The Sweet Christian Bride

The Royal Wedding and Authenticity of Faith

by admin on May 2, 2011 in Faith, Purity, Sermon with 54 Comments

Having not yet seen the Royal Wedding myself, I read a blog from a respected Christian and friend of mine, Brian Kiley, which lamented the duplicity of those who do not live as Christians should live and yet who claim the sanctity of Christian covenants and traditions in their weddings.  To read more of Brian’s critique, click here.

That same morning, I had read a glowing review of the service, particularly of the Bishop’s sermon, from another Christian, Gail Hyatt.   

It intrigued me to consider such opposing views of the same service.  I think both are right. 

As Brian says, we should be grieved over people who claim to be Christian in show only and yet in their hearts and in their private lives do not live chastely, obediently, or joyfully in God’s will.  We should be grieved over “Sunday Christians,” over “Christmas and Easter Christians,” over “convenient-doctrine” Christians, and over our family and friends who claim to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and yet show no fruit in their lives that support their claim.

And as Gail says, this sermon is one that should be meditated on.  Great good can come from the words that were preached at this royal wedding.  God can use this holy service, whatever extent to which it was sincere or for show, to begin a foundation for Christ in Prince William and Catherine’s marriage.  God can also use His presence at the service to minister to the millions who were watching.  We should not underestimate God’s redemptive purposes even in acts that cause us grief.

As this relates to your own wedding, there is no hiding the fact that some will be moved by the Spirit of Christ in your relationship and wedding, and others will be offended.  This is the nature of Truth being a fragrance to some and an odor to others.  Your job is to be faithful and true to your Lord and Savior.  If you are living in sin while preaching purity and righteousness in your lives, you are doing a disservice to the Kingdom and you need to repent immediately.  If you are living above reproach for the glory of the Lord, then you can stand confidently before your guests and your God as testimony of His grace and goodness in your lives.

One of my all-time favorite literaty characters is Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird because he was known for being the same man inside his house as he was outside his house.  There aren’t too many protagonists these days who are models of integrity, but when we see one, it rings hope to our hearts that living with integrity, love, and faithfulness is worth the struggle.

As your pastor gives the wedding homily, let him or her share examples from your relationship with your groom about how God is working in your lives and about how you are faithful to let Him work.  You can also do this yourselves by sharing pieces of your story in your programs or on your wedding website.  Or if you have people stepping up for readings, why not include people who step up to share wisdom from their personal experience on how to keep Christ the center of your marriage?  One of my friends and her husband even announced at their wedding that they had remained sexually pure throughout their dating relationship. 

Whatever you decide is appropriate for you, have courage to show the authenticity of your faith in your wedding ceremony.  For those who might never hear Christ’s love preached again, give them a tangible demonstration of that by the very example of your faith and of your relationship with your groom. 

We need more Christians to live out the heart of the Gospel.  Otherwise God will be known for the outspoken extremists or the culturally-washed church-goers rather than for the authentic disciples of our radically loving Christ.

By Lindsay

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