I was having a conversation last night about marriage in which I made the claim that there is no such thing as a secular marriage. Here’s my explanation –
The marriage relationship is the shadow of the ultimate marriage of Christ and his bride, the church. At its very essence marriage is about God and it brings into being a relationship which is a reflection of his love for his bride.
Even a marriage (including civil unions) between people who deny God take this relationship and mimic it (albeit with distortions). They may deny that marriage as an institution is rooted in who God is, but their denial doesn’t make it any less factual.
There is no marriage that is nothing to do with God, because without God, marriage does not exist.
Am I wrong??