Weddings are to be more than elaborate, bank-breaking, cultural events. For Christian believers, weddings are to be a public witness and commitment of a man and a woman to a life-long, covenantal relationship with God (Malachi 2:14-15 MSG).
Ultimately, weddings are to serve us as an earthly expression of the Bride of Christ and our Heavenly Bridegroom (Revelation 19:5-9 MSG). Because it is a serious matter, the minister warns, “What God has joined together, let no one separate.”
The prophet Malachi taught the importance of marital faithfulness and its relationship to “godly offspring” (2:15 LTB). Because of its negative effect on families, he declared that God hates divorce (2:16 LTB). These are harsh words, but divorce harshly affects not just the husband and wife, but any children who may come from the relationship, as well the extended families—for generations!
In this “post-Christian” era, we must do all we can to re-establish a biblical “culture of marriage” which will encourage, celebrate and protect marriages, along with the generations which follow after them.