By Richard Kent Matthews
What would it take to make the bible the Law of the Land?
During the George W. Bush years, evangelical leaders and Christian businesspeople pushed for a Constitutional amendment codifying marriage entirely on Biblical principles. The idea hasn't faded. In fact, with the inauguration tomorrow (January 20, 2017) of Donald Trump to the Presidency, hopes are high that it can be reinvigorated and even passed through the GOP controlled Congress.
It's a tricky little amendment. Decide for yourself if you think it's a good thing.
A. Marriage in the United States shall consist of a union between one man and one or more women (Genesis 29:17-28; II Samuel 3:2-5).
B. Marriage shall not impede a man's right to take concubines in addition to his wife or wives (II Samuel 5:13; I Kings 11:3; II Chronicles 11:21).
C. A marriage shall be considered valid only if the wife is a virgin. If the wife is not a virgin, she shall be executed (Deuteronomy 22:13-21).
D. Marriage of a believer and a non-believer shall be forbidden (Genesis 24:3; Numbers 25:1-9; Ezra 9:12; Nehemiah 10:30).
E. Since marriage is for life, neither this Constitution nor the constitution of any state, nor any state or federal law, shall be construed to permit divorce (Deuteronomy 22:19; Mark 10:9).
F. If a married man dies without children, his brother shall marry the widow. If he refuses to marry his brother's widow or deliberately does not give her children, he shall pay a fine of one shoe and be otherwise punished in a manner to be determined by law (Genesis 38:6-10; Deuteronomy 25:5-10).
G. In lieu of marriage, if there are no acceptable men in your town, it is required that you get your father drunk and have sex with him (even if he previously offered you up as a sex toy to men young and old), tag-teaming with any sisters you may have. Of course, this rule applies only if you are female (Genesis 19:31-36).
So, what do you think? Are you as convinced, after reading the above little treatise, that your views on marriage should remain the same? Are you as certain as ever that the Biblical way is the best way when it comes to marriage?
If you are, that's OK. I simply request that you include these little injunctions in all of your future conversations—oral and written—about marriage. Be clear as to why you support the former President's prayer goals. Let others know about these interesting scriptures. And don't cop out by saying something like, "Well, that's Old Testament stuff. As Christians, we are not bound by that."
Keep in mind that Jesus was a practicing Jew. He would not have disobeyed the Law. In fact, the Bible is clear: Jesus came to fulfill the Law, not to do away with it. Not one word of the Law shall EVER be eliminated. If you pick and choose which passages of scripture are valid for you, then allow the rest of us to do the same. Fair enough?
However, if you already hold an opposing view, you now have some interesting ammunition. All I ask is that you use it with care and discretion. The point here is not to hurt, but to educate. Treat each other with respect and equality. For all our sakes.
(Reminder: Different Christian denominations will have differing views, not only on the marriage passages, but on interpreting and using them in daily life. If you are looking for a firm interpretation, one that suits all Christians, chances are slim. There are nearly 20,000 Christian denominations, sects, and cults around the world. Of course, you are free to choose the one that suits you and your priorities best.)
Note: If you have found more of these great scriptures, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Oh, and don't forget to leave your comment here, pro or con. Let's make this interesting. Many thanks.