Marriage has always been at the center of politics. In most of the world it was instituted to solve problems-to settle dynastic disputes, to distribute property, or to join one family to another. The struggle to control marriage initiated civil wars, deposed monarchs, and even created churches. Today, it continues to divide Americans.
Yet, the roots of Western Christian marriage are unique-stemming from Christ himself.
Early Christians in the first through third century understood marriage to be a union between one man and one woman created by God as a consummated partnership described in Genesis 2. Early Christian leaders, such as the Apostle Paul, explained that marriage was more than just a union between two people. It was an act of worship that pointed to Christ's sacrificial relationship with the church (Ephesians 5). Therefore, marriage was not about a contract or a financial engagement as had been the custom for centuries prior, but a sacred union that should reflect God's love. Christ turned the accepted cultural norms about marriage on its head. more >>
We've studied theology for quite a long time. Even though we're not from the Catholic tradition, we understand the difference between venial and mortal sins. But apparently, Protestants have their own gradation of depravity now. In a recent interview with NPR, President of Focus on the Family, Jim Daly, suggested that Evangelicals have wrongfully labeled homosexuality as a "Super Sin." But his fatherly chastisement opens up the discussion as to what could be included in this particular category.
Are these the sins that take place in a super market? Or perhaps people wearing body-suit tights and a cape can only commit them. Then again, Super-sins might only occur when you increase the size of your fries at McDonald's. It's really hard to say. But one thing we know for certain from Jim Daly…homosexuality can't be a Super Sin.
No, homosexuality is just like any other regular sin. If you go over the speed limit, you're a law-breaker, and therefore, you're in sin. If you throw litter from your car, that too is a regular sin. Cheat on your taxes? Sin. Download music from a friend's iPod? Sin. more >>
WASHINGTON – As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on two cases pertaining to the definition of marriage this week, thousands from both sides demonstrated and marched at the National Mall and outside the Supreme Court building on Tuesday.
March for Marriage, an event that began at the National Mall on Tuesday morning, was sponsored by several groups that support defining marriage as being between one man and one woman. The event featured numerous speakers, Contemporary Christian Music, and hundreds, if not thousands, of people from many parts of the country.
Dr. Jim Garlow, senior pastor at Skyline Wesleyan Church of San Diego, Calif., and a speaker at the March, told The Christian Post that he felt the event "helps people to see that there are people of decency, people of goodness, of biblical truth that are willing to stand up and resist the onslaught that would attack the family and attack the institution of marriage." more >>
In oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court today, the justices' questions suggest that the Court may neither decide that the Constitution requires all states to allow same-sex couples to marry nor rule against other courts that denied voters the right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
In the case, Hollingsworth vs. Perry, the Court was asked to rule on whether a lower court was wrong to declare that California's Proposition 8, a referendum that decided that same-sex couples may not get married, is unconstitutional.
Tom Goldstein, founder and contributor to Scotusblog, attended the oral arguments and sent his initial impressions via Twitter and a blog post. Goldstein believes that the Court is unlikely to either strike down Proposition 8 as unconstitutional or uphold Proposition 8. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments Tuesday for a case challenging California's Proposition 8, a referendum in which voters chose to ban same-sex couples from being able to obtain a marriage license from the state.
Before Proposition 8, same-sex couples were allowed to marry because the California Supreme Court declared in 2008 that the California Constitution granted them that right, essentially overturning another California referendum defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. California voters amended their Constitution with Proposition 8 in 2008 to undo that court decision and clarify that marriage can only be the union of one man and one woman.
In the case, Hollingsworth vs. Perry, the plaintiffs, two same-sex couples who want to get married, sued the state, arguing that Proposition 8 violated their due process and equal protection rights. A lower court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in favor of the plaintiffs. more >>
Americans are having a debate about marriage that's too important to be stopped by the United States Supreme Court.
A proper understanding of marriage is critical to the wellbeing of future generations of children. With good reason, 41 states define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Marriage exists to bring together a man and woman as husband and wife – and to be mother and father to the children that their union may produce. more >>