Thursday, January 13, 2011
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 (NIV Bible)
This design was actually done as part of my Christian greeting card series and the card is titled, “Wedding Wishes.” I have two friends getting married this month, Tony and Laura, and this article is dedicated to them and their life together. The design has wedding bells, the rings, and most importantly the cross. Marriage is between a man and a woman and Jesus is most importantly the defining partner in this union.
It is written in Luke 19:4-6, “Haven’t you read,” he (Jesus) replied, “that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to is wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” A marriage is a partnership. In my opinion the marriage, hence the family, is the very foundation of our society. As Christians we must do all we can to protect the sanctity of marriage and the family.
A friend once told me the secret to success in marriage was two words. “Yes Dear.” Now I know this is meant to be funny. However, marriage is all about working together, sharing plans and dreams. It is all about a partnership. People who start out a marriage with “his” money/bank account and “her” money/bank account are starting out on the wrong premise. It should be one bank account; one checkbook. And, I have always believed property should be held jointly. (However, I must admit my wife has been the sole owner of our houses since I worked in human resources...)
I acknowledge that events happen in life that impact marriages. I am not judging anyone. As Christians it is our responsibility to do our best to be a role model and when people close to us have problems, to help them as caring servants of the Lord. And many times the best way to help is to pray, for and with those close to you. And, as husband and wife in a marriage, read the Bible together; go to church together; go to small group together; pray together; and love and trust each other totally.