Who Will Speak for Marriage?
By Alexander Samuels
The California State Legislature recently passed a measure that would have essentially legalized same-sex "marriage" in America's most populated state, and would've become law if Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger had not pledged to veto the bill. In an article posted yesterday by AgapePress, James Lambert interviewed radio talk show host Paul McGuire of KBRT in Southern California about the role pastors are not playing in dealing with such legislation in California: . . .
"I recently interviewed Dr. James Dobson [of Focus on the Family] and Dr. James Kennedy [of Coral Ridge Ministries] on my program," McGuire stated this week. "They both agreed that one of the major reasons that homosexual marriage bills like AB 849 are being passed in California is that the pastors of California are not involved in these issues and are not alerting their people."
The talk-show host continued, offering his opinion that "the number-one reason California keeps seeing gay marriage bills and other anti-family bills passing is that the pastors of California refuse to talk from the pulpit about the serious issues facing California families."
It is obvious, McGuire says, that those pastors' flocks would like the preachers to take on the tough issues. "The problem is not so much the individual Christians," he says. "The problem is the pastors."
So why are some pastors not willing to speak out about the important issues facing marriage? I don't see this as just a California problem. I believe the question is relevant to our nation. Marriage was instituted and ordained by God at Creation. We cannot ignore God's law concerning the establishment of this institution.
In many cases, I think that pastors even avoid teaching the simplest principles of the Bible on marriage because of the "whining factor." One pastor I know was told by single members of his church, "It make us feel 'less than' when you teach on being married." The divorced members of the church would line up to tell him, "You make us feel so guilty when you teach about God's laws concerning marriage." Others would say, "Don't say anything about homosexuality because a member of the congregation's son is gay. We don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. We don't want to lose members."
So for the sake of hurt feelings and whiners who really don't want to have the discipline of God's Word in their lives, pastors cave in and give up. Of course, there are also those situations where a pastor is told to give in or get out by the elders or deacons. Finally, we cannot forget that some "so-called" pastors believe that the moral teachings of the Scriptures are outdated anyway.
R.C. Sproul, in his book Essential Truths of the Christian Faith, writes:
Marriage is to be an exclusive relationship between one man and one woman wherein the two become "one flesh," being united physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. It is intended to last for life. The union is secured by a sacred vow and covenant and consummated by physical union. Scripture lists only two situations under which the agreement may be dissolved - infidelity and abandonment.
Infidelity is forbidden in the marriage relationship. The institution of marriage was created by God so that men and women could mutually complete one another and take part in His creative work of procreation. The physical union necessary for procreation also has a spiritual significance. It points toward and illustrates the spiritual union of husband and wife. Paul uses this union to symbolize the relationship between Christ and His church even as the Old Testament described the covenant relationship between God and Israel by the figure of marriage.
So, where do your church and your pastor stand in this battle? It is not just a political battle, but rather a spiritual battle with forces of light and darkness making war here on Earth and in the heavens. The apologists for an irrelevant and meaningless Gospel have already made deadly inroads into the church. The destruction of the family, as God ordained it at Creation, is the devil's ultimate goal.
Alexander Samuels is a regular contributor to Carolina Christian Conservative.