Explaining his change of heart, Kirk was quoted by Reuters as saying, “Our time on this Earth is limited. I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back – government has no place in the middle.”
What He Got Right
Kirk got it right, but he got it wrong. We, humans, know in our hearts that life ultimately is about love. Kirk got that right.
God said in Deuteronomy 6:5, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Jesus said that this is the greatest commandment. Life in this world does come “down to who you love.” It comes down to whether you love God and His Son, Jesus.
Who loves you also is key.
What He Got Wrong
But Kirk has it backwards. Life is not about “who loves you back.” Life is about who loved you first. 1 John 4:19 tells us that “We love Him because He first loved us.” Romans 5:8 states it clearly. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Kirk’s view represents a sad distortion of God’s plan and revelation of Himself in Scripture. When we try to figure out life and love on our own, we always get it wrong.
God loved the world and demonstrated His love in that He came to earth Himself as Jesus to die in our place and to pay the price for our sin against Him. To love Him with every decision we make, our very soul, and with everything else over which we exercise any control is our only worthy response.
God loved us. We love Him back.
Because Kirk gets love wrong, he gets marriage wrong. Because marriage was instituted and defined by God who is love, Kirk had to distort love before he could distort God’s institution of marriage.
Our time on this Earth is limited indeed. We have to get this one right, and get it right now.
Life really is about love, the love of God who gave Himself in death upon the cross for us. This is the love everyone truly and deeply wants, love that causes the lover to give his life for the one he loves. Only God provides this kind of love.
Marriage belongs to and is defined by that loving and true God. While we may think we can change God’s definition of marriage and still keep God’s definition of love, we will find that we cannot change one without harming the other.
–Reuters story at http://reut.rs/103OiUF.