This Word file outline considers a few of the vows we typically make at our physical weddings, and compares them to implied vows we make to our spiritual Husband, Jesus Christ, in becoming His bride. The vows, and the comparisons of them to our "marriage" to Christ, reveal why we often fail in both of these relationships.
On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a 5-4 ruling that same-sex couples have a right to marry nationwide, in an historic decision that effectively invalidates bans on same-sex marriages in more than a dozen states. Homosexual couples could already legally marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s decision means that the remaining 14 states, mostly in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriages, or be forced to deal with the federal government over the issue.
This Word file outline seeks to answer the following questions regarding the decision: Why did this happen? How did this happen? How have Christians responded poorly to the decision? How should Christians respond to the decision?
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to grow weeds and other worthless or undesirable plants? Basically, just do nothing more than refuse to pull them up, chop them off, or poison them, and you’ll have a fantastic crop in no time at all without any cultivating, watering, fertilizing, or real effort. Just leave them alone and they’ll take care of the rest! But by contrast, seemingly the most desirable plants- whether flower, fruit, vegetable, or even grass, are often the most difficult to grow. They require proper soil tilling and preparation, careful planting, optimum amounts of water, nutrients, and sunshine, and freedom from the competition of or destruction by the undesirables (weeds as well as insect and animal pests). And, these things must be done over a sometimes-lengthy period of time just to grow the desirable plants to maturity and productivity. Here, yet again, the spiritual mirrors the physical…
The words are easily recognizable, and equally understandable- but are they the truth? With these and other words, we promise undying love, endless devotion, and unquestionable loyalty and faithfulness “until death parts us,” and then divorce the mate with whom we stood before God, family, and friends to promise these things. Why?