Linda Harvey is not happy with the recent vote in Washington state in favor of marriage equality and she is even less happy with the decision by the state to revise its marriage licenses to add an option for “spouse,” in addition to “bride” and “groom,” allowing those who are getting married to choose which they prefer.
In Harvey’s eyes, this change undermines the “legitimacy of man-woman marriage” and, even worse, creates confusion about the Christian imagery in which Jesus one day returns to earth to marry his “bride”: the church.
Well now, even though truth has not changed; marriage is still, in reality, one man and one woman, the voters’ decision prompted health department officials to propose a change in language until enough people objected. The words “bride” and “groom” were going to be replaced with “spouse A” and “spouse B” or “person A” and “person B” on marriage licenses, according to the original proposal.
That’s right; on official marriage documents, the words “bride” and “groom” were going to disappear. When advocates of homosexual marriage say how would two men or two women being allowed to marry change your marriage, here’s one way. Nonsense like this starts showing up and the legitimacy of man-woman marriage is automatically on defense against pretenders to the throne.
Homosexuality, far from being marriage, is always a grave sin in Scripture.
Then, speaking of brides and grooms, there’s another Christian concept that illustrates the unchanging standard of man and woman as the model for marriage: in the New Testament, Jesus is referred to several times as the “bridegroom.” And when he returns, he will return as a bridegroom seeking his bride: the church, which is the body of all believers, also called the Bride of Christ. It’s a beautiful analogy.
What happens to such a concept in a same-sex marriage? Does Jesus as bridegroom seek another groom? No, that would be a twisted and frankly offensive spin on a profound and marvelous concept.
As Christians, we must never accept the idea of same-sex marriage. It certainly doesn’t work as sound Christian doctrine and it will be shown before long not to work as revolutionary secular law either.