THE DIVINE ORDER OF MARRIAGE

Scripture reading: Genesis 2:18-25
 
On the 9th of May 2012, the President of the USA, Mr. Barack Obama, made a statement emphasizing his support for same-sex marriage, and in the process set up a firestorm of debate among the populace of America. His exact words were, "At a certain point I've just concluded that for me, personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married." It's highly gratifying knowing that, this is the position of a mortal man like you and me who is privileged to occupy the esteemed office of the presidency of the USA. It's however noteworthy that concerning the institution of marriage, God has a lot to say about it, and has unambiguous standards stated in His infallible scriptures. In the arena of the apolitical Kingdom of God, it's my prayer that all Christians would set aside their emotions, political affiliations and carnal viewpoints and look into the perfect law of liberty of God's word for answers to this wonderful institution.
 
What's the definition of marriage in the context of God's word? Today's scripture reading gives an account of the origin and purpose of marriage. On the sixth day of creation, Gen. 1:27-28 states, "So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them; then God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." The original concept of the creation of the male and female genders, as well as the subsequent formation of their unique bodies as stated in Gen. 2:7 & 21 were God's. In plain terms, the first human institution on the earth was introduced by no one else but Almighty God as the writer of the first book of the Bible stated in Gen. 2:24-25, "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife (called a woman in the previous scripture), and they shall become one flesh; and they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed." This fact was reiterated by Jesus Christ during His ministry on earth in Matt. 19:4-5, "And Jesus answered and said to them, "Have you not read that He who madethem at the beginning 'made them male and female,'and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'?" The Apostle Paul also highlighted this divine truth in Eph. 5:31, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."

The mysterious process of amalgamation of a man and a woman into one flesh in the institution of marriage is not done in the Supreme Court, Congress or the office of the President of the USA. This process is a great mystery which was initially accomplished by God and continues to be in His utmost purview. The courts, presidents, families and even churches don't join people in marriage. Only God does, and His definition is between a man and woman. The aforementioned institutions exist to ensure the obligations and rights of couples joined in marriage. Let me state unequivocally however, that in a democratic or man-made government, every person must be respected and treated equally regardless of creed, gender, race or sexual preference, no matter how aberrant to the word of God and nature. There is no place for hate, humiliation or unequal treatment of people based on man-made laws. There must however be a clear differentiation between human rights and the divine order of marriage. The former can be enacted and enforced by the courts but the latter is in the sole domain of God, whose word is crystal clear that marriage is between a man and a woman (double period). As we eagerly await the celebration of Mothers' Day in the upcoming weekend, may the true and divine order of marriage take center stage in the church of God in particular and the world in general.

Memory verse:"Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife (named a woman in the previous scripture), and they shall become one flesh." - Gen. 2:24