Signing the Pledge

These ministers have announced that they will no longer perform marriages. Why? Because America's lawmakers are increasingly making nonsense of marriage itself, and they want no part of it.

As they put it:

"Therefore, in our roles as Christian ministers, we, the undersigned, commit ourselves to disengaging civil and Christian marriage in the performance of our pastoral duties. We will no longer serve as agents of the state in marriage. We will no longer sign government-provided marriage certificates. We will ask couples to seek civil marriage separately from their church-related vows and blessings. We will preside only at those weddings that seek to establish a Christian marriage in accord with the principles articulated and lived out from the beginning of the Church’s life."

In other words, couples will have to go to a judge to be legally married, and then head for the church for "vows and blessings." (Which is exactly what some European countries have done for decades). For a Christian, the "real" marriage IS the vows and blessings in church.

I can imagine young couple expressing this view by thumbing their noses at the "legal" marriage, showing up in a judge's chambers in old jeans and T-shirts, and minus any rings or family members. (Their T-shirts might read: "This is not a REAL marriage ceremony!" or: "God designed marriage, not the state!") And then they would go on to the church and dress up for the "real" wedding, performed by an agent of God before friends and family, complete with rings, a big cake, and all the trimmings.

Or maybe not: Not everyone is as aggressively in-your-face as I am . . .

Another solution is a destination wedding—flying the entire wedding party, including the minister, to some pleasant country that upholds genuine marriage. It would be good to bring tourist dollars to countries that do this. And to let them know why you've come.

In my opinion, Chuck would have been proud of these ministers.


Anne Morse: signing the pledge
Some of us are every bit aggressively in-your-face about true marriage, and rightfully so! Marriage is the most deeply symbolic element of the Godhead in all of Christendom and the relationship of Christ with His Church. It's where following Christ either happens or doesn't - that simple! I like how Rev. Bob Moeller of Chicago put this symbolism and today's distortion thereof: Christ would never have two brides in this covenant, and would never divorce His bride to substitute another bride. There would never be two Christs and no bride in this covenant. That pretty much sums up the Matt. 19:4-6 Divine definition of marriage. Good for Anne!
"Not everyone is as aggressively in-your-face as I am . . ."

(cough) (cough cough) (cough cough COUGH) No, I'm OK.

;-) Love ya, Annie!

And I think this is an utterly brilliant solution. The ministers are then free to make their ceremony as deeply religious as they want, without the threat that they are denying anyone the right to get married by refusing to water it down. Bravo to them.

As to getting married in another country, Barbados is unashamedly religious and traditional - and a beautiful place year-round.

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