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Marriage Matters (4 of 6)
Series: Season of the Family
Introduction: Sometimes I feel like Rip Van Winkle. You remember the lazy New Englander from the Washington Irving story. Rip fell asleep while squirrel hunting. He woke up twenty years later thinking only a few hours had passed. But everything had changed. Children grew up. The colonies fought and won the Revolutionary War. Van Winkle slept through it all. He woke up a stranger in his own hometown. Sometimes I feel like Rip Van Winkle!
Sometimes I feel like I fell asleep on the couch watching ''I Love Lucy'' and ''Father Knows Best.'' I awake to ''Will and Grace'' and ''Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.'' I can remember when the great cultural issues of the day were long hair and short skirts. Now our legislatures and courts debate same-sex ''marriage.'' ''Sophisticated'' people no longer argue over the morality of homosexuality. That's a settled matter. Now they argue over whether anyone should be allowed to raise the question. Sometimes I feel like Rip Van Winkle!
I know this is not a particularly pleasant topic. I am old fashioned enough that I don't like talking about it. But we must address the subject like it or not. Martin Luther once said, ''If we preach the Gospel and apply it to all issues except the ones of our day, we haven't preached the Gospel.'' I, like the Apostle Paul, want to be able to say, ''I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God'' (Acts 20:27).
The issue is everywhere. This past summer Missouri politicians squabbled over whether to put a constitutional amendment limiting marriage to man and a woman on the ballot. The governor wanted to discourage the initiative. The secretary of state pushed it. When the citizens voted in August, the amendment was overwhelmingly approved. The same thing has happened in many other states. This fact, however, has not stopped politicians and activist judges from promoting a pro-homosexual right ...
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