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Local commentary: Redefining marriage an abuse of the estate of marriage

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As the November elections approach, voters across the state are being bombarded by campaign ads urging you to vote for this or that person for a particular office. You are also being called upon to vote on an amendment that the state is considering - and that is what I would have you consider before you vote.

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There has been an effort to redefine marriage to allow couples of the same gender to marry; but that is not the definition of marriage the Bible gives - a union of one man and one woman committed to each other for life. Proponents of "gay marriage" have stated that such a change will not harm "straight marriage." However, I would argue that it is harmful on several counts.

Redefining marriage is an abuse of the estate of marriage that God has given mankind. God told the Israelites, "Keep my commands and follow them. I am the LORD. Do not profane my holy name." (Leviticus 22:31,32)

The apostles Peter and Paul echoed God's will with warnings and encouragement for New Testament believers: "There will be false teachers among you...Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute." (2 Peter 2:1,2), and "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Martin Luther explained this teaching in simple terms; hear Luther's explanation to the First Petition of the Lord's Prayer from his Small Catechism:

"Hallowed be thy name. (What does this mean?) God's name is certainly holy by itself, but we pray in this petition that we too may keep it holy. (How is God's name kept holy?) God's name is kept holy when his Word is taught in its truth and purity, and we as children of God lead holy lives according to it. Help us to do this, dear Father in heaven! But whoever teaches and lives contrary to God's Word dishonors God's name among us. Keep us from doing this, dear Father in heaven!"

For a child of God to approve of this twisting of God's gift to mankind, or to remain silent while others seek to do so, is to profane God, to dishonor his holy name.

More, as the state would be creating this "marriage" (as it is not natural), it would need to legislate to protect it. That means that new laws and practices would demean the current titles of husband and wife, of mother and father, and diminish their benefit to children in the eyes of the state. The result would also be a requirement that citizens should consider anyone who disagrees with "gay marriage" as being bigoted, similar to a racist.

For these reasons, please vote "Yes" for the marriage: one man + one woman amendment on November 6. Your silence will be seen as a vote for gay marriage.

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