This past weekend Corey shared a story from the Bible about Boaz marrying Ruth. It’s a great story. It reminded me of the importance of marriage. One of the reasons God told Adam and Eve to get married and Jesus reiterated it in his teachings, is that marriage is one of those sacred analogies of our relationship with God. It describes the same type of union we can have, should have, with Christ. That’s probably why some Christians get really revved up when the government tries to re-define it. It’s an example, a model, of our relationship with Christ. But I do understand why people in a secular society don’t embrace my view of marriage – they have no biblical context to identify it as this example of the kind of relationship we can have with God.
As a Christ follower I’m more concerned with how Christians get hooked up then I am the state re-defining marriage. I don’t expect anything less from a society that’s moving away from God. But how Christians move in and out of relationship, that’s a concern.
When Boaz took Ruth as his wife, it was the strongest tie he could have made with her and her family. They became one. Jesus would later say, “Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together.” (Mark 10:9).
The physical union that happens when a man and woman have sex was never supposed to be just physical. We’ve made it that, but that’s because our consciences have been seared over time. Sex is sacred. It’s a joining together that intertwines not just bodies but souls.
The church lost the marriage battle the day we lost the sex battle. When we stayed out of the conversation about sex, we let our society slowly drift towards multiple partners, bi-sexual, safe sex, casual sex, etc. It’s time for the church to define again the value and sacredness of a marriage between a man and a woman. And it’s not to keep people who have different views on the topic out of our community, but to be clear about what we believe the Bible does say and help people understand why it says what it does the way it does.
I would love to see the marriage ceremony under God revitalized. Where people who are living together decide to bring their union under the covering of God and His word. To recognize the sacredness of it as both spiritual and physical.
It’s time to rejoin the conversation.
Open to discussion…firstname.lastname@example.org.