The United States Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell vs Hodges made same sex marriage legal in all 50 states. Although for many this ruling was not a surprise, it was none the less a significant disappointment as it stands against the clear biblical definition of marriage.
The Word of God is clear in both Genesis 1:26-27 and Matthew 19:4-6 that marriage was established by God and is a covenant relationship between a man and a woman. The EFCA Spiritual Heritage Committee gives the following suggested definition of marriage:
"Marriage is the original and foundational institution of human society, established by God as a one-flesh, covenantal union between a man and a woman that is life-long (until separated by death), exclusive (monogamous and faithful), and generative in nature (designed for bearing and rearing children), and it is to reflect the relationship between Christ and the Church."
The reality of the situation is that the Supreme Court decision did not take God by surprise nor does it in any way change the biblical definition of marriage. Rather, it is a call for us to clearly embrace the Lord’s definition of marriage, and for the EFCA to respond with grace and truth. It is important that responses reflect the character and heart of Jesus to the world around us.
Strands of Thought blog posts:
- Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex “Marriage” a Constitutional Right
- Supreme Court Decision: An Interview with D. A. Carson
- Biblical Interpretation Through Homosexuality-Affirming Lenses
"Same-Sex Marriage – What should we leaders do now?" by Bob Osborne, EFCA West director of Church Leadership and Organizational Development