ChurchETHOS

Mawiage, That Bwessed Awangement

Posted in uncategorized by Nathan Creitz on May 3, 2007

Here is a post of mine that was originally written May 2004 on my other blog. I am discontinuing my other blog so over the next few months I will be randomly selecting the best of those posts to revive here on my main blog. Hope you enjoy.

The Princess Bride is my favorite movie of all time. One of the best scenes is when Buttercup is being forced to marry Prince Humperdink (I love the names) against her will. She really loves Westley but he has not come to her rescue. So Buttercup and Humperdink approach the altar as the organ plays. In the majesty and glory of the church the robed clergy turns and faces the bride and groom to embark upon a flowery speech about “wuv – twue wuv”. His speech impediment is so out of place in such a majestic, awesome setting that it gets me rolling on the floor every time I see it.

Yesterday, May 17th 2004, was an historic day in our nation’s history. The Commonwealth of Massachussetts established legality for same-sex marriages. This is the first state to legalize such unions and it won’t be the last unless something is done on a national level. Hundreds of homosexual couples exchanged wedding vows with the full support of the state (and many churches -ie the Unitarian Universalist and others).

Buttercup and Humperdink’s wedding proved to be a sham that is really funny. The tragedy that has occurred in Massachussetts is far from humorous. President Bush said, “The sacred institution of marriage should not be redefined by a few activist judges.” I believe people need to understand that the judicial branch does not define marriage. In effect, the judicial branch broke several state and national laws so that they could make their own law that fits their agenda. This is a complete usurpation of the Republican form of government in our country. The legislature signs laws into existence. A “few activist judges” have effectively changed the law to advance the homosexual cause.

Not only is it important for us to understand the violations the judicial system in Massachussetts committed, it is also important for us to understand that even the legislative branch did not come up with the definition of marriage. The definition of marriage is found in Genesis 2:24 which says, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.” Throughout the Bible God tells us what a marriage should look like. No matter what the legislature, judiciary or the executive branches decide about this issue. Marriage will always be between a man and a woman.

If two men or two women want to be recognized by the state as a valid couple, don’t call it a marriage. For that matter, if more than two men or two women (like in Utah) want to get married, don’t call it a marriage. If these two people feel some kind of sexual need for each other and certain levels of intimacy, don’t call it love. If two men or two women want to adopt a child, don’t call it a family. If a congregation chooses to reject the claims of Christ and the Truth that is found in God’s Word and prostitute itself to the opinions of this world, then don’t call it a CHURCH. And, if we as a nation wan’t God to bless us but we want to turn to our wicked ways instead of from them, then don’t call this a Christian nation.

Prince Humperdink tried to rush through the ceremony because he was getting nervous that the hero would come in and save his true love. When Buttercup and Westley are reunited she confesses, “I got married, I didn’t want to but it all happened so fast.” Westley says, “It didn’t happen. Did you say, ‘I do’?” She says, “No, we sort of skipped through that part.” “Then it never happened.”

So many people view the church as a failure because we have sold ourselves to the world. You can’t look to the church as the example of moral purity anymore. Our divorce rate is just as high as the world’s. Our view of marriage is not as pure as it once was. No wonder we have come to a point where marriage is coming to mean so many things and nothing all at the same time. The Lord will soon come for His True Love and He will purify His Bride. I wonder how many in the church right now will be ready for His coming? Will we be a part of a sham marriage to the world or will we keep ourselves pure and holy in His sight? God’s plan for marriage, for family, for church, for relationships is perfect. It is a dweam within a dweam.

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  1. Dean said, on May 15, 2007 at 2.46 pm

    Thought provoking…I agree the biblical definition of marriage is between a man and a woman. Don’t you think there’s a difference between religious and legal definitions though?

    I fear that, like in education, the fact that the government has stuck it’s fingers into the pie of marriage – by giving out marriage licenses, with various legal repercussions – marriage has been sort of tainted in this country. When they decided they can’t teach bible class in federally-funded public schools (well…actually I suppose they were right), the only thing we can do is get students to have their own bible studies, or better yet get them into privately-funded christian schools, where they should be in the first place.

    The government can’t make its laws based on the Bible, that’d be religious law, which isn’t allowed. If some churches, or “churches”, want to make same-sex unions, thats a religious/theological decision that that pastor is going to have to wrestle with on his own. I guess we really have to think of holy matrimony and the marriage license as two separate things.

    And as for a Christian nation…I think we can still be a country whose values are “marinated” in a christian-influenced culture, or with a stronger than normal christian presence, without using the powers of our government to sanction anyone inside the borders who doesn’t live according to our “rules”.

  2. No Blood for Hubris said, on June 20, 2007 at 10.36 pm

    Yes, it’s so twoo.

    It was sooo sad when the whole state of Massachusetts became consumed in fwames and then it actuwawwy cwacked in two and was swallowed up entirewwly because God was angwy with them for awwowing gay mawwiage.


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