“What God Has Joined”

Wedding cake with bride and groom split in the middleJesus’ words about divorce appear to leave little room for the practice in a Christian context:

It was also said, “Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.” But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery” (Matthew 5:31, English Standard Versions).

And…

He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery” (Matthew 19:8).

However, as you consider those verses…please take into account “What God Has Joined” by David In-Stone Brewer in Moral Issues and Christian Responses:

If you, like me, find small print a bit difficult to read, click here to open it in a separate, more easily adjusted window.

Also, in the spirit of full disclosure, I have been divorced.

Marriage Is a Privilege?

Marriage Ceremony

Internet Radio

As I’ve previously shared…at night I like to listen to podcasts as I fall asleep (or fall back to sleep).  Truth told…I actually prefer they play all night–something Michelle isn’t terribly fond of. ☺

Recently, however, the convenience of Internet radio applications on my iPad, iPhone, and Droid mean I am often replacing a podcast with a live stream of a radio station.  The choices are unlimited–but I’ll admit that I’m usually listening to talk of the religious or conservative kind (although Elhkhart Internet Radio’s mix of music has been a recent favorite).

One night this past week at the Costa Mesa Marriott Suites I woke up in the middle of the night (a fairly normal occurrence, especially when traveling)…and the speaker made a quick comment that hit me.  He said that marriage was a privilege, not a right.

Now I can’t really tell you what his point was–I zoned back out pretty quickly…but it’s what convinced me to do this initial sermon on marriage.

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