Besides where to look and where not to look in Vegas, I’ve learned something about weddings and their value. Now, somehow, Sin City – with its ‘what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’ advertising is the wedding capital of the world. Really, the two don’t go hand-in-hand, but Vegas has tried.
Las Vegas, Nevada is one of the easiest places there is to get married; all it takes is an easily purchased wedding license. From there you can have your pick of what type of wedding you want – an elegant one at the Bellagio, or how about one with an Elvis impersonating preacher. You can get married while skydiving, or be really efficient and have a drive-through ceremony. The amount of options is ridiculous, but some of the options verge on blasphemous.
“Blasphemous?” You might ask, “What does it blaspheme?” Well that just leads to an argument that I’ve heard before. “Marriage isn’t a ‘holy union’, atheists get married too.” Ok, let me address that thought. Yes, even though atheists get married, that does not automatically make it an ‘unholy’ union. God created marriage in the very beginning of time. It is His design.
“Also the Lord God said, it is not good that man should be himself alone. I will make him a helpmeet for him.” (Genesis 2:18)
“Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. Let no man put asunder that which God hath coupled together.” (Emphasis added)
And in Corinthians it says
“And unto the married I command, not I but the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 7:16 – Emphasis added)
By the above verses we see that marriage was not only ordained by God, but it is also important to Him. Why?
That answer is found in numerous verses in the New Testament, but it is especially clear in Ephesians:
“For the husband is the wife’s head, even as Christ is the head of the Church and the same is the Savior of his body.
Therefore as the Church is in subjection to Christ, even so let the wives be to their husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church, and gave himself for it. That he might sanctify it and cleanse it by the washing of water through the word. That he might make unto himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing: but that it should by holy and without blame.
So ought men to love their wives, as their own bodies: he that loveth his wife, loveth himself.
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh, but nourished and cherisheth it, even as the Lord doth the Church.
For we are members of His body, of Hid flesh, and of His bones.
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they twian shall be one flesh.
This is a great secret, but I speak concerning Christ, and concerning the Church.”
Our marriages here on earth are to be symbolic of Christ and the Church (His Bride). It is wrong for us to take something so grave and sacred and treat it so lightly. Those verses also show why taking marriage lightly is blasphemous.
In Las Vegas, one sees many brides. I saw one as my family and I were headed back to our room, dressed in her gown, sucking on a cigarette, not only did it look awful, but she wasn’t representing Christ’s bride by being the picture of purity that a bride should be.
Another time in Vegas, as we were leaving a hotel, we passed a wedding party all dressed and ready for what should have been the ‘big moment’, but it was obvious that something was wrong.
“Fine, then I’m done!” the groom threw up his arms and stormed out of the hotel. What if Christ had done that to His Church? What if, after saying that he would honor and protect her, He marched out the door, leaving the Church behind with all of the world watching.
Neither of my examples were representing Christ’s relationship with the Church, neither of them were thinking about it and if you had told them they wouldn’t have cared.
People have intentionally tried to destroy marriage by trying to keep it from being holy. Vegas has done this. Vegas is of the world, it is the world, and the world wants to destroy the wedding. So really, it being Sin City and being the wedding capital of the world, do go hand-in-hand….for them.
We, as Christians need to care, we must not follow the example the world sets, but rather we must follow the example Christ set with His Bride.