Evidently, the Governor of Pennsylvania made a politically incorrect remark concerning gay marriage. He dared to make it the moral equivalent of a brother marrying a sister. Oh, the outrage! Mark Aronchick, an attorney, called the governor’s remarks “insensitive, insulting and plainly wrong.” To justify his condemnation of the perceived outrageous nature of the state leader’s remark, the well-educated attorney said, “Gay people marry for the same reason straight people do – to express their love and to declare commitment before friends and family.”
Let us consider the wisdom of the attorney in this news report. First, the “lawyer for the plaintiffs in the federal case,” spoke of the insensitive and insulting nature of the remark. Perhaps this is so, but that in no way demonstrates the words are wrong (legally or morally). Anyone who is in the moral wrong will consider such words as insensitive or insulting. Second, the attorney said the words are “plainly wrong.” Really? What is the standard utilized by the lawyer that makes this the case? I think thoughtful people would be interested. Does he have in view a moral wrong, or only a legal wrong? Third, gay people marry for the same reason straight people do; so would not incestuous people do the same (if granted the same opportunity)? To ask is the answer.
What we have is a governor who made a remark with regard to a moral condition in society; he was exactly spot on to make a moral equation of homosexual marriage with incestuous marriage; in the eyes of the Lord, one is as evil as the other is.
“Then one of them, a lawyer, asked [Jesus] a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”” (Matthew 22:35-36)
Imagine how depth that conversation could’ve gotten. On one side you have a lawyer (“expert”) of the Law and on the other side you have the author of it! But the man wasn’t given a complicated answer. In reality he was given an extremely simple answer. So what command was this lawyer told was the greatest off all? The answer was love.
“Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38)
Although their subject was wrong, the Beatles had the right answer with their song, “All You Need Is Love.” When all the religious complications are said and thoroughly mixed, tangled and tied, the simple answer to following God always has been and always will be loving him. God himself can be a complex subject, and there are times when spiritual topics can become complex as well, but the path that leads to God, although it may be difficult to follow at times, will always be lit with love proceeding from him, but to follow it we must be willing to walk on, in and according to it by the love that proceeds from us.
“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5-7)