Wedding bells are ringing. June brides beam while grooms find shade in the shadow of their radiance.
We have taken marriage for granted. Marriage is such a given in our society that it has gone unquestioned. Until lately.
Half of all marriages fail; brokenness and sadness within matrimony is commonplace; young people delay marriage, run from it, fear it; some singles feel incomplete without it; and now many gay couples want in on it. With all that, neither church nor state has figured how to define marriage or regulate it to everyone’s satisfaction. Strange times.
Surely appeal to the Bible would clear this up, right?
From the first garden wedding in
That clears things up.
Since for most Christians, Jesus is the final authority, what did he say? Among other things, this head-scratcher: For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage; but are like angels in heaven.
Utopian-minded Christians have taken curious tacks on Jesus’ words. Shakers took him to mean that Christians should remain celibate. Shakers disappeared in one generation. The
So, how shall I end this article? Is there a final word? People of biblical faith have been trying to answer that since the beginning of time.
At least remember this from
“I now pronounce you …”
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