When I started this series, I talked about the fool’s gold I had as a child. Nobody believed I had chunks of real gold, and I suggested I might have had better luck painting some smooth rocks with gold paint.
But we both know I wouldn’t have fooled anyone who had eyes to see. It would take a particular type of willful blindness to confuse painted rocks with actual gold. And though we would never make such mistakes when it comes to our material wealth, we seem anxious to make greater mistakes when it comes to eternal treasure.
The Supreme Court announced this week that marriage between homosexual couples is a fundamental right, and therefore cannot be denied, regardless of law, social construct, or popular will.
Many religious people have celebrated this decision as a triumph of love, tolerance, inclusion, diversity, or other positive attributes. Some have claimed the approval of heaven in this decision.
My purpose is therefore to examine this decision from a religious, rather than legal, perspective. Nobody is more surprised than me that I’m even writing this; I had planned to stay completely out of this issue. But I’ve also been equally surprised at the degree of support demonstrated among those who claim to believe in God, scripture, and the restoration of the gospel through Joseph Smith.
I want to make it clear that my opinion is based on scripture, not on any sort of hate. Clearly God requires us all to love each other, regardless of any other circumstance, and I love my brothers and sisters who identify as homosexual, whether they are married or single.
But it is possible to love someone and yet have a disagreement of opinion. Those who accuse others of hate when none is present demonstrate their fundamental unwillingness to love their enemies. So even if you disagree with me, let’s still be friends. I mean you no harm, and hope you mean me none as well. Fair enough?
As anyone familiar with scriptures knows, marriage was instituted by God when he performed the first marriage between Adam and Eve. The male and female, joined together, were called “the image of God.” (Genesis 1:27) Any other relationship, no matter the type, does not reflect the image of God.
This union was designed to produce offspring—as noted in God’s first commandment to multiply and replenish the earth (Genesis 1:28). The relationship God instituted thus continues the human race and supports God’s work and glory, which is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man (Moses 1:39). His work and glory cannot be brought to pass without human reproduction. Therefore, God has established important laws to safeguard this power’s proper use.
The marriage covenant, meant to be between the man, the woman, and God, provides the most stable, safe, and committed environment possible for the production, education and nurture of the next generation. Thus, God’s law requires this covenant to be in place before the physical union takes place that may produce offspring. His law enshrines, secures, and stabilizes the continuation of the human race. Indeed, God’s highest blessings are provided through covenant, multi-generational bloodlines, which could not exist and remain organized without marriage and reproduction. (Abraham 2:11)
Because the act of creating life is so integral to God’s work and purposes, it has always held tremendous religious significance, echoing that first marriage in the Garden. For thousands of years, marriage was the province of religion, not government, and was protected by strict religious expectations and God’s commandments.
The idea that marriage is only about love is actually a recent innovation. Of course love brings God, man and woman together and is required for exaltation, but love alone does not make a marriage. In fact, it’s possible to live together for a lifetime in a loving relationship and never get married (and many do.) Love and marriage are two entirely separate things, though love is certainly an integral part of successful relationships, including marriages. To celebrate the Supreme Court’s legalistic decision as a triumph of love, is to confuse love with lawyers. And to claim that God is Love, so therefore any loving relationship is approved of God, is to contradict His word and misapprehend His very nature.
The highest expression of our love for God is to keep His commandments (John 14:15), and we are to love Him first, above everyone and everything else. (Matthew 10:37, Exodus 20:3)
The regulation and taxation of marriage, in the form of licensing, is a relatively new innovation in human history, and an overreach by government into God’s realm. Government has coopted what has rightly been the province of religion for nearly all recorded history and scripture, and yet we look to government, not only to formalize marriages, but also to define the terms upon which they can take place, and force others to accept those terms, and even participate against their will, upon pain of punishment. Government has no business intervening in what God established. Man’s law is subservient to God’s law.
Heterosexual marriage, as the most effective social approach to propagating the species, has been favored by government, partly in recognition of the cultural norms originally founded on religion. Governments historically enacted laws against adultery and fornication, specifically to protect against illegitimacy and its resulting social ills and damage to children. Such laws originally reflected religious ideals, but are now largely repealed or ignored.
Marriage itself has enjoyed favored status under the law, not in honor of the love shared between two people, but in recognition of the need for stability in rearing children. The Supreme Court’s opinion states as much.
Ceding control of marriage to government necessarily also ceded to government the ability to define and re-define marriage as nothing more than a legal contract. The First Amendment was designed to prevent this mischief, but has been largely circumvented.
By legal definition, fundamental rights come to mankind, not by the dispensation of government, but by natural law, which is to say, the provision of God. Because fundamental rights come from God, they cannot be abrogated by government. Therefore, we ought to be very careful what we define as a fundamental right, because once such a right has been recognized, it cannot be rescinded. The court has held that any two people have the fundamental right to a favored relationship called marriage, regardless of gender. In doing so, the court has, by extension, claimed that God instituted this definition of marriage by granting this fundamental right. Do not be deceived; God and the court view things differently.
The redefinition of marriage by 5 unelected judges completely dispenses with the meaning and purpose of marriage, and attributes an intention to God that defies His own word. God did not create this “fundamental right.” This is an entirely new social experiment, recently invented, and based on a completely fabricated explanation for the purpose of marriage. These 5 judges have overridden the history of humanity and invented a new “fundamental right” that has never been recognized before in human history. This fact alone ought to concern us greatly.
The inconvenient biological fact is that homosexual unions are reproductively desolate and cannot produce the next generation. Though children may come to such unions in other ways, these children—all of them—biologically came from a mother and a father, as God instituted. Homosexual unions still rely on heterosexual reproduction for children.
Bruce Jenner can pretend he’s a woman, though he will forever biologically be a man. Rachel Dolezal can pretend she’s African-American, though she will forever biologically be caucasian. Some celebrate these delusions as courageous, even heroic. But a spray tan doesn’t change DNA and painting a rock doesn’t make it gold. It’s silly and foolish for us to play along with these delusions. We cannot redefine biology.
We similarly delude ourselves when we pretend homosexual unions are equivalent to heterosexual unions in God’s eyes and eternal purposes. They cannot contribute to God’s work and glory because they cannot become the image of God. Such shall be thrown down (D&C 132:13)
The universe is built on balanced opposites. Said Lehi:
For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my firstborn in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility. (2 Nephi 2:11)We find examples of this principle everywhere. Yin and Yang, light and dark, positive and negative, male and female. Even at the atomic level, the universe and all things in it stay together because opposite charges are kept in balance. Trying to drive two like-charged particles together without a balancing opposite charge results in instability and destruction.
Why this opposition? To bring about God’s eternal purposes:
And to bring about his eternal purposes in the end of man, after he had created our first parents, and the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and in fine, all things which are created, it must needs be that there was an opposition; even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter. (2 Nephi 2:15)And so, the marriage relationship between a man and a woman, established by God, is honored by him as the only way to bring about the progression we require to become like Him (and Her.)
Right on schedule, the Lord has written his testimony again in the heavens. If you look in the Western sky tonight just after dark, you’ll see Jupiter and Venus joined together as one, just above the horizon, sitting on the paw of Leo, the lion. Venus and Jupiter are the second and third brightest objects in the night sky. Jupiter is named for the King of gods, and Venus is named for the goddess of love and beauty. Joined together, male and female, they are held to the bosom of the mighty lion Leo, a representation of Christ.
Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 11:11)Incidentally, the closest bright star to the joined male/female pair tonight is Regulus, the “little king.” Not only does this name signify royal offspring of the great king, but also anciently referred to the process of using antimony to refine pure gold.
If everyone were homosexual, the human race would die in one generation. Humanity, therefore, depends on, indeed requires, that the vast majority of humans be heterosexual. To protect as a fundamental, God-given right something that would wipe out the human race if universally practiced and faithfully followed, is not only illogical, but completely insane.
The Supreme Court’s decision has therefore diminished marriage to mean merely a contract between two people. It recognizes nothing unique, important, or fundamental about heterosexual marriage or the continuation of the species; it contradicts God’s law, denies God’s nature, and frustrates God’s purposes in creating marriage. It ignores the biological realities of the human race. It declares all rocks are gold, and therefore gold is worthless.
If we hop on the bandwagon, mock God's rainbow sign, and declare how delighted we are with this decision, we are in fact rejecting God's word, covenant, and in the end, mocking God Himself. You can't have it both ways. It's gold or rocks. They're not the same.
Love, diversity, equality, inclusion, tolerance, and all the other positive principles invoked by religious people in support of this decision are noble attributes indeed, and can all be honored, while yet recognizing the structure of God’s universe and the wisdom of His plan. We only delude ourselves when we pretend homosexual marriage is honored of God.
And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.