The traditional definition of marriage is being attacked, and the government and court system has now bowed to the unending pressure. That’s why it’s time for the church to take marriage OUT of the government’s hands. Why did they even have it in the first place?
Why doesn’t the church offer our own licenses for married couples? Marriage is a biblical institution, and a spiritual institution. The goverment issued license does nothing to actually support, promote, or protect marriage. With all the legal excuses for divorce now, the government license contract is nearly meaningless. You can get out at any moment for any reason.
But what if the church began issuing our own licenses for marriage? We could define the meaning biblically. We could hold members accountable in the community for such a commitment. We could require more of a couple before entering the sacred union, such as counseling. And it would mean a whole lot more than a mere tax bracket. We already have our statements and beliefs about marriage. Let’s put a license out there to back it. We have ministry licenses, teaching licenses, some even have worship leader licenses, and all other sorts of licenses. Why not marriage licenses? Marriage should have never been the government’s to define in the first place. Why don’t we take back what’s been ours all along? A godly, biblical, traditional definition of marriage. I don’t mean to say we should stop fighting the political battle,but let’s make a bold statement on where we stand.
And when we create our new marriage license, it should include the following quote–in calligraphy:“Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today. Mawwiage, that bwessed awwangement, that dweam within a dweam. And wove, twue wove, wiww fowwow you fowevah and evah… So tweasuwe youw wove…”
—The Impressive Clergyman in The Princess Bride
Just a thought. Whatcha think? Love it or hate it? (the idea, and the movie)
(Full Disclosure: this idea is not original. It was shared with me by a friend who had discussed it with another friend and I was given permission to write about it. Thanks, Randy!)Like this? Try this: Five Reasons I Haven’t Left The Church or this: Facebook, the Bible, and the Metamorphosis of Reading