It’s very easy to become worried or even angry about all the attacks on traditional marriage. Unfortunately, all the worrying and anger in the world won’t help matters. This is like “cursing the darkness.” BETTER is to bring a light into the darkness. In terms of marriage, what would really be worthwhile would be to show people the value of living out marriages the way God intended them to be. God certainly has some clear direction on how to have a great marriage that will last. Eph. 5:31 is a great place to start.
I’ve been praying about what I can do to bring some light to the darkness surrounding marriages today. One idea keeps coming back to me. I want to offer a FREE WEDDING to any couple that’s willing to follow God’s plan for marriage. Specifically, if a man and a woman are willing to attend a “Marriage in God’s Way” seminar with Heather and me, take an online inventory through ZOE Score, go through at least 3 counseling sessions with me, attend worship, show sincere repentance of past sin, receive forgiveness in Christ and commit to living out their marriage in God’s way … then I’ll provide all my services, the counseling material and the church building for their wedding for FREE. Certainly, there is a concern about whether the couple will be sincere in their repentance and commitment to following God’s will, but I’m thinking it might be worth the risk if it gives me the opportunity to spend that much time teaching them God’s Word through which the Holy Spirit WILL work.
I started with seeking some legal counsel to make sure I cover all the bases in that regard. I’ve also been sharing this idea with several people in my congregation lately. They’re all very excited and some are offering to do their part to add more FREE components to the package … music, flowers, dresses, coordinating, food service, etc. None of this is formal yet, but the idea seems to be getting a lot of good Christians excited about a way we can DO SOMETHING to help marriages rather than just sit around and “curse the darkness.”
A huge affirmation came this week. I shared the idea with several friends this past Wednesday morning. They were excited and agreed to pray about it. Later that afternoon I met with a young, single mom about baptizing her new baby. She mentioned that she and the baby’s father would like to get married and get their life in order with God’s will, but they can’t afford it. When I asked her if she’d be interested in a FREE wedding at church, she BEAMED with excitement and exclaimed, “REALLY?! That would be AWESOME! I can’t wait to tell me boyfriend!”
I’m curious what YOU think of the idea? Do you like it? Could it work in your context? What could make it even better? Share your thoughts! Together, I firmly believe we can shine a brilliant light into the darkness!