Thursday, July 26, 2012

Marriage According to Jesus

Some people say that Jesus did not say anything about “gay marriage.” In a way, that is true — He did not recognize any such a thing as “gay marriage,” so He did not mention it. But in another way, what Jesus did say about marriage is very important in regard to that issue. It leaves no room for marriage between a man and a man, or a woman and a woman.
But from the beginning of the creation, God “made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate. (Mark 10:6-9)
According to Jesus, marriage is between a male and a female, a man and his wife, joined together by God. That’s how it was from the beginning. Jesus did not change that in His day and He left us no option to change it in ours.

Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-a, started a firestorm when he affirmed in a recent interview that marriage is between a man and a woman. “We are very much supportive of the family — the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that,” he said.

Protests, insults, slurs and charges of bigotry have rained down on the company since. The city of Boston, MA has told the restaurant chain that it is no longer welcome to open up locations in that city.

In response, supporters of the chain and the stand it has taken are planning a “Chick-fil-a Appreciation Day” for Wednesday, August 1. That sounds like a good day to go in and have a chicken sandwich and some waffle fries, or in my case, chicken strips and a salad. Come Wednesday, I will be heading over to my local Chick-fil-a store around lunch time to enjoy a nice meal.

Anybody who wants to protest or cast slurs and insults at Chick-fil-a might as well do the same to Jesus. Because their view on marriage is the one Jesus taught.