It was our wedding day.
And, just before the glossy, stained doors opened, I panicked.
Did I use my dad’s left or right arm to take the aisle?
After several seconds of going back and forth, right then left, then right, and I finally grabbed his right arm just as the pipe organ began to play the Processional from the Sound of Music.
On Tuesday, December 13, our President signed the Respect for Marriage Act, and it affects every one of us.
CNBC said that it codified protections for same sex and interracial couples. And, because a threat existed, real or imagined, for gay and interracial marriage, it was as good a reason as any, to pass a new bill that has nothing to do with respecting marriage.
But, because we’re paying attention, we understand that cultural marxists never say what they mean. Instead, we pay attention to what they do.
We watched as the White House was lit with the colors of the gay pride flag.
We watched as they marched drag queens in and out.
We watched as they rejoiced regarding perceived protections for slighted couples.
We understand that what they celebrated that day was not respect for marriage.
Men and women didn't invent marriage and sex, the rainbow or our government.
Today, let’s remind ourselves of a few things.
Let’s start with marriage.
First, the Bible begins and ends with a marriage. In the beginning, Genesis 2:24 describes how the man leaves his father and mother and becomes “one-flesh” with his wife. The word wife makes it clear that the context is marriage. The Bible also ends with the “marriage of the Lamb” in which the Church (the “Bride”) is beautifully presented to Christ (the “Lamb”).
God chose marriage as the primary metaphor to describe His love for the church. In the Old Testament, marriage is a metaphor describing God’s relationship to Israel. God did not merely have a legal contract with Israel, but He created a loving covenant with them that was depicted through marriage
Gary Thomas wrote, God created marriage as a loyal partnership between one man and one woman.
Marriage is the firmest foundation for building a family.
God designed sexual expression to help married couples build intimacy.
Marriage mirrors God’s covenant relationship with His people.
That’s what marriage is.
So, what about the rainbow? Why did that symbol, displayed at the White House for the world to see, bother so many people?
Because many of us remember the story. We know what it means.
We know that the original rainbow had nothing to do with gay pride.
According to Genesis 9, the rainbow has been set in the sky, as a covenant between God and every living creature. It was established after the flood when God said he would never flood the earth again. The rainbow reminds us that God actively remembers his covenant with us.
And yet, it’s been twisted into this.
The rainbow flag, also known as the (gay) pride flag, is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements. The colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community and the spectrum of human sexuality and gender.
Toby Sumpter wisely said that our culture wrongly believes and has wholly redefined that which makes us human. Today, what makes us human is based on the lie that we’re most free when there are no limits on self-expression. Sex has become god.
That was never more clear than Tuesday, the 13th, at the White House.
One of the magnificent symbols of our government.
In 2013 The Heritage Foundation wrote this, bringing it all together.
"Government recognizes marriage because it is an institution that benefits society in a way that no other relationship does. Marriage is society's least restrictive means of ensuring the well-being of children. State recognition of marriage protects children by encouraging men and women to commit to each other and take responsibility for their children. While respecting everyone's liberty, the government rightly recognizes, watches, and promotes marriage as the ideal institution for childbearing and childrearing.
Promoting marriage does not ban any relationship: Adults are free to choose their relationships and do not need government sanction or license. All Americans can live as they choose, but no one has the right to redefine marriage for everyone else.”
Even so, please remember.
Though it was a veritable vanity fair at the White House this week, and even as the Biden administration brazenly and systematically dismantles our society’s foundation, using the Respect for Marriage Act as fuel, what God has established, marriage, government and yes, even the rainbow, will not fail.
Because, God never fails. And His word stands forever.
Amie Beth Shaver is a speaker, writer and media commentator. Her column appears every Wednesday in 1819 News. Shaver served on the Alabama GOP State Executive Committee, was a candidate for State House District 43 and spokeswoman for Allied Women.
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