Pastor's Corner

17 Jan
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Mid-Week Challenge

Just when I thought the “progressives” could not progress further, I read this morning where a couple of friends of First Daughter Tiffany Trump were married recently in Las Vegas where she served as flower girl.  Friends Peter Carey and Quentin Esme Brown were married in a tradition ceremony under the most untraditional of reasons.  According to the bride the couple plans to make their marriage a sexless, open marriage.  She explains on Instagram:

“He has always been my soulmate in every sense of the word and we felt mutually that Vegas was the place to finalize our commitment to partnership. Peter and I are not romantically involved — in fact we are still dating others and will continue to seek love in all forms — we are just each other’s hearts and wish to begin our journey towards evolution, because the more we face reality, the more we can see that there is no right or wrong.”

As you pick your chin off the floor in disbelief let me assure you, yes you read that right. Marriage has now progressed into two soulmates that do not live together, do not have sex, they plan on no children together and who admit to dating other people.  It gets better.  Relationship “experts” say this is a good thing!

Co-author of the book The New “I Do,” and a therapist, Susan Pease Gadoua says it fits in with the way she sees many people deciding to change the rules to suit their relationship needs.  She says, “We don’t need to get married for any of the reasons we used to. Once you’ve got everything else in place, it is like the cherry on top.”

There is a lot going on there.  What does she mean by “Everything else in place” and what if your “relationship needs” change?  I understand the desire to make your own rules and buck the system but have we learned nothing from the mistakes made by others in the past?  Granted, the kids in this story have not had the best role models for examples but one would hope that somewhere along the way a seasoned adult might offer a word of advice.  No one in this story claims to be a Christian but the Bible offers some sound advice about marriage and the purposes around two people joining together publically for life.

The Bible addresses marriage, the relationship or the individual in over 500 verses.  In Genesis 2 God says: 'It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.'  Marriage is God's idea for His creation to result in companionship and intimacy.  In the New Testament the roles and expectations are defined further in Ephesians 5. Here we read that marriage is a sacrifice of both parties suppressing self and promoting the other.  The application of all of these things leads to an emotionally and spiritually stronger person.  The progressive idea of marriage is the exact opposite in every way.  The church has always believed the breakdown of the family leads to the breakdown of society.  Healthy marriages lead to healthy people.

With cultural support of the new idea of marriage the only thing we are progressing toward is the breakdown of the family and our communities.  This is one area where individual choices have a backlash on everyone around them. 

Don't be misled--you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Galatians 6:7 NLT

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan


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