I realize that to oppose same sex marriage is to look like you're narrow minded or intolerant. At least grant that I have 6,000 years of human history on my side. Some things should never change. The definition of marriage is one of them. Why? Because as Maggie Gallagher writes, "Ideas have consequences."
To my knowledge, there are six borders that define marriage:
- You cannot be currently married. That is, a person already married cannot create another marriage (bigamy).
- You cannot marry a near relative.
- You cannot marry someone against your will.
- You cannot marry a minor.
- You cannot marry more than one person. In other words, you cannot bring a third party into a marriage (polygamy).
- And, you cannot marry someone of the same gender.
My point is this: where you set the boundary markers matter. It matters to God who established the marriage boundaries in His Word and it matters for the organizing of family and society.
In the end, what J.I. Packer writes in his small booklet, "Freedom and Authority" is spot on:
We cannot have the freedom we want until we receive it on God's terms, that is, by giving up our rebellious independence and letting God be God to us. Real freedom is only ever found under authority-- God's authority in Christ, authority which reaches us via God's written Word.