Summary: In this sermon, we explore the fact that God created marriage, therefore, marriage belongs to God. God's higher purpose for marriage is to proclaim the gospel. Much from this sermon comes from chapter 6 in David Platt’s book, Counter Culture.
A. Our sermon for today continues our series called Marriage Matters.
1. Last week, we discussed the fact that marriage ain’t easy.
2. We talked about some myths about marriage that can set us up for marriage failure.
3. Today, we want to explore the fact that marriage belongs to God.
4. I’m borrowing a lot of information for today’s sermon from chapter six in David Platt’s book, Counter Culture. The chapter title is: A Profound Mystery: The Gospel and Marriage.
5. I appreciate Jake Lougee for directing my attention to this resource.
B. One day, a psychiatrist visited a mental institution and interviewed a patient. “So, how did you end up here? What is the nature of your illness?” he asked.
1. The psychiatrist received the following reply…“Well, it all started when I got married. I married a widow with a grown daughter who then became my stepdaughter.”
2. “Then my dad came to visit us, fell in love with my lovely stepdaughter, and married her.”
3. “So my stepdaughter is now also my stepmother, but that also makes my wife my step-grandmother.”
4. “Soon, my wife and I had a son who was, of course, my daddy's brother-in-law since he is the half-brother of my stepdaughter, who is, my daddy's wife and my stepmother.”
5. “Now, since my new son is brother to my stepdaughter who is also my stepmother, he also became my uncle.”
6. The patient ended his explanation asking: “Now can you understand how I got put in this place?”
7. After staring blankly with a dizzy look on his face, the psychiatrist replied: “Now I think I’ve lost my mind as well!”
C. Marriage has always been a complicated matter, but it is getting even more and more complicated with the moral revolution that is taking place in our time.
1. For millennia, civilizations have defined marriage as an exclusive, permanent union between a man and a woman.
2. Two decades ago, politicians in our country voted across party lines to defend this definition of marriage in what was called the Defense of Marriage Act.
3. Yet in June of 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down key provisions of that Act, paving the way for the complete redefinition of marriage across our culture.
4. Presently, there are 37 States that have legalized same-sex marriage (only three by popular vote), and there are 13 States with laws outlawing same-sex marriage.
5. Presently, the Supreme Court is deliberating about whether same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the United States.
D. As if that 2013 Supreme Court ruling were not enough of a paradigm shift, the majority opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy asserted that the men and women who had voted for the Defense of Marriage Act had acted with intent to harm.
1. The majority opinion painted supporters of marriage as it had been defined for millennia as “bigots” who sought to “demean, disparage, humiliate, and injure” same-sex couples.