Our latest addition to the BJS Board of Directors is laymen Mike Kronemann. He runs his own corporate display company (auto shows) and is an elder at Bethany Lutheran Church, Naperville, Illinois. He has written the following provacative article for BJS.
Has State Run Marriage Run Its Course?
Why is our church still participating in the state run programs of marriage when they are so intent on destroying marriage as defined by God as between a man and a woman? What is the benefit of having a state marriage license for brothers and sisters in Christ? There are no rules with this marriage license on how to live your life whereas the church steps in and sets God’s rules for marriage.
Let’s look at the benefits if we administer marriage through the church rather than through the state. We’ll take the state side first. They charge you a fee for the marriage license. They give you a tax break, and then if something goes wrong in the marriage, others (legal system and lawyers) profit off the loss.
Now let’s look at the benefits if the church administered marriage, the sanctity of marriage would be preserved. We could establish rules for the dissolution of marriage with pre-nuptial agreements. By having this in place before the marriage is entered into, we would take away the profit motive from those not directly involved in the marriage.
We’ve talked and sent letters to the politicians and they ignored us and they believe we have no other choice but to accept what they give us. But I say, if we step away from their perverse system that they are proposing, or have already implemented, we will be far better off. The only question is: Are we as brave as Martin was when he posted his 95 Theses at that time in conflict with church and state issues?
What I propose is we should set a date of January 2, 2014, when we want the state to protect the sanctity of Holy Marriage. We need to post in a major national newspaper that if the state doesn’t define a marriage as only being between a man and a woman, we will have no recourse but to withdraw from their system and ask other churches to do the same. The point of pressure that will be placed on the politicians will be changed then when they realize that the lawyers won’t be making money off of divorce anymore. The gay activists are pushing money to the politicians. Just think how many free lawyers you will have pushing for marriage to be that only between a man and a woman.
Time is running out on marriage staying defined as something the church can still support as a state run program. Martin took action when he saw corruption and unbiblical actions occurring in the church/state in his time. Since the state has or is attempting to take over the role of the church’s definition of marriage, we will have to insist that they protect the sanctity of marriage as only being between a man and a woman if they want church support.
Yours in Christ,