CANDIDATES' FAITH MATTERS
May 19, 2012
As the drum beat towards November intensifies, undoubtedly we will see more pundits, and prognosticators weighing in on the role the candidates’ faith will play in the outcome of the 2012 presidential election.
This was evident in the past week when President Obama cited the Golden Rule when describing the role his “Christian faith” played in leading him to support same-sex marriage. Speaking to Robin Roberts on ABC he stated, “When we think about our faith,” he explained, “the thing at root that we think about is not only Christ sacrificing himself on our behalf, but it’s also the Golden Rule. . . . Treat others the way you would want to be treated.”
Those on both sides of the political spectrum weighed in on the topic. Even comedian Stephen Colbert of the Colbert Report suddenly became an expert in biblical exegesis. Colbert along with Bill Press (whose columns run regularly national publications) defended the President, arguing that Jesus was silent on the issue of homosexual marriage.
Colbert and Press perhaps only read the letters in red in the Bible (Jesus’ own words), if they read it at all. If we take Mr. Colbert and Press’s arguments to their logical conclusion, one could argue that, “Jesus did not specifically condemn rape, slavery, incest, or polygamy, therefore, neither should we.” We can see the folly of this logic. The Bible needs to be taken as a whole, and in context using sound interpretation.
Mr. Romney supports “gay adoption,” which puts him at odds with his own Mormon faith. Both President Obama and Mr. Romney would benefit from a careful study of Romans 1:24-28, 1 Timothy 1:10, Leviticus 18:22-23, and Jude 7 and many other Bible verses addressing this topic.
Notwithstanding, Jesus did prescribe the biblical definition of marriage when he said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” (Matthew 19:4-5).
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Scripture also refers to Jesus Christ as the bridegroom and the Church (the redeemed throughout all of time) as “the Bride of Christ.” In the book of Ephesians, husbands are instructed to love their wives sacrificially and be willing to lay down their lives for them just as Christ did for His Church.
In order to rebuild marriage once again in America, we must not only defend the biblical definition of marriage with our words, but with our actions. Stop looking to President Obama, Mitt Romney, MSNBC, or FOX News to shape your worldview.
Pattern your own marriage and family after biblical principles, and seek to model Christ’s sacrificial love, who gave His very life for His bride.
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