On Nov. 17, twelve Republican Senators joined the 50-member Senate Democratic caucus to move forward a modified version of the egregiously named “Respect for Marriage Act” that the House approved in June. The bill protects same-sex “marriages” under federal law. With the backing of the GOP’s dirty dozen, the final passage of the bill is now all but a formality.
The bill stands in violation of many longstanding customs, including the well-known phrase from the 16th century Anglican Book of Common Prayer: “Who giveth this woman to be married to this man?” The bill is also a breach of basic human biology. But even more grievous is the bill’s opposition to the eternally standing Word of God: “Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous” (Hebrews 13:5).
Chief among the perpetrators of this high-handed rebellion who will be judged by the Almighty is Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the erstwhile only hope of the GOP against the apocalyptic terror that was Barack Obama.
If only Romney could have defeated Obama in 2012, then traditional values would have remained unmolested, right? Unlikely. Romney has joined hands with the wicked to take counsel against the Lord and against his Anointed. We shouldn’t be surprised though – neither Romney nor the heretical cult to which he belongs (Mormonism) have ever expressed any serious interest in obeying God’s Word, in matters civil or theological. Welcome home, Mitt, say the pagan Leftists.
Romney’s excuse? “While I believe in traditional marriage, Obergefell is and has been the law of the land upon which LGBTQ individuals have relied,” he said. “This legislation provides certainty to many LGBTQ Americans, and it signals that Congress—and I—esteem and love all of our fellow Americans equally.”
In other words: “While I believe in traditional marriage, I have absolutely no respect for it.”
What is surprising is that more Republicans didn’t approve of the measure. At this point, why not? They are clearly not seeking to honor Christ in the civil realm.
The Word of God Is Sharper Than Any Two-Edged Sociological Study
The problem is not that Mitt and his pals are ignorant of the correct definition of marriage. They know it quite well: “Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them” (Romans 1:32). The problem is that they hate the Creator of marriage.
The destruction of marriage in America could not have been avoided by more impassioned appeals to natural law and human biology. The Word of God is the weapon that American Christians should have been using. But they cast it aside. Instead, we relied on the GOP to preserve marriage by political dealmaking and appeals to tradition, economics, and sociology. We gave up our Howitzer in order to take a butter knife to a gunfight.
Turns out the pagans care little for natural law, human biology, and sociological studies.
But do they care about the Bible? No, in fact they hate it more than those other things. It is also true that the Bible does not provide a different definition for marriage than human tradition has provided: one man and one woman. As per Romans 1, mankind knows the truth about marriage, with or without a Bible to read.
So why do I argue for the Bible as the only cultural weapon capable of preserving marriage (or any good thing)? Because the Bible does have something that economic arguments, appeals to tradition, and sociological studies do not, namely true power: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
You can’t say that about a government-funded and peer-reviewed study by an Ivy League school on the long-term benefits of faithful monogamous relationships among Americans in the 20th century, for example.
I’m sure that study would be fantastic – but it is not perfect, and it will not revive the soul. The Law-Word of the Lord is, however, “perfect, reviving the soul” (Psalm 19:7).
It’s time for Christians – those which are left in our land – to return to the Bible as our starting point and our ending point. It is time to declare that Christ is King, and his Law-Word is supreme. We didn’t get to this point in our history – where millions of babies are being murdered, boys and girls are being mutilated in the name of transgender ideology, and craven politicians defy the institution of marriage – because Christians boldly declared the powerful Word of God. We got here because we have relied on everything but Christ and his Law-Word.