Saturday, December 12, 2009

Wedding Vows

Tonight I had the privilege of helping officiate the wedding ceremony of my nephew, Carl, and his beautiful new bride, Kristin. As part of the service, I read the following statement. It's something I use to begin every wedding service I officiate. It is shared here for your edification and consideration. And by the way, congratulations Carl and Kristin. Uncle Mike loves you!

Carl, Kristin, I want to remind you that the vows you are about to take are sacred. They are spoken to each other in the presence of these witnesses and they are spoken to the Lord God Almighty and witnessed by the angels of heaven. Therefore they are not to be taken lightly or flippantly.

The recitation of these vows will bring you into a life-long covenant partnership with one another and with your Creator. With very few Biblical exceptions, these vows will bring you into a covenant relationship with the God of the Universe…a covenant that can only be broken by death itself.

Unfortunately we live in a culture, even the church culture that devalues and minimizes the sacred nature of this commitment. By stark contrast, the Holy Spirit through the wise hand of King Solomon gives a sobering warning in Ecclesiastes 5. Listen carefully to the infallible word of the Living God.

“Do not be hasty with your mouth…to say just anything in the presence of God. Whenever you make a vow before God, do not delay in fulfilling it. God takes no pleasure in a fool so keep your vow. It is better not to make a vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the temple minister saying, “My vow was a mistake!” Why should God be angry with what you have said and destroy the work of your hands? Because many people’s dreams and words are meaningless, stand, therefore, in awe of God.”


According to the Bible, it would be far better for the two of you to call off this ceremony, even at this late point, than to desecrate God’s altar, blaspheme God’s name, and anger God’s Spirit by making a vow you do not commit to keep.

If you understand the solemn, serious, and sacred nature of these vows and you wish to proceed, I’ll ask you to signify such by joining me and Pastor Brett on this platform.