One Nation Under God – Same Sex Marriages

One Nation Under God – Same Sex Marriages

What are God’s laws concerning homosexuality? God repeatedly propounded his laws upon Moses, who later wrote in the book of Leviticus (which literarily means “the law”) that:

“You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.” Leviticus 18:22;

 

If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death; their blood is upon them. Leviticus 20:13.

Sodom and Gomorrah were two legendary biblical cities destroyed by God for their populace practicing homosexuality. Their story parallels the Genesis flood narrative in its theme of God’s anger provoked by man’s sin (see Book of Genesis 19:1–28).  The word sodomy is derived from the word Sodom.

God’s destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah was not the only instance of God’s wrath against the practice of homosexuality.  In the surrounding cultures at that time of King David’s rule, the major socially acceptable form of same-sex activity was with male shrine prostitutes as part of temple worship to pagan gods and goddesses.

The Bible reveals repeated rhetoric against these shrine prostitutes. Deut. 23:17; 1 Kings 14:24 (linked with abomination), 15:12, 22:46, 23:7.

Our Founding fathers commitment to God’s laws

No country venerates its “Founding Fathers” like the United States. Academics, legislators, judges, and ordinary citizens all frequently seek to validate their opinions and policy prescriptions by identifying them with the statesmen who led America to nationhood.

It is not surprising, therefore, that debates about the role of religion in the United States are infused with references to the faith of the Founding Fathers and to the greatest documents that gave to the fledgling republic: the Declaration of Independence.

Our national anthem gives light to the principles of our nation’s founders. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Yet, somehow a large group of America’s society and the U.S. Supreme Court appear to have forgotten that our nation was founded upon God’s laws.

Obergefell v. Hodges

On June 26, 2015: The U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, held in a 5-4 decision that same-sex marriage is protected under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment. Consequently, same-sex marriages bans were struck down as unconstitutional.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy delivered the opinion for the 5-4 majority. The Court held that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees the right to marry as one of the fundamental liberties it protects, and that analysis applies to same-sex couples in the same manner as it does to opposite-sex couples.

In 2003, The U.S. Supreme Court held in Lawrence v. Texas, that Texas law criminalizing two people of the same sex from engaging in private, consensual sex is unconstitutional.

The Court further held that individual decisions regarding private, consensual intimate physical relationships are a form of “liberty” protected by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Additionally, in part in both cases the Court held that the ancient origins of marriage confirm its centrality, but it has not stood in isolation from developments in law and society. The history of marriage is one of both continuity and change. That institution—even as confined to opposite-sex relations—has evolved over time.

In summary, the Court held that because many people in our society today accept homosexuality as something other than an abomination to God, homosexuality and same sex marriages are legal.

Using the same rationale, if a time comes that more people in our society find that perversions such as pedophilia and forcible rape are something other than an abomination to God, such perversions should also be held by the Court as legal.

Disobedience to God

The Bible forewarns us all what penalties God will levy on all those who are deliberately disobedient to his laws.

“But it shall come about, if you do not obey the Lord your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you..” Deuteronomy 28:15

“Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” Ephesians 5:6

“They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.” Titus 1:16

The U.S. Supreme Court cannot overrule God.  The Court cannot exonerate anyone on the day of God’s judgment of all mankind.  Homosexuality is an abomination against God.  We would do well to remember how God punished the society of Sodom and Gomorrah when a large group of their society decided that homosexuality was something other than an abomination against God.