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The Marriage Debate

August 9, 2010
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Ed Morrissey at Hot Air wrote an article suggesting that government should not be involved in marriage, but instead just enforce a domestic contract – similar to a pre-nuptial agreement – that is unrelated to whether or not the contract’s signers get married by a church or other religious authority.

This is a position I have long believed is the only possible solution to the marriage debate.  The problem isn’t that the government is refusing the right to marry from some groups of people.  The problem is that government got involved in marriage in the first place.  No debate about marriage can ignore the religious nature of marriage.  Marriage is a religious institution that, in the Christian tradition, is a covenant between one man, one woman, and God.   Other religions may have different definitions, but there’s no doubt that the U.S. government has codified the traditional Christian marriage into law.

This was a great error in judgment.  It is a situation that should not please either Americans or Christians.  Americans should object because it violates the First Amendment of the Constitution.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Federal marriage law establishes a specific religious institution from a specific group of religious traditions.  The law therefore limits the free exercise of any religion with a different tradition.

From the perspective of Christians, the federal law inserts a fourth entity into the marriage.   The covenant now consists of one man, one woman, God and Uncle Sam.  And Uncle Sam is the most powerful member of the Covenant, because he ultimately decides if the marriage is valid.  This is in direct opposition to the First Commandment of the Bible.

You shall have no other gods before me.

Allowing Uncle Sam to decide whether or not a covenant that includes God is valid, places Uncle Sam before God.

The current debate going on is whether or not same-sex marriage is valid.  Traditional Christians believe it is not, because of their understanding of the covenant.  Other religions may believe differently.  The federal government, according to the First Amendment of  the U.S. Constitution, is not allowed to take a side.  If it sides with the traditional Christians, it establishes their beliefs.  If it sides with the gay marriage advocates, it establishes another set of beliefs.  Either way, someone’s religious beliefs will not be represented.  Someone’s religious freedom will be abridged.

The only possible solution is to separate marriage from government.

But, don’t expect the common sense solution to come to pass any time soon.  The activists that organize practically all of the leftist causes aren’t interested in finding a solution any individual problem.  Why?  Because they have a bigger, more important cause that they are working towards.  And public discontent works toward that goal.  They really want Marxism.  The method of getting to a Marxist revolution (or evolution) is to divide the country into lots of little groups, sow dissent among them until there are innumerable irreconcilable differences, and then to push the idea that only more powerful and invasive government can mediate those differences.  Then, the public will not only welcome a tyrannical government, they’ll demand it.

Until the majority of Americans realize they are being played against each other, they won’t be able to resist the narrative pushed by the Marxists in politics and the media.  As long as Americans don’t reject these stupid labels and manufactured divisions, things will continue to get worse.

Footnote – I really dislike religious arguments in a political debate.  They generally serve to confuse or diminish the important issues that are the purview of the government.  The only time I find religious arguments appropriate is when the government is legislating religion, as it is in the marriage debate.  Even so, simply stating – God or The Bible says … does not ever win a political argument.

This is not to say you should abandon your beliefs – just don’t try to win an argument with them.  Faith is a great inspiration, a great moral guide, and a great comfort when things look as hopeless as they do now.  So by all means, if you are a believer, keep on believing and don’t let any one shame you because of it.  Just be aware that a non-believer will not be swayed by the Word of God in a political debate.

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