Friday, June 5, 2015

The Marriage Blessing: Legal or Not?

The union of a man and woman as husband and wife is a union that God blessed from the very beginning of man's existence. After creating male and female He blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth." Genesis 1:28

No matter what the law says, God recognizes and blesses the marriage union. He ordained the marriage/family unit to be the foundational ruling unit of the entire earth. He did three things after creating man and woman:

  • He blessed them
  • He told them to have children
  • He told them to rule over the earth
His blessing is on the union of a man and a woman. His command is for them to have children together, creating a family. He further instructs them to rule over the earth, establishing this marriage/family unit as the basic governing authority in the earth.

The legality of marriage is man's recognition of God's blessing on the union. Man gave the union a legal status, with resulting benefits, as an acknowledgement of God's blessing on this union, and a recognition that it is the basic governing unit. God's blessing on marriage came first, not the legal status. The legal status came because of the blessing, not the blessing because of the legal status!

We need to remember that nothing will be able to take God's blessing off the union of a godly marriage, no matter what kind of laws man passes. There may be laws passed that allow legal status to marriages that are something other than the union of a man and woman, but that will not change the blessing of God upon a marriage union as He defines it.

Of course we are opposed to giving legal status to ungodly marriage unions, however God's blessing will not be on that union. He will not bless a union that is contrary to what He has established as shown in His Word. We must recognize that the blessing of God is more valuable than the legal status granted by man. A united man and woman have God's authority to create families and rule over the earth. Don't get a defeated attitude if laws are passed that give legal status to ungodly unions. Yes we pray, vote and take action against that, however we still have God's blessing and authority on godly unions no matter what happens.

I understand that by passing laws contrary to the commands of God there is the possibility for judgement to come on a state or nation. This is why we must pray, inform ourselves, vote and take action for this not to happen. However, I believe it is necessary to point out that God's Word takes precedence over the laws of man, and we can take comfort in this as we, as individuals, couples, families and churches, follow His Word.

The next thing God did after the three things mentioned above, is He told them what to eat. He provided food for them so there would be provision for generations to come. God always provides for the righteous and makes a way for their seed to continue. Whether or not your marriage has legal status, and whether or not legal status is granted to ungodly marriages, you still have God's blessing and authority on your union as a godly man and woman. This blessing includes provision so you and your children may continue living as He has called you to.

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