Two of my children got married in the last two years. I have been married to one incredible woman for 26 years. I love a good wedding. I like to officiate at them; I love the opportunity to help a couple place Christ at the center of their new relationship; I love to remind all who attend of the gospel and what a Christian marriage is all about. I love watching the wedding party celebrate their joy with their friends.
James MacDonald did a better job of expressing some of the reasons than I ever could and so I will include his post before adding two final thoughts of my own.
I got up early with my wife to watch the Royal Wedding of William and Kate. I did this because such things are important to my wife and I love her dearly. We have fond memories of Charles/Dianna’s wedding and like good Canadians by birth remember where we were back in 1981 for that memorable event. Some reflections:
1) I pray for the new royal couple and ask that the grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ would alter their natural course and that through faith they would come alive in a personal way to the forgiveness of sin, and the word of God and the hope of eternal life; simply that they would be saved.
2) I am thankful for the impact of regenerate Anglicans like John Stott and J.I. Packer whose ministries have impacted my life and faith for 3 decades.
3) I am grieved by the religious pomp, contrived ceremony and minimal passing gospel references in the service we and in the end, 2 billion others witnessed. The mumbling singing and distant glare of the couple themselves during the minister’s obligatory rambling grieved my heart deeply, knowing that this is the only church experience most watching will have this year. And will it do anything other than remind the masses why they do not church?
4) The Anglican community, deeply divided around the world over the authority of God’s word and an orthodox gospel was on display in this wedding seen by as many as 2 billion people. The service was only marginally different than a catholic mass. Reminding us that Anglicanism traces its history not to the heart cries of the reformation: Soli Fide, Sola Scriptura, Sola Christus, but to the convenience of an earthly King who wanted to remain religious while indulging himself in disobedience and unbelief.
5) I was grieved further by the seeming inability of genuine Christians to be offended at what we witnessed. Is the gospel adorned by an openly fornicating couple, forced into church by obligation, led in prayer by resurrection denying-Green Peace-ministers who care more about carbon footprints and unity at the expense of truth than fidelity to the revealed word of God and the gospel? (if you doubt it, google Arch Bishop of Canterbury and Bishop of London)
I wish the ‘royal couple’ well and pray that they will find in their impossible task and the fleeting favor of humanity an occasion to search out the One whom to know by faith, is life eternal and who rules over a kingdom that will never end.
Thankful for King Jesus!
Well said James. Here are two more thoughts.
Tampering with the definition of marriage is a dangerous thing to do for any culture. God means something great in the institution of marriage and same-sex marriage is blasphemous in the face of that intention.
One day, the real and only Prince will return. The Prince of Peace will return for his bride, The Church, and at that wedding feast (Matthew 22:2-9; Rev. 19:7-9) there truly will be rejoicing (an un-ending party) for all those invited to the marriage feast of the Lamb.
- *It disappoint me greatly and grieves my heart to know now that James McDonald himself has brought great shame to the gospel by the abuse of his power and authority as a shepherd of Christ’s church. This post, now 9 years old, and what he wrote then has been muted somewhat by the revelations that in more recent years James has been less than admirable. Pray for him and his family and his church and the movement he started. May God grant him grace and may he be fully restored to Christ and His church. May all who read this be sobered by his story and run to Jesus themselves that we might be made holy and adorn the gospel with righteousness.