In the media, there has been a tidal wave of discussion about “marriage equality.” The discussion about same-sex unions has been set up as a battle for equal rights with other people. Many view it as a fight for justice. And justice is something worth fighting for. However, this is actually something else entirely. This is a fight for cosmic injustice. This fight is not about equal rights with other people, but with God.
A very real desire that we have as broken people is to get on God’s level. We want to be the ones who decide what is right and wrong. We want to say that what we want is what is right. We want to be like God. This is the same struggle that Adam and Eve had in the garden. The serpent tempted them saying, “Don’t you know if you eat this fruit you will be like God?” But even the devil didn’t go as far as we do. He said that they would know good and evil. We, on the other hand, say that we want to be the ones who decide it.
Christians believe that all people are equal with one another, but not with God. We submit to his plan, his design and his rule. His design is that a man would marry a woman. This is a perfect system that makes every person equal when it comes to marriage. All men are free to marry. All women are free to marry. They must only submit to what marriage actually is – a woman and a man. People are either men or women and so all people have equal rights in God’s system. No one is left out. No one is discriminated against.
When one steps back to think about it, the issue is not that people want the equal right to marry. All adults in the US already had that before the Supreme Court’s decision. The issue is that people want to be able to change what God has said marriage should be. It is not enough for us to be equal with one another, but we want to be equal with God – able to define what is good, what is right, what is best, what is real.
This is where the sin is most clear and most grave. The way that our culture is handling marriage is not only messed up because the genders are being blurred, but because the way in which we relate to God is being blurred. Where we should be bowing and submitting, we are dictating and demanding.
It is not possible to worship a God who we can correct on marriage issues. It is not possible to bow down to the One that we believe is all-wise, all-powerful, and all-good if we think that we know better than Him concerning any issue. If we do that, we not only raise ourselves up to the role of God, but we lower God down to the place of man.
All of this goes to show that our culture has not been fighting for marriage-equality. Instead, with classic human pride, our culture has been fighting for deity-equality. This is so sad because we, as believers, know that we can never be made satisfied by trying to get up to God’s level. We celebrate the Gospel because, in Christ, Jesus lowered Himself down to us to bring us hope, meaning, and satisfaction in Him. 1 John 4:10 says, “This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.”
In a world chasing its tail trying to find real love, let’s be the light that points to Him. Let’s help people see that satisfaction is not found in being equal with God, but in submitting to Him. He is God. We are not on his level.