I’m writing in response to the Jan. 9 article titled, “Butte’s marriage laws give hope, but still work ahead.” My heart was grieved that the writer would feel same-sex marriage should be allowed in our society.
Maybe you are not aware of how God feels about this subject so please allow me this opportunity to share with you and all readers.
First, Initiative 96, Article XIII, Section 7 of the Montana Constitution, passed on Nov. 2, 2004, states, “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state.” It was passed by a 67 percent majority, with 33 percent opposed. I believe the residents of Montana spoke clearly and loudly when they passed this initiative.
Second, this initiative also is in complete alignment with God’s law. Had the residents of Montana voted to accept same-sex marriage, God’s law will trump it. God spoke thousands of years ago in Genesis, Chapter 19, regarding sexual sins. The apostle Paul also wrote in Romans, Chapter 1, regarding man suppressing the truth and exchanging the truth for a lie, which resulted in men and women performing in unnatural functions. These laws were given to us by God for our own protection. God’s word is holy and sovereign.
Any laws passed that are in direct contradiction to God’s word become man’s law. As a believer and follower of my Lord and Christ, I will be a law-abiding citizen to man’s law, unless that law attempts to supersede His word.
God’s word at times is harsh and painful and full of dos and don’ts. If we didn’t have God’s rules and laws, we would no longer exist as a society.
Why do we have speed limits, stop signs and law enforcement? Some may feel they should be allowed to drive as fast as they want without regard to safety. If we all broke the laws and ran every stop sign in town, many lives would be lost. Laws are not always equal and fair. Jesus said, “The last shall be first, and the first shall be last.” Does that sound fair? God’s ways are not always our ways. There are many times we don’t understand His thinking, but nevertheless He knows what’s best for us.
Jesus set the example for us to follow when He spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well. He showed her love and compassion even though she was living in sexual sin. He pointed out her sins and offered her a new way of life. My desire is to show God’s love to all of mankind so that they might come to the everlasting knowledge of Christ. Most of us don’t enjoy being told we are sinning, but the reality is, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
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