Posts tagged “Marriage

Regulating friendships

Posted on February 26th, 2014

The revisionist view of marriage is irrational, amounting to putting regulations on emotional bonds: Imagine a world in which the law set the terms of your ordinary friendships: You and a coworker could not strike up a friendship across cubicles without first getting the state’s approval, which it could deny you for being too young or otherwise unqualified. Having formed a friendship, you could not end it without the state’s permission. You could even be forced to pay for projects once pursued with estranged friends—until your death, and under threat of imprisonment. This would be madness, and we all see why: ordinary friendships simply do not affect the common good in structured ways that could justify legal regulation. Why, then, do we—and every culture…

Should the state be involved in marriage?

Posted on February 19th, 2014

The Libertarian argument that the state should be uninvolved in the institution of marriage is attractive but unworkable. It makes the state grow more powerful, not less: Redefining civil marriage will further erode marital norms, thrusting the state even more deeply into leading roles for which it is poorly suited: parent and discipliner to the orphaned, provider to the neglected, and arbiter of disputes over custody, paternity, and visitations. As the family weakens, our welfare and correctional bureaucracies grow. Girgis, Sherif; Anderson, Ryan T; George, Robert P. What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense (p. 9). Encounter Books.   Christians must present a coherent, natural-law argument in defense of traditional marriage.

Vocation under the cross

Posted on February 3rd, 2014

To understand what is meant by the cross of vocation, we need only remember that vocation is ordained by God to benefit, not him who fulfills the vocation, but the neighbor who, standing alongside, bears his own cross for the sake of others. Under this cross are included even the most trivial of difficulties, such as: in marriage, the care of babes, which interferes with sleep and enjoyment; in government, unruly subjects and promoters of revolt; in the ministry, the whole resistance to reformation; in heavy labor, shabbiness, uncleanness, and the contempt of the proud. All of this is bracketed with the high and holy cross of Christ; but then that too was deep in humiliation when it was erected. Gustaf Wingren, Luther on Vocation,…

Sermo Dei: Epiphany II

Posted on January 20th, 2014

Second Sunday after the Epiphany John 2:1-11 Jesus was invited to the wedding. There will be no good marriage, no successful marriage, where Jesus is not invited to the wedding. How do you invite Him to the wedding? How is Jesus part of your home life? For this, we must look to the words of the mother of Jesus. See how, when disaster strikes, she places all her trust in her Son. Though He seems to rebuff her, she persists, and she says to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” These words are for you and me, who have been made servants by the cleansing waters of Baptism: “Whatever [Jesus] says to you, do it.” What does He say pertaining to…

[Sermo Dei] The Marriage of Rachael Burt and James Vieregge

Posted on July 6th, 2013

This past Christmas Day you were baptized, Rachael – and what a wonderful day to be baptized! For at Christmas we celebrate that the Son of God, the second person of the Holy Trinity, became flesh for us, joining our flesh to His Person. This wedding, Rachael, is like your baptism all over again. We heard the holy apostle Paul tell us that the husband is to love his wife after the manner of a baptism: Christ cleansed His bride the Church “by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” You are here today in splendor, Rachael.…

Why Christians should care about homosexual “marriage”

Posted on April 5th, 2013

George Neumayr at the American Spectator argues that there is a major consideration being overlooked in the homosexual “marriage” debate. Many Christians would like to retreat, under the supposition that it won’t affect them. In “Religious freedom’s Drip-by-Drip Death,” Neumayr contends this is wrong: The end point of liberalism is a coercive secular state in which the religious have no meaningful rights. American church leaders are kidding themselves if they think the gay-marriage juggernaut is going to stop at civil marriage. It won’t. It will quickly travel past court houses to churches, demanding that all religions bless gay marriages. He cites examples of European state churches compelling their ministers to bless homosexual unions. It’s tempting to imagine that cannot happen here, since we have…

Is marriage just a piece of paper?

Posted on December 19th, 2012

Why must we first get an official license to go to bed together? Is it really that piece of paper which brings marriage into being? Of course, it isn’t any more than a birth certificate brings a baby into being. Still, it’s more than just a piece of paper. It protects human life legally. The same is true about the marriage license. It protects marriage legally. Walter Trobisch, I Married You

The beleaguered pastor and the lighthouse keeper

Posted on November 29th, 2012

Walter Trobisch was visiting a pastor in Africa whose marriage and health was suffering because of the incessant demands of parishioners. Here is the dialogue between Trobisch and Pastor Daniel, as recounted inI Married You: “It’s not only the telephone. The visitors and callers, too, are a problem. They come at any time.” “I can see no other solution. You must decide on certain hours when you are available, and then post these times on the door.” Daniel said, “Africans wouldn’t understand it. They would think it is very impolite. It is against their traditions.” “Listen, my brother, if you would come to Germany, and I would take you to any local parish, I can promise you that the pastor there has the same…