It seems to be an inevitable fact that gay/homosexual marriage will become increasingly permitted amongst US states and across the world. Traditionally, marriage is supposed to be a lifelong covenant and divorce is not permitted (debatable issue I discuss below). Likewise, traditionally, marriage is supposed to be between a male and a female. So, now that traditional and sacred demarcations have been broken how far do we let them continue to break? The question I’m posing is: should we allow gay marriages to end in divorce?
One of my friends recently founded an organization that I believe is a powerful witness to the hope that we have within us for the hurting. Here’s a little bit about the organization.
You Are Not Alone, or YANA, was founded in late March 2012 as a result of the eyes of two college students being opened to the reality of domestic abuse. Charlie Evans and Austin Rahn found themselves in a heartfelt discussion about the friends and family they know who have dealt with abuse, and decided it was time someone did something about it. Literally overnight, YANA was born. The two immediately began to put together a Facebook page, Twitter account, YouTube video, etc. in accordance with their slogan, “Speak Up, Speak Out, Speak Now.” In less than two days the Facebook page had over 100 fans.read more »
It seems that the only provision Jesus allows for divorce, or at least was recorded, was for sexual immorality. Due to the exception clause found in 19.9 the issue of concern is what Jesus means by his use of πορνείᾳ (porneia). The Matthew passage (except for indecency, μὴ ἐπὶ πορνείᾳ, [epiporneia]) raises many questions, mainly what does Jesus specifically mean by πορνείᾳ, as it carries a broad range of terms. The LXX (Septuagint) uses πορνείᾳ to translate the Hebrew זנות, zenut, which is used for immorality and also specifically for incestuous marriages and other illegitimate forms of marriage. However, many scholars concede that וחנז does not always mean an illegitimate marriage but a full range of sexual immorality. Deuteronomy 14.1 [Jesus’ reference to Moses in 19.8] contains the words ךבד צרות, “indecent matter.” צרות literally means “nakedness” and the sexual immorality involved in Jesus’ use of πορνείᾳ is physical adultery.