God's Plan for Marriage Is Very Clear for All to See
by the Rev. Gregg Newton
Special to The Pilot
On May 8, we will be voting to add to our state constitution the Marriage Protection Amendment. The amendment reads like this: "Marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic union that shall be a valid and recognized in this state."
Some would ask, "Why do we need this amendment, since we already have a law that states this?" Unless the amendment is passed, the current laws that we have on marriage are vulnerable to politicians and activist judges overturning them to invalidate our marriage law.
Others have begun to ask, "Why should there be guidelines or standards for marriage? Why can't everyone just do as they want, whether that is heterosexual couples living together without being married, married couples having affairs and different partners, homosexual couples getting married or a man having five or six wives?
Many are even asking, "Why do we have to follow biblical guidelines and standards for our relationships, and why does God get to set the rules and guidelines?" The answer to that question is found in the very beginning. Genesis 1:1: "In the beginning God created..." Which means that without God there would be nothing, and it was God that created and came up with every idea, including that of marriage.
And God's plan for marriage is stated in Genesis 2:24: "A man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife."
Some want to say that's Old Testament and not for today, but Jesus in the New Testament quoted this verse twice. And we, including the 20 other Moore County ministers who join me in submitting this column, believe that God's word is still relevant and true today and that God's plan for marriage, whether it is in the state constitution or not, is still one man and one woman.
We also recognize that everyone in our county and state was created by God. Genesis 1:27 states that God created us in his image and created us male and female. As God has created us, he made each one of us unique and special.
We all have different attitudes, personalities, likes; we are all of different shapes, sizes and color, but for all of us there have to be standards and guidelines, for without them there would be confusion and chaos, and God chose the standards for marriage to be that of one man and one woman.
As we look at our homes, families and marriages today, we recognize that there are a lot of battles that we are facing. There is pressure coming from so many directions, spiritually, financially, emotionally, morally, and so many other attacks we are under.
Many a family and home have battle scars and hurts from bad decisions a husband, a wife, a mom, a dad, a son or daughter have made. For that reason, we are thankful that our God, who has set the standard and guidelines in his word, is a loving, gracious, merciful, patient and forgiving God.
God is ready to forgive us, heal us and give us another chance, just as Jesus chose to forgive the lady caught in adultery instead of casting a stone. We as pastors, as we encounter and minister to so many families who have battle scars and hurts, want you to know that we love you and that we are praying for the families of our area.
Each one of us must remember that God is loving and forgiving, but he has also set a standard for us to live by, for Jesus did forgive the lady caught in adultery, but he also told her to go and sin no more. God can and will give us a second chance from our mistakes we have made, and we as your pastors are praying for a revival of hope and healing in our marriages, families and homes.
May God bless each and every one of you as you seek to serve and live for God. We encourage you to get out and vote on May 8.
The Rev. Gregg Newton is pastor at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
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