The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts (USA) has ruled that homosexual couples have a right to the “protections, benefits, and obligations of civil marriage.” This is a tragic day, but it should not come as a surprise, if we understand the big picture. It’s just another reminder of the loss of biblical authority throughout the once-‘Christian” West (see commentary on Canada: Exit SARS … Enter Same-Sex “Marriages”!).
For the past century, many churches have compromised on the authority of the Bible, especially the first chapters of Genesis, because they rejected its history in place of man’s opinion about long ages. But by rejecting these verses, they have rejected the foundation of Christian doctrine and civil government, including the institution of marriage (Genesis 2). Now man’s opinion increasingly rules the culture.
If we were to see a return to biblical authority in the churches en masse, the resulting effect on society would be huge. But if we are continually making it clear to the world that we don’t believe our own Book in its opening chapters, why should they take its rules for living seriously (John 3:12)?