Should The Church Be In The Marrying Business?

I really wish the Church would rethink her role in the marriage business in this country.

(And yes, I chose the word “business” on purpose.)

In light of the June 26 Supreme Court rulings about the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 in California, a few more voices joined the small choir of those who suggest that the civil/contractual nature of a marriage partnership is a different matter than that of a spiritual covenant made between two people in the context of their faith community. (Click here and here to hear from a couple of soloists in the choir of those endorsing some form of this idea.) A number of countries have civil marriage on their books.

Fewer weddings each year are performed by the couple’s pastor – or any pastor. [Read more]

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