The State of New York, in an immensely tragic move, has passed a law creating a “right” to so-called “gay marriage.”
Late in the evening on June 24th, the state’s senate (which is controlled by Republicans) approved the “gay marriage” bill by a vote of 33-29. Almost immediately, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law, fulfilling a promise he made to homosexual activists that he would sign such a bill as soon as it passed.
The new law means New York has joined Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa and Washington, D.C. in desecrating an institution created and defined by God. As a result, nearly 40 million Americans now live in a state that legitimizes and rewards that which God has called an abomination.
But regardless of what any state legislature claims, it is impossible for two homosexuals to get married. God, the Creator of marriage, defined it as a relationship between one man and one woman for life. No one can change that fact.
Even so, governments should not abandon their Biblical responsibilities of upholding what is good, and restricting what is evil (Romans 13:1-5). God has given mankind His standards for human sexuality, and human governments must not honor or legitimize that which God has forbidden.
In America, however, the fault does not rest solely with our government. For the most part, the fault lies with the American people. The government of the United States is historically unique because, unlike the vast majority of human governments that have ever existed, its actions are determined largely by its citizens, not a rogue monarchy or dictatorship. As such, we receive a government that reflects our collective societal values. Our government rewards that which society esteems. As more and more states are seeking to pass so-called “gay marriage” laws, it is becoming all the more apparent that our society has rejected God in favor of a lie, calling evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20).
Many Christians will look at what New York has done and predict an impending judgment from God for our society’s sin. And while it may be true that God intends to further punish America for our defiance, it must be understood that we are already under judgment. The passage of homosexual “marriage” in America is good evidence that God has already given our country over to a depraved mind, according to the teachings of Romans 1.
We would do well to repent, and quickly, so we have our own houses in order. Then we must pray for our nation, our leaders and our fellow citizens to turn their hearts toward God, too.
“And [Jesus] said to them, ‘Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.’” (NKJV)