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Biblical Christian Marriage

The Bible is clear on our uniqueness as male and female, on our need for companionship, and on the institution of marriage. People were much happier and healthier in a day and age when we followed his guidelines.

This coming month, the month of May, Shelly and I will travel to Rochester Hills, Michigan to attend my sister’s (Lisa) wedding. I will officiate the ceremony, under an unusual set of circumstances. I have performed roughly 100 weddings through the years, but never a sibling. Lisa is my older sister by two years. My older brothers, Steve and Shawn, have already passed on. Yet my uncle, Uncle Don, my mother’s brother, will give away the bride. Uncle Don had two heart attacks rather early and life, and only a fraction of his heart is functional, yet he lives on.

Lisa will be marrying Bob, a banker, who has done quite well in life. He previously retired but went back to work because he enjoys his job. Presently, Bob is heading up the refinancing of properties, but with the interest rates as high as they are, business is rather slow for now.

Bob and Lisa are sparing no expense. Their wedding will take place at The Whitney, a beautifully restored mansion in Detroit. The rehearsal dinner will take place at the Texas De Brazil in Detroit, an upscale Brazilian eatery featuring all-you-can-eat grilled meat carved tableside, with a salad bar. It sounds delicious, but I’m wondering, do Brazilian cows taste different than American? We’ll find out.

Lisa insisted we stay at the local Fairfield Inn and that they pay for the room. I told her that one room is costing almost one-half of what we paid for our slightly used Temper-Pedic mattress, on which we have slept on in comfort for many years. Honestly, give me a simple, clean room with a comfortable bed and I’m happy.

We are planning for a noneventful drive on our way up to Rochester Hills, although we will pass through the Dearborn, Michigan area, famous recently for hosting “Death to America” rallies and no-go zones (Areas that the police do not patrol). My car broke down in Gary once, but this would be worse.

I thought Lisa and Bob met each other at church, but it turns out that they met on eHarmony. They dated for a few years, while Lisa grew increasingly impatient. Bob had previously been married, but his wife died slowly from an illness. He quit his job and became the primary caregiver until her death, perhaps causing hesitancy on his part to make another commitment.

The Lord God said in Genesis 2:18, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” That which causes couples to attract at a young age becomes less of a factor as we grow older. Eventually, it boils down to companionship, and just having someone with whom to share your life, someone who loves and cares for you.

It is an unfortunate trend that fewer and fewer couples choose to marry. Genesis 2:22-24 reads,

Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

The man said,

This is now bone of my bones

    and flesh of my flesh;

she shall be called “woman,”

    for she was taken out of man.

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.

Marriage is an institution established by God and is a key component of stable families and societies. Broken families are a source of much dysfunction and suffering. And with the redefinition of the family and human sexuality, all boundaries have been broken. Transgenderism trends that are relatively recent in the United States have been practiced in other countries for a long time, and outcomes have been very deleterious (e.g., Sweden). Once again, acting contrary to God’s plan causes suffering.

Genesis 1:27 states, “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” The Bible is clear on our uniqueness as male and female, on our need for companionship, and on the institution of marriage. People were much happier and healthier in a day and age when we followed his guidelines. Pray that God will again place a desire in people’s hearts to follow Lisa’s and Bob’s example of commitment in Biblical Christian marriage.

In service to Christ,

Mark Eastway

Pastor, Burket Bible Church

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