In the wake of , these conversations will become doubly important.
On a theological level, last week’s decision changes nothing: as many commentators have observed, the Supreme Court did not create marriage, and it is incapable of changing it.
When the ministry of the Word goes wrong, many are caused to stumble.Today's text spells out for us three areas where the people of Israel were stumbling.Any individual who is not part of a covenantal marriage is called to chastity.“How do I share Christ with someone who is an agnostic?It’s common to see two students making out in the lobby, or for a couple’s drunken argument to disturb the sleep of an entire floor.
But the couple who are often seen together, but never in a compromising situation; who might be spotted walking hand-in-hand, but never sneaking into the others’ room after hours—now that is a mystery worth investigating. Why do we profane the covenant of our fathers by breaking faith with one another? A detestable thing has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem: Judah has desecrated the sanctuary the LORD loves, by marrying the daughter of a foreign god. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth.Another thing you do: You flood the LORD's altar with tears. "So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith." (NIV) Last week we saw in verse 8 of this chapter that the result of priestly failure is that many are caused to stumble.If two people go to church together that does not mean that they are equally yoked. Being in love does not mean that you are equally yoked. If you are equally yoked with someone, do you always stay “” with them? Can you not be in love with someone and still be equally yoked to them? Can you be equally yoked to two people at the same time? Confirming that two people are equally yoked is what we should do at the beginning of a relationship. As for the man who does this, whoever he may be, may the LORD cut him off from the tents of Jacob—even though he brings offerings to the LORD Almighty. "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel, "and I hate a man's covering himself with violence as well as with his garment," says the LORD Almighty.That stuff has nothing to do with being equally yoked!