Pastor T. Marvene Wright
By Pastor T. Marvene Wright, M.A.
International Churches of Word Center & Affiliates
On June 9, 1977, my life was forever changed as I responded to the minister standing before me. He asked, “Do you promise to love, cherish and obey this man, as long as you both shall live?” And I replied, “I do!”
Marriage is a sacred act ordained by a Holy God who has set the perimeters and qualifications in order. A man is to leave his mother and father and to be united with his wife, and they will become one flesh.
God honors this union. The marriage between a man and a woman is likened to that of the groom, Jesus Christ, and His bride, the Church. There is no higher metaphor to declare God’s intent for the institution of marriage.
“I do,” meant that I was going to follow the Bible and strive to live according to the scriptures that teach about marriage. I was informed from the scriptures that marriage was between a man and a woman. Marriage, a covenant relationship, is intended to be lifelong and sexually exclusive.
To redefine marriage is to cast off the beauty of human love for something trivial and insignificant. Secondly, traditional marriage can be argued from an anthropological perspective. It emerges as a fundamental institution of human interaction throughout the ages of human existence.
“As a Christian, I am informed by the mandates of scripture, church history, reason and experience, which compels one to assert that any marriage other than one with male and female is a transitory aberration of human affection that threatens the sanctity of human relationship. It is a blasphemous challenge to the image of God in humanity” (K. Young). To consider marriage in any other form ushers in a sad period in our time.
“God gave us a very good gift when He created us as sexual beings. Although our view of sexuality and our experiences of it is marred by sin imperfectly expressed, our task is to bring the redemptive light of the Gospel to sex. A sexuality that is joyful, respectful and aligned with the creative intent of God is what I advocate.” (NAE).
In addition to ‘I do,’ I plan to love, cherish and obey my husband of thirty-five years for as long as we both shall live. I believe that human sexuality and sex are good gifts from God given from the beginning of creation.
God created humans with sexual capacity, sexual drives, a mandate for procreation and a longing for physical oneness. After God created humans – male and female in His image – He looked at all He made and pronounced it ‘very good.’
I believe any other way would be a grave deviation from the plan of God.
I really do!