One of the remarkable features of the Bible is that it relates history as a narrative of what actually happened, whether or not these happenings are according to God’s Law. For example, King David was described as “a man after God’s own heart.”
And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ (Acts 13:22)
This same David broke marriage vows repeatedly by polygamous behavior and even committing adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband killed. This man was a sinner, who was not behaving in matrimony in the way God wanted, but the Bible does not ignore this fact, even in the character of one of the Bible’s heroes. It is generally assumed that the writer of history edits out the events which cast his own side in a poor light. Yet the Bible paints pictures, as Cromwell asked of his portrait painter, “warts and all.”
Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage
The institution of marriage for same-sex couples — homosexual marriage — was championed by Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron, last fall; though it was notable that the project had been quietly dropped from this year’s Queen’s Speech.1 Now the baton has been taken up by both U.S. Vice-President Biden and President Obama. So, there are strong pressures from many quarters to legalize so-called “gay marriage.”
Sexual Sin in the Bible
In the Bible’s pursuit of honesty about human flaws, we read a remarkable and sad incident in Judges 19. In this chapter, a Levite is traveling with his concubine through the hill country of Benjamin, and the couple stops to spend the night in Gibeah. A man and his family take in these strangers, warning them not to spend the night in the town square — presumably because he knew what sort of danger they were in. During the night, the house is surrounded by men of the city….
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