I listened to a podcast a few moments ago where the speaker made an observation on Genesis One regarding marriage I had not heard before and thought worth sharing. He pointed out that the creation story concerns a series of binary complements that are integral to how things are intended to be.
We read of God creating the heavens and the earth. We read too of light and darkness or night and day, moon and sun, sea and dry land. Finally, and as a climax we read, ‘male and female’ he created them (in the following chapter we discover this is for marriage). In each case, both are necessary for the whole. The whole requires the complementary parts to be complete, to be ‘good’.
When, thousands of years later, society begins to reconfigure marriage to include same-sex marriage then not only is it tampering with something very ancient and long established, a scary thing in itself, but is tampering with a building block that Christians believe lies at the very foundation of the created order. Every previous tampering with marriage (polygamy, divorce, etc) has threatened the harmony of life. It seems indisputable that this even more fundamental attack on the nature of things can only lead to greater chaos, societal dysfunction and decay. When we erode the divinely ordered foundations trouble can only ensue.