Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Why It's Called HOLY Matrimony

THE CHURCH AT WHICH I AM PRIVILEGED TO SERVE (Felton Bible Church) has been around for a little over 50 years. Back in 1962 the following quote would have rung true for our church family and for our culture as well, (Yes, even here in Santa Cruz, CA). David P. Gushee wrote,
"In Western culture for many centuries a publicly avowed, legally recognized, permanent-with-rare-exceptions, sexually exclusive, monogamous heterosexual marriage served as the only socially approved organizational center and foundation of the family." (Getting Marriage Right, David P. Gushee)
My, how things have changed in 50 short years! I believe I could go as far as to say that "none-of-the-above" are true in community and culture in which I now live. Even within the church that I pastor some of these centuries old truths are  no longer in force.

Recently, the President of the United States, Barak Obama, has come out in favor of Gay marriages, even though he states to be a Christian and holds to Christian principles. In response to his statement I have read Christian both say this is good news for the church and some say that it is something that the church must speak out against. Needless to say, the conversations are not going to die down anytime soon, and personally I hope they do not. Whether you stand in favor or against you have to admit that issues of traditional marriage are back on the front burner, as they well should be.

It is for this reason that I am going to take the next three weeks off my regular sermon series (Acting Out: Becoming the Church God Desires Us to Be) and focus upon the topic of what the Bible says, and does not say regarding marriage. It is my prayer that we shall come away with a better understanding of God's design, desire and direction for marriage. After this short sermon series we will be holding a Sunday morning "lab class" about how we can develop and strengthen our marriages.
I would love to hear some of your questions regarding what the Bible says about marriage, or about how you ascertain the changes in the institution of marriage and whether those changes are for the good or for the ill.
I realize that this will affect each of us in different ways, and that we will each bring something different to the table, but that does not mean we should be afraid to sit down, open God's Word and seek to "rightly divide the Word of Truth." (2 Timothy 2:15) My desire is that through this series and class we will all walk away with marriages that are stronger whether you're contemplating getting married in the future or you've been married for 50 years, I believe we can all benefit from a thorough understanding of God's plan.

Any thoughts...
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1 comment:

IreneLovesHair said...

I am enthused that Felton Bible Church is not afraid to address such controversial topics. Looking forward to see God strengthen marriages at FBC!