Their solution to their problem makes me think of a gardener wanting to change the definition of "tulips" so he can have more roses.
Much of the opposition to the marriage of SSA people seems to come from various denominations of traditional Christianity that want the dictionary
meaning to remain in place.
Although unknown to the vast majority of traditional Christians, these Christians have a similar problem with the dictionary. Was not one of the
lessons Christ taught that a person should not try to remove a speck from someone's eye when he has a log in his own? (Matthew 7:3-5).
I suppose the question to be asked is: Are Christians to act as policemen to the world, forcing others to abide by the rules of the Christian faith (1
Corinthians 5:12-13) or are they to serve as witnesses to the world? (Acts 1:8).
Traditional Christians want the title of Christian but they do not follow the dictionary definition. My Webster's dictionary, which sits in front of
me on my desk, states that a Christian is a "follower of Christ," and something said to be Christian relates "to Christ or his religion."
This does seem to fit the definition in 1 Corinthians 11:1, where Paul advises us to follow his example as he follows the example of Christ (NIV). A
concordance will show numerous places where Christ instructs people to follow Him.
This writer may not be the sharpest knife on the shelf, but I do know that traditional Christianity is as far from its dictionary definition as is
same-sex marriage from the dictionary definition of marriage.
The dictionary defines marriage as a union of a man and a woman. The same dictionary says a Christian is one who follows Christ and His religion."
Christ, as a human, was an observer of the Hebrew religion, as were the apostles. Although many people see the obvious definition problem with
same-sex marriage, few people want to admit the differences between traditional Christianity and the dictionary meaning of "Christian."
The short list
One could make a long list of differences between the example Christ set and the customs of traditional Christianity, but I will list only a few major
Although the Hebrew calendar is still in existence, traditional Christians have chosen to have their religious life regulated by the Gregorian
calendar of today's world.
Today, the majority of people who call themselves Christian are members of various fragmented denominations and religious parties. Christ preached a
message of unity (John 17:11), as did Paul (Ephesians 4:3-6), but traditional Christianity covets its divisions.
Traditional Christianity has ham for Easter.
Traditional Christianity observes the first day of the week.
Christ observed the temple's festivals and Sabbath days (seventh day of the week, Passover, Atonement, Pentecost etc.). These days were commanded by
the Father in Leviticus 23 and were observed by the apostles after Christ's ascension to heaven.
The majority of people going by the title "Christian" today observe entirely different days from those that Christ observed. How does one fit the
dictionary's definition of a Christian if one observes the wrong days?
Traditional Christianity doesn't believe this (even though heaven and earth still exist) and claim the law disappeared at the cross.
A person would think that belief in what Christ said must fit somewhere into the definition of a Christian.
People have the strange notion that calling something by a different name changes what it really is.
God says there will be a day when things that are evil will have a meaning of that which is good (Malachi 2:17).
God says woe to the people who think they can change the meaning of words instead of being honest (Isaiah 5:20).
I think we will all agree it is deceitful to give something a name that it is not. Do people really think that changing the definition in the
dictionary will make something acceptable in God's sight?
Reader, do you think simply changing the dictionary definition of a Christian will increase the number of righteous people?
People can change the dictionary all they want, but it is this writer's opinion that a tulip can never become a rose any more than a person not
desiring to imitate Christ can become a Christian.
Nor can the union of two people of the same sex become a biblical marriage.