Why Does He Care?

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(Part 1)

The argument goes back and forth over whether homosexuality is a sin; and whether Christians should be accepting the union of two people of the same gender. The more conservative say it is wrong, while those of more liberal character view homosexuality as something that should be accepted whether you believe it to be right. The fight continues and hackles rise on a more consistent basis, especially after the recent Supreme Court ruling for gay marriage.

At this point I wonder if we as Christians are asking the wrong question. The question that should be raised is “why”. Why is homosexuality such an issue? Conservatives say, because God calls homosexuality a sin. Well, why would God even care?

For the purpose of this blog, I will assume that the reader is of Christian persuasion and understands that God created the world. He had a design and went with it, resulting in the place we call home.

When God created marriage, He had a purpose in mind.

When Christ came and established His church, He used Himself and His bride as an example to be followed. (Note: the church is referred to as a feminine form, and Christ is a masculine form.) Don’t think for a minute that God doesn’t care about sexuality and marriage. We as humans were made in God’s image. Why would man and woman both be created in God’s image? Clearly men and women are different. We think, look and act differently. (Of course there are similarities between both genders but I know you get my point)

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created  him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27

 When God saw Adam was alone He said,

“It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Gen 1:18

God saw Adam’s need for a partner.

 Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man” Genesis 1:22-23

God filled that need by creating a woman. I find it interesting that God did not create options for Adam. If God wanted there to be an option wouldn’t He have created options? Instead, God created a similar human being, yet specifically different. God’s intentions are never random, so keep this in mind as we continue.

 ”Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24

This verse is not speaking to just Adam, otherwise it would have said, therefore Adam was joined to his wife. Also, there was no father/mother of either Adam or Eve. So this verse is referring to others in general.

This passage is setting up God’s intention and boundary of marriage; not just for Adam and Eve, but also for all who come after them. How can I stand by this statement? I can because I see nowhere else in Scripture where God redefines marriage or states that His purpose for marriage has been fulfilled. We must conclude then that God’s setup of marriage stands.

“They shall become one flesh”. God intended for marriage to be two individuals coming together to work as one unit: spiritually, physically, emotionally.

God lays out a picture for us to follow in marriage. Christ and the Church. This is who we are to look to model marriages after. Not the other way around. Our marriages don’t model what Christ and the Church should look like. Christ and the Church are to be a model for us to follow. (See Ephesians 5:22-32)

If a marriage successfully models Christ and the Church there will be a stark difference between it and other marriages around. This most likely will raise the question as to why their marriage is different. Another topic for another time.

Sexual relations play a major part in marriage. God created sex, and within marriage it is good.

Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.” Hebrews 13:4

Let’s briefly break down why fornication and adultery are damaging and against God’s character.

Fornication – When you have sex outside of marriage you are losing the picture of the bond, the covenant God makes with His bride. A covenant of a solid relationship, not on shifting sand but something that can be sure. You’re taking sexual relations out of the context God created it for and lowering it to a level of primal needs being met.

Fornication is not the topic of this blog so I will leave you with two verses and move on:

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4

Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.” 1 Corinthians 7:2

Next we move on to Adultery – If you cheat on your spouse the picture of Christ’s faithfulness to His covenant is being thrown out the window. Essentially you are disregarding the worthy example to follow. Faithfulness is put down, whereas selfishness is exalted.

“How shall I pardon you for this? Your children have forsaken Me And sworn by those that are not gods. When I had fed them to the full, Then they committed adultery And assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses.” Jeremiah 5:7

God uses physical adultery as a picture of our hearts when we turn away from God. He is against adultery both physically and spiritually.

You shall not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14

There are plenty more verses to be found about God’s view on fornication and adultery, and I would encourage you to study it out. But I wanted to look at those two subjects briefly as a precursor to the following argument:

Homosexuality outside of marriage is wrong. However, if you allow two people of the same gender get married, God then blesses their sexual relations. RED FLAG!

Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.” 1 Corinthians 7:2

Note: To avoid fornication, marriage is presented here. However, there are no options for same sex unions. Interesting. Why would God only have one option?

Homosexuality – If you try to marry someone of the same gender you lose the whole picture of God’s image. Same gender is only half of God’s image.

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27

Why would God create a different form of human when He made woman? Why not just make all males, or all females?

Let us go back for a moment to the point where God made both male and female in His (God’s) image. If both male and female are made in God’s image, both male and females being similar, yet each possessing different qualities than the other — should we not conclude then that male and female each “inherited” similar and different aspects of God’s character? (Yes that was a mouthful, but it’s one worth chewing on) Marriage is the joining of two people. God instituted it as a man and a woman being joined together. Could this be because He’s showing a complete picture of all the aspects of His character (apart from our flaws or course)? Marriage is a unified picture of the image of God, the plurality of God’s nature, but the oneness of His being. When we try to redefine marriage we’re not just messing with a custom, we’re trying to redefine who God is.

God has given us so many tangible things that we can see and touch. He has given multiple physical examples for us so that we can better understand that which we can’t see. Marriage is one of those examples that can help us better understand God’s character. Why would we mess with the tangible examples He put into place? That’s like receiving two stencil templates of the alphabet. The first template having letters A – M, the second template having letters N-Z. Then after receiving the templates deciding to make two copies of the first template and disregard the second. If I do that, my understanding and use of the alphabet would not be complete. The words that I can create with the first stencil alone would be limited. I could still make words, but the intent was for me to be able to understand and use the whole alphabet.

When we re-define marriage to be any two people being unified we miss out on the point. The point being, God is plural, yet One.

So why would God care about homosexuality? He cares because we are created in His image. He cares because He, God, instituted marriage and what it should look like. He never asked us to re-define anything He defined. Now the question we must look at next is Why Should I Care?

Engaged365,

Chrissy L

 

 

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