Sunday, June 5, 2011

Holy Matrimony

In the face of the media's aggressive campaigns to 'reinvent' marriage, I hear the term "traditional marriage" being used a lot.  And it just struck me that I don't agree with this term at all.  Marriage between one man and one woman cannot be lowered to such a watery connotation as "traditional".  Traditions are man-made.  But marriage is God ordained.  It is His design, His idea and His plan. 

The correct term for the union between a man and a woman is is actually Holy Matrimony.  Remember the "traditional" words used in a wedding ceremony?  "We are gathered here today to unite this man and this woman in Holy Matrimony."  Can you imagine hearing the minister say, "We are gathered here today to unite this man and this woman in traditional marriage"? 

Actually , what is being implied when holy matrimony is called "traditional" is that it is an archaic term that doesn't fit the 21st century's perverse generation.  Those who want to reinvent holy matrimony also want to "update" the constitution and throw the ten commandments out of our courts of law.  Look at what the the 1828 Webster's Dictionary Definition for Matrimony is:

MAT'RIMONY, n. L. matrimonium, from mater, mother.
Marriage; wedlock; the union of man and woman for life; the nuptial state.
If any man know cause why this couple should not be joined in holy matrimony, they are to declare it.

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.  Eph 5:31-33 

There is a mysterious connection between Christ and the church and holy matrimony between a man and a woman.  (It's really exciting to know that someday we'll understand this.)  It's serious business to obey the command of the Lord.  God expects marriage to be "holy", unbroken and sacred.  He commands the husband to love sacrificially as Christ did and the wife to reverence her husband as unto the Lord (with the same reverence she gives the Lord).

The media term 'traditional' links marriage weakly with other "traditional" things like fashion trends, house styles and christmas trees.  Traditions can be broken, revoked, changed and 'reinvented'.  And marriage is not traditional, it is holy.

If more of us begin to refer to marriage as what it really is - holy matrimony - it might begin to awaken those who've allowed themselves to be lulled to sleep by the constant drum beat of the drones and talking heads who work tirelessly to keep God out of their conscience.  I plan on using this term from now on when referring to marriage, but especially in the face of a member of the radicals who want to pervert what God has ordained holy.

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