The battle on marriage still rages in this country and in many others. At the heart of it is the definition of marriage. As Robin Phillips writes in The war on the word ‘marriage’
Last year when the debate about same-sex marriage raged through America and Britain, there was widespread concern regarding the cultural consequences of changing the definition of marriage. In response to these concerns, the gay rights lobby frequently denied that the meaning of marriage was hanging in the balance.
“We are not wanting to change the definition of marriage,” the champions of gay marriage would repeatedly point out. “We simply want to expand the pool of people eligible to get married.”
Now that the dust has settled, it has become undeniable that they did want to change the definition of marriage, with far-reaching cultural consequences.
This debate about marriage has now spilled over into children’s programming on the Disney Channel. Mike Wittmer, a seminary professor laments in what is marriage?:
Last week I explained to my daughter that she was no longer allowed to watch the Disney television show, “Good Luck Charlie.” She understood that we love gay people and appreciate the many good things that they may contribute to society, but we don’t like how Disney is openly trying to force children to accept homosexual marriage as a normal, lifestyle choice.
Mike never imagined he would have to do this nor did he begin his teaching career thinking he would have to do something else:
Another thing I never thought I’d have to do is assign a term paper on the topic of marriage. Happily there is a perfect text for the paper, What Is Marriage?, by Sherif Girgis, Ryan Anderson, and Robert George. The book is a terrific starting point for the debate we should be having about marriage. I say “should be” because one side tellingly does not want to discuss the definition and ground of marriage, but thinks it can bypass the hard work of reflection by simply calling the other side names. And they seem to be winning, which tells you all you need to know about our culture.
This war isn’t over though some would like us to think it is. Let’s be prepared to engage and explain the ground and definition of marriage well.