Our theme this fall in our bilingual group at church is “My Family, Part Of God’s Family.” On Sunday, I did something that I rarely do. The sermon wasn’t based around certain biblical texts; it was a series of declarations about my beliefs on marriage. Here are the ten things I mentioned:
- God created mankind as male and female. Gender is not an accident nor a product of evolution. It is divine design.
- God created marriage. This is not a human invention.
- Marriage is a spiritual act. God takes two people and makes them one. It’s much more than “a piece of paper.”
- Marriage is a covenant, with God as witness. This is much more serious than mere affirmations or promises. We take vows before the Lord. That can get lost amidst the flowers, fancy clothes, and wedding cake.
- Christian marriage and civil marriage are not the same. They often occur at the same time in this country, but they aren’t the same. That’s why the government doesn’t involve the church in divorces. Much of the political wrangling about marriage has to do with property rights, not spiritual realities. No judge can tell the church what is and what isn’t marriage.
- Living together without marriage is outside of God’s plan. Sexual relations should occur within a marriage or not at all.
- Gay marriage is not Christian marriage. Jesus spoke of marriage as being between a man and a woman. We have no right to change that definition.
- Failure to respect our marriage vows is an offense to God. We don’t just “cheat on our spouse.” We offend our maker.
- God hates divorce. God loves divorced people.
- Our church needs strong, healthy marriages. We must not be governed by mistakes we’ve made in the past. We must teach the truth to our generation and those to come.
I’ll talk some more about these in the days to come. What would you add to the list? What would you change?