The Word on the Week

Obama’s Evolution.

Obama has come out! His thinking has evolved. Gay marriage is OK.

No longer will Gay’s have to be content with Civil Unions they will become old married couples like the rest of us.

Except they wont be like the rest of us. They will all be “DINKS” – double income, no kids. That is unless they resort to donors or technology to overcome nature’s impediment.

Now since the beginning Marriage has had a certain meaning which predated the fall of man. It has meant the union of one man and one woman in a lifetime monogamous relationship. Sadly the ideal has not always been achieved. In the Western world we have been quite determined to see it destroyed. It has that God-given quality so hated by many in the media and by people who want to misbehave. Anything which may resemble the image of the triune God must go. The race to the bottom cannot be hindered…talk about society shooting itself in the foot!

The next step is to shred the meaning of the word “Marriage”. We will not change our behaviour therefore the word must be changed. We now enter Alice in Wonderland country. The Red Queen told Alice that she made words mean what she wanted them to mean no more and no less. 

So the President of the US of A joins the mad-hatter at the tea-party!

What has the Bible to say to all this?

“It is not good for man to be alone” (Genesis chapter 2 verse 18) so God created a companion in a woman. They were to be united with each other.

In the church setting this covenant of companionship is entered into by the taking of vows before God. This establishes the marriage.

Genesis Chapter 3 speaks of children as the product of the marriage and of the different roles for the parents. These latter points are developed by St Paul in his letter to the church at Ephesus where they are explained more fully and where he likens the relationship in marriage to that of Christ’s relationship to the church (chapter 5 verses 22-33).

From this high ideal we are now receding at a rate of knots!

What are we to do? Are we like the men of the tribe of Issachar who had understanding of the times to know what Israel ought to do? (1Chronicles Chapter 12 verse 32) or are we to do nothing?

I suggest we take our cue from St Paul where, at Corinth, he must have met similar circumstances. His reaction? “I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (chapter 2 verse 2).

Our calling is “we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called both Jews and Greeks (in our case Catholics and Protestants) Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God (chapter 1 verses 23/4).