Well, I'd been planning for this week's post to be about the upcoming Marvel reboot. However, in light of recent events, it looks like that topic will have to wait. The SCOTUS decision has opened a floodgate for topics that need to be discussed. I'm going to try to go over a number of them, but for this week, I'll be focusing on gay marriage. There are, however, several things that I need to mention first. One, this is not a political post. Two, I would remind you that disagreements are allowed, and to some extent even encouraged, on two conditions. The first, that you're respectful, and the second, that you have proper logic to back you up. If you disagree and don't say so, then neither of us learns anything. But disagreements based on how you feel about the issue don't mean anything, since everybody has different feelings. Finally, this is not a post about the LGBT community. This is a post about marriage."I have no control over my feelings, or what triggers them. Fortunately though, I also have a brain."
Much of what I've seen in the recent media has been based on how people feel about the issue. In particular, Christians have had a wide range of emotions, with many crying that this is an abomination against traditional marriage, while others shout that we should love and tolerate the LGBT community even if we disagree with them. Everybody has emotions. Some emotions are that this is a negative thing, some emotions are that this is a positive thing, some emotions are that if it is negative, we shouldn't talk about it like that, and others are that we should be intolerant of anyone that's intolerant of gay marriage.
Because of this, most articles I've seen have been missing one important point. Marriage is a religious institution. Some animals mate for life. Some animals do not. But they don't need marriage. They either stay together or they don't. If there is no God, then there's no reason for marriage. You stay together, or you don't. We see divorce happening all around us as well. This is directly against the marriage vows, "till death do us part." The Bible says that God hates divorce. Makes sense. If the Bible is true, then He designed us to be one man and one woman, and for them to be married and stay together.
I've seen articles asking why we would expect non-Christians to follow Christian ideals- after all, we've been dealing with extra-marital sex for years now, they say. The answer is that we wouldn't, which is why there should be no gay marriage. With extra-marital sex, they throw the Bible to the wind, as we would expect them to do, since they don't believe in the Bible anyway. But gay marriage is taking something of religious origins and attempting to change it. I haven't yet covered the idea of the line in the sand, but I'll give a basic overview, since it's needed here. If you set a limit, and then move that limit, the limit becomes worthless. This isn't entirely accurate, but it's close enough that it'll work for a summary, which, I hope, is all we need in this situation. The point is, marriage is something specific. There's a limit. Over here is marriage. Over there is not marriage. When we move the line so that more is considered to be "marriage," it makes the line worthless. Because now we can move it again, and again, and again. Each time, there's still somebody who's feeling left out, somebody who wants the limit to change so that they're on the right side of the line. So what is marriage anymore?
Marriage is a religious institution with a set limit. To change that limit makes the idea worthless and attacks the original reason for the limit. As a Christian, I believe that homosexuality is wrong. But that doesn't relate directly to marriage. Many other Christians believe that homosexuality is wrong, but that they should still have the right to marry. I believe otherwise, not because of my emotions or feelings, but because of the logic that I've laid forth. I believe that the recent decision was a poor one, not just because of how I feel on the subject, but because the decision goes against logic. I hope to be going over other related ideas in the future that will give more explanation on the line in the sand, as well as a few other ideas.
"You did not invent marriage. God did."