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4 Quick Thoughts on Marriage

One of the things I absolutely love about my seminary is that they truly value the marriages of their students. As a result they have a couple’s banquet every year where the married students are served dinner by the professors, child care is provided, and a miniature sermon about marriage is presented. This year one of my professors, Carl Laney, gave four reasons why marriage should be held in honor and I thought they were so great I’d share them here.

  1. God ordained it. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24).” Marriage is the first institution created by God. Any other time God has made a covenant with man it has been regarded as something sacred and holy. In the same way, marriage should be viewed as a sacred institution that was created by God.
  2. Jesus blessed it. Jesus blessed marriage by turning water to wine at a wedding feast (John 2:1-12). He did this because marriage is something that deserves to be celebrated. Furthermore, Jesus said that there is a supernatural element to marriage. God joins the husband and wife, and we ought not separate what God has joined (Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:6-9)
  3. Children illustrate it. From the beginning, the biblical view of children is that they are a blessing. When a child is born, they have DNA from both the mother and the father. This is an illustration of the bond that occurs at marriage. Children are a vivid reminder of that unity that God creates when he weds a man and a woman.
  4. Death alone ends it. Marriage is intended as a lifelong covenant between a man and a woman in the sight of God and their family. The Bible says that wives are bound to their husbands as long as he is alive (Romans 7:2; 1 Corinthians 7:39). It also says that men are to love their lives to the point of dying for her (Ephesians 5:25-30). This lifelong devotion is meant to serve as a picture of Christ’s devotion to the Church.

There you have it! May your marriage be blessed and may it be a blessing.

John Piper on husbands who would rather play World of Warcraft than lead their wives.

The husband who plops himself down in front of the TV and orders his wife around like a slave has abandoned the way of Christ.

John Piper, Desiring God, Revised Edition: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist (Colorado Springs: Multnomah Books, 2011), 217.

Same-Sex Marriage: Bigots & Hypocrites

So, have you been to Chik-fil-a recently? Never has someone’s fast-food choice meant so much to so many, right? I think this controversy has only given us a foretaste of all the heated division that is sure to surround same-sex marriage for the foreseeable future. I think it’s also revealed something about the people on both sides of the controversy: it’s bigots vs. hypocrites.

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Treat her right.

I don’t care how successful you are! In this area, if you are a failure, it clouds all of your dignity! It robs all of your masculinity! There is no excuse for any man who claims the name of Christ to treat a woman in a dishonorable, disrespectful way!

Mark Driscoll

Sustaining the Covenant of Marital Love

I stumbled upon this video and found it very encouraging. I feel as though we as a society have lost our understanding of what it means to enter into a covenant relationship with our spouse. We actually don’t make our commitment to them, we make our commitment to God! May we all grow in our appreciation for the covenant we enter into when we say “I do.” And, may we grow in our appreciation for the faithfulness that God shows us when we enter into a covenant with Him!

Piper, Carson, and Keller on Sustaining the Covenant of Marital Love from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.