By Rev. Ray Atwood,   Prince of Peace Cluster

Counterfeit Marriage

The great Saint Paul has much wisdom to pass on to us, if we are willing to listen. Two examples will suffice:
“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Eph. 4:30). America is grieving the Holy Spirit this summer. The recent Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage, issued by a 5-4 majority, is one of the saddest days in American history. The court had the audacity to declare that marriage between two men or between two women is not only legal, but constitutionally protected! Yes, the U.S. Constitution protects gay marriage. Sadder still was the reaction of county magistrates, civil officials, and even clergy around the country. Many states began issuing marriage licenses, senators and other officials issued statements of approval, and many clergy said little or nothing about this issue!
This is not the end of the story. What is going to happen when bigamy and polygamy become “the law of the land?” A man in Montana is planning to request a license to marry two women. He claims to be acting under the principle of “marriage equality.” He’s not the only person to be thinking in this way. When will it end?
We have already taken the following elements of marriage out of it in our culture (permanence with no-fault divorce; children with contraception, sterilization, and abortion; and now man-woman with so-called “gay marriage.”) The number two will be the next part to be eliminated from this sacred institution. We are in a moral spiral downward.
The second piece of wisdom: “Watch carefully how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, making the most of the opportunity, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15).
We have to take advantage of every opportunity to proclaim the truth that (1) we are not God; (2) we cannot do whatever we want; (3) marriage and family come from God, and are subject to His laws; (4) mortal sin is deadly sin and leads to damnation; (5) Jesus Christ and His Church are the way to salvation and can teach us how to live as God intends. We need to resist this evil ruling in every way possible. This means refusing to affirm counterfeit gay marriage, and voting for and working for those who support this institution. May we do everything possible to turn the United States away from the devil and back to our Father.