Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Marriage and the Glory of God

I hope if you are married, or someday want to be married, you'll take the time to read this great post by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. In a culture that so disrespects and discredits a marital union, it is refreshing to think of oneself as a "counter-revolutionary" :) Here are a few highlights:

"Our culture is so sexually confused that the goods of sex are severed from the vows and obligations of marriage. Thanks to modern technologies, we can have sex without babies, babies without sex, and both without marriage. For many, marriage has become an irrelevancy."

"The end of marriage is its beginning — the glory of God, the mystery of Christ and the church. The exclusivity and purity of the marriage bond points to the exclusivity and purity of the relationship between Christ and His church.

How does marriage glorify God? Tertullian, one of the early church fathers, offers wisdom: "How beautiful, then, the marriage of two Christians, two who are one in home, one in desire, one in the way of life they follow, one in the religion they practice... Nothing divides them either in flesh or in spirit... They pray together, they worship together, they fast together; instructing one another, encouraging one another, strengthening one another. Side by side they visit God's church and partake God's banquet, side by side they face difficulties and persecution, share their consolations. They have no secrets from one another; they never shun each other's company; they never bring sorrow to each other's hearts... Seeing this Christ rejoices. To such as these He gives His peace. Where there are two together, there also He is present."

(Pictured above is hubby's wedding ring- inscribed with "faithfully yours 6/9/07")


Mackenzie said...

That's lovely! Thank you for sharing...I hope to take some time later this evening to read the whole article!

Clare said...

Lauren, thank you for sharing that! Beautiful!



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