In light of the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, I have been asked about my thoughts. Let me begin by saying that the Supreme Court ruling doesn’t change anything for me personally, for our church, and most importantly for God.
As Franklin Graham recently said, “With all due respect to the court, it did not define marriage, and therefore is not entitled to re-define it.”
God defined marriage in Genesis 2:24 as between one man and one woman. Marriage does many things like celebrate intimacy and bring community as opposed to loneliness. But the primary point of marriage is to demonstrate the gospel as a husband lovingly serves and leads his wife and as a wife respects and honors her husband (Ephesians 5:21-33).
At Southbridge we want as many God-honoring, gospel-proclaiming marriages as possible. We only endorse and perform marriages according to God’s design between one man and one woman who desire to make the gospel known through the marriage relationship. A Supreme Court ruling does not change that anymore than it changes what God said in Genesis 2:24 or Ephesians 5 about marriage. We have seen this scenario since Genesis 3. If we don’t like what God says we twist it, change it, and re-define it.
However, God means what He says as evidenced by His judgment on all of us for the disobedience in Genesis 3. Thank God that by His grace He has provided a way for all who repent (turn from their own sinful thinking to God’s way) to experience grace rather than judgment through the gospel.
If you would like to hear more about a Christian response to homosexuality, please take a few moments and watch this message I preached to our church back in November.