May 15, 2012
Recently Franklin Graham took a bold and prophetic stance against President Obamas affirmation of same-sex marriage. His full statement can be read here.
Franklin Graham is the founder of Samaritans Purse, a ministry that provides life-saving food and medical care to the poorest of the poor, even in such generally closed countries as North Korea. And Samaritans Purse does their good unabashedly as a witness to the love of Christ and the power of His Gospel.
Rev. Graham is also unashamed to stand for biblical principles in the public square. In his statement on marriage, he noted that The institution of marriage should not be defined by presidents or polls, governors or the media. The definition was set long ago and changing legislation or policy will never change Gods definition. This is a sad day forAmerica. May God help us.
For this, Peter Wehner of the Ethics and Public Policy Center has taken him to task for selective outrage. He also attacks Rev. Graham for being censorious and lack(ing) a spirit of grace and reconciliation, and for not with equal vigor attacking such vices as self-righteousness and woes as poverty.
Were one to comb through Rev. Grahams many messages, spoken and written, Im sure there could be found myriad condemnations of such things. In this instance, he spoke out about a matter of enormous consequence to our society and did so immediately after his own home state voted to affirm traditional marriage and the President of theUnited Statesdenigrated it.
Let me see: Relevance, importance, timeliness, biblical instruction, patriotism, a burden for his country what was Rev. Graham missing?
Mr. Wehner a faithful man and generally a perceptive commentator - also argues that the definition of marriage has changed even within the Bible. Nonsense: To suggest, as he does, that Old Testament examples of polygamy, concubinage, etc. mean that the Scriptural definition of marriage itself has changed is neither logical nor consistent with the Bible itself.
From Genesis 2 on, the Bible makes clear that God ordained marriage to exist between one man and one woman, for life. Jesus affirmed this overtly in such passages as Matthew 19:1-10; one might tend to think of Him as a rather good expositor of the Torah.
In this same passage, Jesus told His Pharisaic interlocutors that Moses granted certificates of divorce because of your hardness of heart ...but from the beginning it has not been this way. In other words, God makes allowances for human fallenness (e.g., polygamy in the era of the Hebrew prophets), but this does not mean He approves of such or has not made His moral will sufficiently known that it can be followed without ambiguity.
Additionally, it was President Obama, not Rev. Graham, who politicized the Bible by using the Golden Rule (do unto others as you would have them do to you) as a pretext for his endorsement of homosexual marriage.
The implications of such an application are mind-boggling. Do we let our children indulge in diets of Coke and ice cream because they enjoy it and it makes them, and not us, obese? If the standard for moral judgment in public policy is self-satisfied permission of all that does not cause me direct and serious physical harm, our society is not crumbling it is in free-fall.
Homosexual marriage is destructive of a social institution grounded in biblical revelation and validated by natural law. It places the entire social fabric at risk: Children can only naturally be pro-created by a male and a female, and the marriage of those partners provides the healthiest environment in which a child can be raised. These premises compose the indisputable foundation of civilization.
Franklin Graham is to be applauded for his declaration that when homosexuality is sanctioned by a nations leaders and enshrined in a nations laws, the heart of our Creator is grieved. With him, I pray that God may indeed help us.