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Government Marriage Protection Week: Idolatry

Date: Oct 07, 2003
Word Count: 700 words
Cross-Reference: Marriage Protection Week, Federal Marriage Amendment, Oct 12-18, 2003


Inserting "government" before "marriage," in President Bush's sincere proclamation, exposes mistake of idolatrously protecting unbiblical "government marriage."

On   October   3,   2003,   President   Bush   officially   proclaimed   October   12   though   18   as   "Marriage   Protection   Week."     The   proclamation's   intent   was   to   promote   discussion   about   marriage   ---a   noble   and   good   intent,   indeed.     It   also   provided   a   timely   opportunity   for   some   conservatives   to   promote   the   proposed   Federal   Marriage   Amendment. 
 
Christian   conservatives   are   correct   that   the   sanctity   of   marriage   is   a   God-created   institution,   not   man-defined.     Yet   in   the   same   breath,   some   conservatives   call   for   protecting   "government   marriage." 
 
The   idea   of   "government   marriage"   is   not   of   God,   but   man.     It   is   completely   unbiblical.     As   other   conservatives   have   tried   to   explain   to   their   fellow   conservatives,   not   one   man   in   the   Bible   was   ever   "married   by   government."   Not   one. 
 
The   true   conservative   position   is   that   of   opposing   the   expansion   of   big   socialist   government.     Yet,   some   well-intended   but   misguided   conservatives   are   instead   seeking   to   liberally   expand   government   power   with   the   Federal   Marriage   Amendment. 
 
Rather   than   trust   God   regarding   Godly   marriage,   these   otherwise   sincere   fellow   Christians   are   instead   committing   idolatry,   turning   to   the   false   god   of   big   socialist   government.     In   their   genuine   desire   to   promote   Godly   marriage,   they   are   instead   promoting   unbiblical   "government   marriage." 
 
Most   Christian   conservatives   bristle   at   the   idea   of   "government   anything"   in   any   God-defined   context.     So,   to   see   what   is   really   happening,   it   is   helpful   to   see   President   Bush's   proclamation   with   the   word,   "government,"   inserted   before   every   "marriage"   reference.     (And   no,   one   cannot   insert,   "Godly,"   instead.     Biblically,   God   never   used   government   for   marriage.)     It   would   offensively   read   as   follows. 
 
 
      Government   Marriage   Is   a   Sacred   Institution,   and 
      Its   Protection   Is   Essential   to   the   continued   strength 
      of   our   society.    
 
      Government   Marriage   Protection   Week   provides   an 
      opportunity   to   focus   our   efforts   on   preserving   the 
      sanctity   of   government   marriage   and   on   building   strong 
      and   healthy   government   marriages   in   America.    
 
      Government   marriage   is   a   union   between   a   man   and   a 
      woman,   and   my   Administration   is   working   to   support   the 
      institution   of   government   marriage   by   helping   couples 
      build   successful   government   marriages   and   be   good 
      parents.    
 
      To   encourage   government   marriage   and   promote   the 
      well-being   of   children,   I   have   proposed   a   healthy 
      government   marriage   initiative   to   help   couples   develop 
      the   skills   and   knowledge   to   form   and   sustain   healthy 
      government   marriages.    
 
      Research   has   shown   that,   on   average,   children   raised 
      in   households   headed   by   government   married   parents 
      fare   better   than   children   who   grow   up   in   other   family 
      structures.   Through   education   and   counseling   programs, 
      faith-based,   community,   and   government   organizations 
      promote   healthy   government   marriages   and   a   better 
      quality   of   life   for   children.   By   supporting   responsible 
      child-rearing   and   strong   families,   my   Administration   is 
      seeking   to   ensure   that   every   child   can   grow   up   in   a 
      safe   and   loving   home. 
 
      We   are   also   working   to   make   sure   that   the   Federal 
      Government   does   not   penalize   government   marriage.   My 
      tax   relief   package   eliminated   the   government   marriage 
      penalty.   And   as   part   of   the   welfare   reform   package   I 
      have   proposed,   we   will   do   away   with   the   rules   that   have 
      made   it   more   difficult   for   government   married   couples 
      to   move   out   of   poverty. 
 
      We   must   support   the   institution   of   government   marriage 
      and   help   parents   build   stronger   families.   And   we   must 
      continue   our   work   to   create   a   compassionate,   welcoming 
      society,   where   all   people   are   treated   with   dignity   and 
      respect. 
 
      During   Government   Marriage   Protection   Week,   I   call   on 
      all   Americans   to   join   me   in   expressing   support   for   the 
      institution   of   government   marriage   with   all   its   benefits 
      to   our   people,   our   culture,   and   our   society. 
 
      Now,   therefore,   I,   George   W.   Bush,   President   of   the 
      United   States   of   America,   by   virtue   of   the   authority 
      vested   in   me   by   the   Constitution   and   laws   of   the   United 
      States,   do   hereby   proclaim   the   week   of   October   12   through 
      October   18,   2003,   as   Government   Marriage   Protection   Week. 
      I   call   upon   the   people   of   the   United   States   to   observe 
      this   week   with   appropriate   programs,   activities,   and 
      ceremonies. 
 
      In   witness   whereof,   I   have   hereunto   set   my   hand   this 
      third   day   of   October,   in   the   year   of   our   Lord   two 
      thousand   three,   and   of   the   Independence   of   the   United 
      States   of   America   the   two   hundred   and   twenty-eighth.    
 
 
"Government   marriage?"     Ungodly   socialism!     Idolatry. 
 
Inserting   "government"   exposes   how   this   well-intended   proclamation   is   not   about   Godly   marriage,   but   "government   marriage."    
 
"Government   Marriage   Protection   Week"   would   provide   the   platform   for   mistakenly   promoting   the   idolatrous   "Federal   Government   Marriage   Amendment." 
 
God   help   us.

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Bibliographic URLs:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/10/20031003-12.html 




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