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today’s marriages? christian or not?

Sunday, 8 October 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

after seeing a clip on the today show, i wondered what really is marriage. you see, apparently the today show had a contest where a couple was chosen to get married on the show. the audience, then, was charged to choose all the attire and destination. so friday was the big wedding day for this couple. the wedding was televised, and a presbyterian minister was invited to “perform” the wedding.

my question is what constitues christian marriage? was this just civil marriage, or is this christian marriage? here, on national television, the religious was exposed as the leader of this ceremony. and so, my question for the world wide community is: what doesn it mean to have christian marriage and what does it mean to have such a public wedding framed by christian liturgy? was this performance on the today show an act of living out one’s christian witness? or, could it be something else? perhaps just a feel good public ceremony?

Categories: Society, Theology
  1. broken26410
    Sunday, 8 October 2006 at 11:40 pm

    Marriage is not just about a ceremony…
    It goes far deeper.

    Are you saying that a union of a Christian man and a woman performed in a courthouse by a Justice of the Peace, is not a Christian marriage?

    Granted, as a believer, I don’t think I’d ever choose to have such a ceremony. A wedding is a blessed event. However, I think that a Christian marraige is the union of two believers.

    You can call a ceremony “Christian” or “civil,” the technicallities of what each one constitues will differ, but a Christian Marriage is not a ceremony.


  2. Wednesday, 11 October 2006 at 9:31 am

    Hi Robyn,
    Interesting to me that on the day you posted this thought, I was preaching on marriage and divorce, and the meaning of Christian marriage.
    My tentative answer would be to say that this televised liturgy is an abuse of christian marriage. The focus from whay you described (and what I have seen the Today Show do once before) is on the trappings and the romantic, and not much on that marriage is more than trying to make the romance permanent.
    But my hope would be that retaining the Christian liturgy would be a leavening act, perhaps that is why the Presbyterian minister agreed to take part, I hope so.

  3. Friday, 13 October 2006 at 7:39 pm

    It intersting thought, Larry. Where is the truth in the performance of that liturgty or televised liturgy? For me, as I think about it, the televised liturgy is another form of hypertext liturgy and quite possibly the making of religion…I’d be interested in your thoughts!

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