Contrasting Biracial and Same Sex Marriage Deut. 21:10-14

Contrasting Biracial and Same Sex Marriage Deut. 21:10-14 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO

This sermon contrasts biracial and same sex marriage to show why the legalization of biracial marriage is not justification for legalizing same sex marriage.  Some proponents of same sex marriage have likened the alleged “discrimination” against homosexuals to the discrimination against biracial marriage.  When you read some of the editorials, blogs and comments on same sex marriage, there are many opinions expressed with very few facts.  Authors will make statements like, “gays and lesbians have as much control over their sexual orientation as they do over the color of their skin.”  There is ongoing research to determine whether homosexuality is genetic, but to date there is no conclusive evidence.  So that statement is based solely on the experience and testimony of those who “say” that they have no choice rather than on science or provable fact.

Today we are going to examine the Bible for the sake of Bible believing Christians and those who want to know what the Bible says about these matters to determine whether the legalization and acceptance of biracial marriage as the result of a Supreme Court decision in 1967 is justification for the legalization and acceptance of same sex marriage by our Supreme Court today.  This study is not intended to persuade you to change your opinion with Biblical arguments if you don’t believe the Bible.  As George Washington said, “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”  This message is simply to show you what the Bible says.  If you are minded to be governed by the authority of the Bible, you will know where you stand on these two doctrines.

The Bible does not forbid biracial marriage – Deut 21:10-14 – if you were minded to marry a person of another race and you were to read the entire Bible to determine whether you should, you would find that God would not forbid your marriage.  Yet, if you were a Jew and the person you intended to marry were a Moabite, an Ammonite, an Ashdodite, a Canaanite, or similar nationality, you would know not to marry that person [Neh 13:23-27; Deut 23:3-4; Ezra 10:1-3; Deut 7:1-4; 1 Ki 11:1-2].  The scripture clearly says, “Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you.”

Decades ago many of us used these verses to preach against biracial marriage because we were opposed to it.  Oddly, there were circumstances in which the Lord allowed miscegenation [marriage between persons of different races] even in the line of Christ.  Tamar was a Canaanite, Rahab was an Amorite, Ruth was a Moabite, Bathsheba was married to a Hittite and Naamah, Rehoboam’s mother, was an Ammonitess [Matt 1:3-7].

What you would see in your reading is that, while biracial marriage is not forbidden, there are several important things you would want to be very aware of and address before your marriage.  Biracial marriage often causes family disputes [Num 12:1; Gen 27:46; Gen 34], strong religious disagreements between the spouses [Acts 16:1-3; 1 Ki 11:1-3], cultural pressure between the races [Jn 4:9] and often unintended pressure on the children [Neh 13:24].  These are serious considerations and should be carefully weighed before entering into a biracial marriage.

Some might argue that biracial marriage is of the antichrist because the Lord set geographical boundaries among the nations and separated them according to their languages [Deut 32:8; Acts 17:26-27; Gen 11:6].  But, in truth, miscegenation has had little to do with breaking these boundaries and uniting the nations by a common language.  Those two things have been brought about more by immigration laws, international merchandising, advances in technology, communications, and transportation, the United Nations and the devil’s influence [Is 10:5, 13-14].

The Bible, on the other hand, does forbid same sex marriage – Lev 18:22 – You don’t have to go to Hebrew to figure out what “Thou shalt not” means.  God clearly prohibits homosexuality.  And when we preach against homosexuality, it is not because of a phobia or even just because we oppose it, but because it is a sin.

You can see what God’s attitude is toward homosexuality and same sex marriage as much in the New Testament as in the Old Testament.  It is abomination [Lev 18:22], it is a vile affection [Rom 1:26], it is contrary to nature [Rom 1:26-27], it is an abuse of the body [1 Cor 6:9], it is defiling [1 Tim 1:10], it is practiced by people with a reprobate mind who do not like to retain God in their knowledge [Rom 1:26-28] and it is contrary to sound doctrine [1 Tim 1:10].

You will frustrate yourself trying to argue with someone by using the Bible to “prove” your point if they have a reprobate mind.  The last place in the world they will go to determine whether same sex marriage is right is to God’s words.  Like Dan 12:10 says, “…the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.”  It is a sin for men to marry men and for women to marry women.  Unfortunately, it is likely that the Supreme Court is not going to consider God’s view on homosexuality.

In 1962, Illinois was the first state to repeal its Sodomy law.  In 1969, Connecticut repealed its Sodomy law and in the 1970’s many states repealed their Sodomy laws.  In 1980, gay rights became a part of the Democratic Party platform and many laws about discrimination were passed.  By 1995, though, we began seeing the passage of Defense of Marriage Acts in various states.  In 1998, Maine even repealed its gay rights law because a majority of the voters opposed it.  Since then there have been many laws and court decisions that bring us to the current decision the U.S. Supreme Court will have to make.

Proponents of same sex marriage and sodomy are demanding that every state in the United States recognizes that their sin is legal and continues to protect them from “discrimination” just like laws that protect against racial discrimination.  My friends, opposition to same sex marriage and racial discrimination are not the same thing, at all.  There is going to be “discrimination” when it comes to same sex marriage and, if the Bible is right and you know that I believe it is, it is going to “work both ways.”  The Bible says, “An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked,” [Prov 29:27].  Bible believing Christians and same sex couples are never going to get along with each other no matter what the Supreme Court decides.  It’s madness to think that they will.

Conclusion: So, what should be done?  Homosexuality is a heart problem.  When someone who is gay says, “This is the way I am,” and he is not just repeating some cliché, he is revealing that this sin emanates from his heart [Mk 7:21-23].  Therefore, he needs a change of heart which is what Jesus Christ will do for him [1 Cor 6:9-11].  Jesus needs to change who the person is and that will change what he does!

We don’t need laws that protect the sin of his wicked heart; we need laws that forbid this sin of sodomy.  We need preachers who are not afraid to call sodomy a sin, who will stand up for what is right and who will preach the truth to those who need the Lord in order to change their wicked hearts.  Like Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” [Jn 8:32].  That’s real liberty!!  And liberty is what we protect!!  Not the liberty to sin but the liberty to be free from sin.  There is a great deal of difference between those two!!