What Does God Know About Marriage?
This week, the Southern Baptist Convention reiterated its opposition to equality in marriage rights for heterosexual and homosexual couples. The Southern Baptists’ new president said that Americans ought to live under “God’s definition of marriage”. What he didn’t explain is why that ought to be the case.
Why should all Americans have to live under “God’s definition of marriage”, when increasing numbers of Americans, in every state do not believe in “God”? There’s no evidence that this God character ever has really existed, much less created reliable and useful definitions of things.
But, even if this God thing exists, why should we trust its opinions about marriage? According to Christians’ own descriptions of the supernatural character, “God” has never been married, and grew up without married parents. The new president of the Southern Baptist Convention says that everyone should have a mother and a father, but if “God” didn’t have a mother and a father, why does this particular arrangement have to be a requirement for everyone else?
We might as well ask a cheetah for a definition of scuba diving. We might as well listen to a clam giving advice about the best way to brush our teeth. I don’t think that any definition by any unmarried god has much relevance for the quality of married life… and neither does the opinion of the Southern Baptist Convention.