Thursday, 05 May 2016 08:38
Bulletin Insert - Ten Commandments
The Ten Commandments
The Fifth Commandment
Sing or recite LSB 851
· God forbids us to take the life of another person. This forbids murder as we commonly understand it, as well as abortion, euthanasia, infanticide, and suicide.
· Drug abuse and other means of abusing our bodies is forbidden in this commandment.
· This commandment also forbids hatred of our neighbor.
Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States held that gay marriage is protected under the 14th Amendment, and therefore, is now legal in every state of the union. There are many things that could be discussed regarding this decision, among them whether the court had the constitutional authority to do so.
Our purpose this month is to discuss the re-definition of the foundational institution of every nation and society in human history. All historical records of every civilization includes marriage as the union of a man and woman, through which children are born. Families consisting of that structure have been the chief institution by which governing has taken place. From a historical point of view, the court has overthrown the foundational institution of civilization in human history.
Marriage between a man and a woman has been the foundation of structure within the Christian faith. God instituted marriage in the Garden of Eden before the fall into sin. Marriage was not a simple form of earthly governance, but an intentional creation of God. He made Eve as a “helper suitable” for Adam (Genesis 2:18-24.) God consistently ties marriage to the relationship He has with His people (i.e. Psalm 45; Song of Songs; Isaiah 62; Ephesians 5:21-33; Revelation 19:6-10).
Christians cannot compromise marriage because it is a reflection of our relationship to God. Ephesians 5 shows the reality of Jesus and the church, which is reflected in the loving relationship husbands have with their wives. The relationship between Christ and the church is the Gospel, the heart of our faith. To deny marriage as between a man and a woman is to deny who Jesus is and what He came to do.
Whether or not non-Christians respect what Christians believe about marriage, they may ask themselves whether they are prepared the redefine the fundamental institution in human history for whatever supposed benefit that re-definition brings those involved. This website has other teachings on family, and will continue to do so. We invite your attention, questions, and comments.