Thursday, November 17, 2011

Marriage...the blog I really didn't want to write

     This a blog I've had in my head for awhile ,but have been reluctant to put to paper (or keyboard). I'm not quite sure of the reason for my reluctance but my suspicion is I simply grew tired of the debate over why and who should get married

    So I'm going to start simply by answering thee questions. Who do I believe should get married? Why do I believe this and thirdly what involvement do I believe the federal government should have?

     To answer, I believe that marriage is for a man and woman and I believe this because this is what Jesus Christ said. As far as the federal government this fall squarely in the category of not they should butt out because as far as I can tell this is a states issue.

      So what is marriage? In this country a marriage is a contract between two people. Most states it's only legal for a male and a female to sign a growing number of states are allowing this contract to be signed by same sex coupled. The purpose of this contract. Is to create a legal partnership between two people that governs custody and care of children, insurance coverage, tax issues, property issues as well as it joins two families.

     This is not wrong per se, this is essentially the way it has been for centuries.  Though the recent debates over who should be able to get married and who should not has forced the question, Is it more than just a civil contract?

     If not, then why the firestorm over gay marriage? Are there sociological and anthropological implications? Sure any civil or social arrangement has those.  My question becomes what are the spiritual implications of marriage? Does God actually care about who gets married?

     I believe that the spiritual implications of marriage are great as well I believe God cares a great deal about who gets married, it was the first institution he created. Before the nation of Israel, before he set the law in stone, he created marriage between a man and woman, the first man and woman.

Genesis 2:24-25 ESV
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

      This is the beginning of marriage Genesis chapter 2, day seven of creation.  On the sixth day God created man, woman and marriage. Marriage is the first institution created by God for men and from the way I see it a very important one.  It's continually used throughout the Bible as the analog for Gods covenant with his people.

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
Rev 19:7

     And their are many more like this even in the Old testament, in the book of Isaiah, Israel is also described as the bride.  Showing God desire the intimate relationship with his people comparable to that of a married couple.  With this said marriage between a man and wife is a foreshadowing of  the time when God reunites with man not after death but in eternal life. In the Book of Revelation when Jesus returns and is physically reunited with the church the event is described as a great wedding feast.

Revelation 19:7-9 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God

     The marriage supper of the Lamb, the bride, the church, dressed in fine linen ready for her bridegroom, Jesus Christ. It's an amazing image of Gods love for man, for the church, his people.

      Now lets look at another aspect of this very important institution. If the physical church is made of of all kinds of people, both men and women why does it matter whether the union is man and woman or man and man or woman and woman as long as it's a union of love?

     The simple answer that Gods intention for this institution as stated in Genesis is for a man and woman. No where in the Bible is this contradicted.

1 comment:

  1. A Letter to Louise
    I would love for you to read this, and perhaps we can discuss the different point of views.