Holy Matrimony

 I’m sure many of you have seen this recent clip on YouTube: JK Wedding Dance.  For the record – I love it.  Absolutely love it.  Check it out.

 

Now, I’ve heard a bit of tsking about it, even witnessed some finger-wagging.  Some have said, “A wedding is supposed to be a holy event!”  My response is…are you kidding me? 

I guess it depends on what your definiton of holy is.  In short, holy means being set apart, distinct, special.  In many biblical contexts it carries the idea of moral purity.  I can’t seem to find anything unholy about it.

Sure, if one’s definition of holy means somber, stoic, puritanical, or victorian, you might have something.  Besides a good definition. 

Tony Campolo wrote the book, “The Kingdom of God is a Party.”  I’ve no idea what’s in the book…but I like the title.  For me, there is no better expression of the kingdom, than a lively wedding.  I wonder how much dancing there was at the wedding Jesus attended?  Perhaps a wedding is more a gleeful gala than a mournful march towards imminent death (granted, some have felt that way).

I showed it to my daughters.  I told them, “If you ever want to do your wedding this way, you have daddy’s complete support.”  That’s still a decade away, but I hope I planted a seed in their subconscious minds so I can live vicariously through their future wedding experience!  I’ll even help choreograph it…

Sappy as it sounds, I actually teared up the first couple of times I saw the video.  Call me sentimental, but I can’t help but imagine what the last great wedding procession will look like.  It’s the wedding between Christ and his bride, the church.  There seems to be a whole lot of rejoicing going on.

Revelation 19:6-9 (NIV)

6Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
“Hallelujah!
For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
7Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.
8Fine linen, bright and clean,
was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)

9Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

 

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