousy, fear and violence.
While these risks are always possible, we have continuously available in Christ his solutions of repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation.
This is a vision of beauty and joy for marriage as God intended it. God wants kids to grow up in the joy, freedom and hope that is found in the security of a family that functions according to the wisdom and ways of God.
To experience this plan we do not look to the media or politics but to the magnificence, wisdom and beauty of the Word of God.
In both families and government the greatest solutions that exist come from aligning our personal and national life with the will and the ways of God. God designed creation for us to enjoy him and each other forever. He knows how it works best so let’s be informed by his Word.
From the very beginning God designed the three-fold Covenant of Marriage between himself, one man and one woman for our greatest blessing in families.
Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.