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Friday, June 26, 2015

Basis of Truth: Genesis 1:27-28

In light of the Supreme Court ruling regarding same-sex marriage, I would be remiss to skip an opportunity to offer a biblical position regarding this topic. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a devotion from Genesis 1 regarding the unique nature of humanity within God's creation. God created humanity in His image with a design and a purpose. However, another aspect of God creating humanity was the nature He gave to humanity. Genesis 1:27-28 informs us that God created male and female and gave them the charge to multiply across the face of the earth. From a practical perspective and with a practical purpose, God created humanity with the ability to fulfill His purpose. He created humanity and commanded them to fill the earth with other humans. In order to fulfill this purpose God designed males and females with the ability to fulfill this command. Again, from a practical perspective, the male body and the female body are designed to join together in order bring about the process of a new life. The male body has the function to fertilize the female counterpart for life to begin.


The unity of the homosexual relationship does not allow for the fulfillment of God's command to fill the earth. There is no physical possibility for the homosexual relationship to yield a population of the earth. Frankly, God did not design a male-male or a female-female relationship because it is contrary to his command and His design for relationships. Therefore, regardless of how the Supreme Court defines marriage, my definition is based upon God's Word. God created them male and female and commanded them to fill the earth; therefore, my definition of marriage will reflect such a position.


However, this ruling on homosexual marriage reveals more than a definition about who can and cannot marry. This ruling reflects an ever-growing expanse between a biblical worldview and a secular worldview. Now the question facing every person who accepts the Bible as the ultimate authority for day-to-day living is this: What do you use as the governing authority in your life decisions and worldview? Specifically, does the Supreme Court define right and wrong, or does God define right and wrong, righteous and evil? When compared to God's Word, it does not matter what the Supreme Court legalizes or upholds. The Word of God stands forever and is unaffected by a human court; God's decrees reflect His Character and are rooted in His holiness, unchanged by the will of society. 


Now is the time for those who call themselves believers in Jesus Christ to make a stand upon the foundation of God's Word regardless of what society upholds, supports, or legalizes. Every belief, decision, outlook, or action should be measured against God's standard not against society's opinion or standard. The Supreme Court and society around us does not set my standards of right and wrong. Rather, I have made the decision to stand upon the unchanging truth of God's Word for my worldview. I pray you have made the same decision.                   


James Christopher Powell has served as assistant minister in Northwest Florida for ten years. 
He studies at The Baptist College of Florida where he is working on a Master's degree in Christians Studies.
He married his wife Jennifer in March 2014. 

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