Let me just state that before you get too far into this post, I am quite aware that I will possibly attract both intolerant/militant atheists and gay marriage supporters. Your comments are welcome if you would like to speak logically and without vitriolic emotion. However, any comments that are purposely hateful or incendiary will be deleted. Now that that’s out of the way….
If you didn’t know, we live and exist in what is called a postmodern society. As the rock band Foster the People states in their song, Nevermind:
“Yeah it’s hard to know the truth
In this post-modernist view
Where absolutes are seen as relics
And laughed out of the room”
Foster hits the nail on the head with this lyric in defining the way we think in this postmodern culture. Contrary to popular belief, there is truth out there. A definitive right and wrong. And your view may be wrong! But it’s hard to know what that truth is because any such claim to truth is ridiculed (even though judges are daily deciding what is right and wrong. Chew on that).
We see this play out in the gay marriage debates. The proponents of gay marriage argue that this union is a basic civil right. The problem is that they are arguing an impossibility. This argument jumps categories and is essentially nonsensical. Let me explain:
One of the most frequent questions Christians receive from all ages of people is: “If God created the universe…then who created God?” If every effect needs a cause, then who or what caused God? This question is unanswerable. Why? Simple. God created everything. This includes space and time. Since we function and live in this space-time continuum, it’s all we know. But since God created space and time, then he exists outside of his creation as well. God created creating. Therefore, he is not subject to that which He started. Our brains can’t answer this question because it can’t logically be answered.
This principle is further illustrated if you were to ask me “What sound does your hair make?” This question is unanswerable. My hair doesn’t make a sound. You can see it. You can feel it. It has a smell. But it doesn’t emit a sound. Sure, a sound is created when one runs a brush through it. But, hair, on it’s own, doesn’t make a sound. The same is true with this question: “How does your voice taste?” Voice is sound emitted from a person’s vocal chords. It has no taste. You can hear a voice. But not taste it.
Why can’t gay people be married?” is another unanswerable question. They can’t because…they can’t. Marriage is a special and specific union between a man and a woman. That’s what it is. Just like hair doesn’t emit sound or a voice has no taste, marriage only exists between a man and a woman.
Now, to be fair, two men and two women (or three people or four) can choose to be in a long-term, monogamous relationship…but that doesn’t mean they’re married. By definition, it can’t. Even polygamists realize this. There is only one marriage in their families. The other “wives” are just living together with the rest of the family.
Therefore, any person is free to live with whoever they want to live with. But you can’t jump categories. You can’t turn marriage into something it logically can’t be turned into. No one created God. Hair doesn’t make sound. Voices don’t have taste.
However, in this postmodern world, what is right to us, must be true. Even if that truth makes no sense. And in the political climate that we find ourselves in, the loudest barking dog usually gets the bone. The tide of popular opinion overtakes what may be true or false. Therefore governments may redefine truth based on the lobbies of the loudest dogs whose truth to them overtakes truth to others (or even true truth). But…it doesn’t change the truth. And the truth is out there…just shaking its head.