You might know this past weekend, my wife and I had the privilege, along with our 5 month old, to go to Florida for a beach wedding. In this case it was for my brother. While I was in the midst of celebrating Saturday night, I read the following tweet online:
If you’re a Christian and you don’t *love* weddings, you don’t have a romance problem—it’s a theological problem.
I don’t know how this thought strikes you, but it made me pause a second and get my bearings. After all, I was the “trained professional” involved in helping pull off the ceremony and, like most every wedding I was involved in, there are things that make weddings somewhat unlovable. I’m thinking of the personalities of people involved, all the details coming together at precise moments, in our case, the heat of a summer’s day on the beach dressed in nice clothes, time barriers, a crying child.
But what is marriage about? A few years ago, our church was rewriting bylaws and we were adjusting some language on the article on marriage. We said, we believe marriage is a good thing. Some people thought it was a little too chatty and didn’t have the “sacred institution” language that had always been there. But, do you know why we opted for the “good thing” language? Because the Bible (and, as a result, God) does.
He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.
God says “It’s not good for man to be alone” and remedies this by creating a wife for Adam.
God made marriage to be a sacred institution and a “good thing”. Hebrews 13:4 gives us 2 directions in regard to marriage: to let it be held in honor among all and to keep it pure. So, marriages, weddings and the uniting of a man and woman together is a great work of God and, thus, Christians should “love” when people gather to celebrate what God has done in bringing a man and woman together.
That tweet was right on and exactly what I needed in our celebration Saturday to look to the One who gave us this good thing and praise Him. Hope you can do the same today reflecting on these things.