On April 28, 2015, the Supreme Court heard arguments concerning the redefinition of marriage. By the time you’re reading this, we will all know their decision. There is no doubt that this is an historic case that will have a lasting impact on American culture for years to come. For in many ways, the Supreme Court has more impact than any American President does on the future and the direction of our land. Nine people are given great authority to seek to understand what is truth, what is right and wrong, what is constitutionally correct. Their influence is very great, indeed.
With that in mind, and at a time when the definition of marriage is being hotly debated in social, political, and religious circles, I find it interesting that Webster’s (which has absolutely no religious bias one way or the other) has this definition of marriage: “it is the social institution under which a man and woman live as husband and wife by legal or religious commitments.” I wonder how long that definition will appear in the dictionary. I guess time will tell. But one thing we know is what God says. He made his intentions very clear from the start. He invented marriage as the first institution, between one man and one woman (for life), long before government, long before synagogues and churches.
For a while, Adam was the only human that existed, and along with the animals, the garden was in perfect harmony. Adam didn’t kill the animals, and they didn’t kill each other. His only two jobs were to tend the garden and to name the animals, which he did. But after a while, Adam began to feel he was missing something, and God saw this and said it was not good for Adam to be alone, so He caused Adam to sleep, took a rib from his body, and from that rib He created the perfect complement, the perfect counterpart, the ultimate human companion. God created woman. And He created her in His image, just as he had created Adam. Both equal before God.
Then came marriage. This is where it all began.