The Story: “When God isn’t on the Guest List” by Emanuella Grinberg writing for cnn.com
As secularism continues to rise in the United States, more couples like the Longs are deviating from a traditional wedding blueprint that includes prayers, blessings and biblical passages.
“A secular wedding can be exactly like a religious wedding with two key differences: no mention of any deities and no recitation of supposedly sacred texts,” said David G. McAfee, author of “Mom, Dad, I’m an Atheist: The Guide to Coming Out as a Non-Believer and Disproving Christianity and other Secular Writings.”
“Many secular weddings have vows, flowers, rings, a reception, a kiss at the end,” he continued. “Although most religions have incorporated marriage rules and ceremonies into their faiths, the act of marriage itself is not a religious one; it’s a human one.”
Why it matters: Much has been written on this site as well as others about the evolution of marriage in the modern culture. The attack on marriage is truly multifaceted. While we often focus on the slow proliferation and redefinition of marriage by those in the homosexual community, it is important to remember that heterosexual marriage is also in danger. Heterosexual marriage is a divine institution, created by God as part of his image in man; the joining of man and woman in covenant love under God, reflecting His grace and imaging His nature. But as secularism is on the increases so to is the increase in those who view marriage as a mere human institution devoid of any divine significance. While we must pray and advocate for traditional heterosexual marriage, we must also not lose sight of the true definition of marriage as something more than merely human.
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