Gay Marriage: An Objective Assessment

Opposed to gay marriage? This may be a shocker, then.

I will get straight to the point and possibly upset many of my fellow Christians with my comments.  Look in a mirror, look at those sitting in the pew next to you the next time you‘re in church and look at the members of the body of Christ who preceded you.

Before I elaborate, I would ask that you bear in mind two verses of Biblical scripture:

“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Mark 12:17 KJV

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Galatians 6:7 KJV

Let us consider how marriage has evolved throughout history.  It has changed even within the sixty-one years of my life. Even if we agree that God instituted marriage with Adam and Eve, there was no government involvement. There was no church involvement.  There was a man and a woman cleaving together in the sight of God for financial, physical, and emotional reasons.

Shortly thereafter, marriage became an arrangement between families and the bride and groom had little say in the matter. Marriage was a way to maintain alliances and often to keep wealth within a family. The Holy Roman Empire did not issue, nor require, a license for marriage.

It was not until 1215 that the Catholic Church required a public notice before a wedding occurred, but no license.  For another three hundred years, both the church and governments accepted a couple’s word that they were married.  That was the basis for common law marriages:

You were married if you said you were.

In 1639, the colony of Massachusetts was the first to require a marriage license in America. It was expressly for recording purposes, but it is likely that generating revenue from license fees was the driving force behind the law. In 1741, the colony of North Carolina required marriage licenses as a way to deny inter-racial marriages. More recently, the state of Virginia enacted the Racial Integrity Act of 1924, which prohibited issuing marriage license to an interracial couple.

By the end of the decade, thirty-eight states had similar laws.

Remember Mark 12:17 mentioned before?  Jesus was not merely addressing the issue of paying taxes. Today, we are all familiar with the principle of separation of Church and State, but the distinction of what is properly Caesar’s and what belongs to God is blurred.  The blurring occurred when Christians created governments with official state religions.

When the church and state were separated, some things that had been the exclusive domain of the church remained with government.

The blurring continued when Christians (or most certainly self- identified Christians) used the might of government to enforce laws against what they saw as sinful behavior. This includes Blue Laws regulating times of business, injunctions against dancing, and the prohibition of alcohol and drugs. Christians gave the authority to issue marriage licenses to government.

Now, governments are deciding to issue licenses to same sex couples. In addition to the traditional benefits of marriage like property transference, governments have also created income tax benefits for families, and insurance benefits for spouses.

Under the doctrine of equal rights, how can this be denied?

The problem is that the government has involved itself where it does not belong, long before gay marriage became an issue. Without income taxes and the myriad of exemptions created for social engineering purposes, and without government requiring insurance for spouses in lieu of solely monetary compensation for employees, there would be no clamor for gay marriage. Rights of survivorship, powers of attorney, and other traditional marital agreements are available via contractual means for those without a church.

There is only one solution and that is to get government out of the social engineering business and out of the marriage license business. It is time to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and time to render unto God that which belongs to God.

If you do not like what you are reaping, it is time to reconsider what you are sowing.

Bill LaVern Kalles

Bill LaVern Kalles

Bill LaVern Kalles followed an eclectic career path, including playing drums, hotel accounting, and Secured Records Database Manager. He survived stage IV squamous cell oral cancer and will soon celebrate five years of being cancer free. In 2009, Kalles moved to Mississippi to marry a southern belle. His hobbies include cooking, DIY project with his wife, and playing the ukulele, not necessarily in that order.
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