This blog is something very different than what I normally write on, but this topic has become a huge battleground amongst believers and non-believers. My desire is to show that we are fighting two separate battles when it comes to the definition of marriage.
Today marriage appears to be at the brink. The state and federal government seem to be changing the definition of marriage right and left. As Christians we are heartbroken at these turn of events, as we should.
We seem to be losing our voice in these matters.
We desire our government to uphold the same Christian principles as the Bible,
…but they don’t.
Is it surprising?
The church gave over the institution of marriage to the government long ago, and why should we be surprised at what the secular world has done with it?
Today more than ever the church needs to be reminded of what marriage is, and what it is not.
Marriage is not a contract, it is a covenant.
Once Christians understand this, they can have peace knowing that no matter what the government may approve as a contractual marriage, they will never be able to change what is a covenantal marriage. This is God’s institution.
A covenantal marriage is between one man and one woman, making a covenant before God that they will be faithful to one another as long as they live.
“Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female and said, therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”
From the very beginning, when God created man, he instituted marriage as a covenant, not a contract. This beautiful thing called marriage was created by God to display something much greater than two people in a relationship. Marriage is a representation of Christ and His church (Ephesians 5:22-33). Christ has, and will always be faithful to His bride, the church.
So as the world tries to mold and shape this thing called contractual marriage, believers need to represent the unconditional love, joy, peace, and faithfulness in their covenantal marriages. My prayer is that as my husband and I are in the world they will see the beauty of God’s marriage and desire the same. I believe this is the only way we can begin to make a difference in the world’s marriages, by representing Christ in the way we love and serve our spouse, something far from what the world defines as a happy marriage.
So will you join me in taking the hope of Christ centered marriages to the world?
Let’s begin to make a difference!