I have the time honored privilege to perform weddings for my close friends. I love it!! I love being a part of the wedding celebration when a groom sees his bride for the first time, and they commit their lives to one another 'till death do them part.'
But working with teenagers, I often get some crazy questions about marriage and what happens to marriage after death.
Cruising through Matthew this morning, Jesus kind of explains it in verse 23-32,
"That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. "Teacher,"
they said, "Moses told us that if a man dies without having children,
his brother must marry the widow and have children for him. 25Now
there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and
since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. Finally, the woman died. Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?"
Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'? He is not the God of the dead but of the living."
Now for those of you who are paying close attention to theology, this is precisely the reason there are some differences in the Mormon Church, and the main line Protestant denominations. The Church of Later Day Saints believes in eternal marriage and celestial population of planets upon death; and this is in direct violation of what Jesus claimed is the purpose of marriage.
But let's not camp out on this point.
For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) So even as your Mormon friends get caught up on the details of marriage after death, remember; it's God's will that all should come to know him. We need to make sure that the truth of Jesus' word is sharp as a two edged sword, but gentle as a dove.
If they choose to believe in a doctrine that opposes the one Jesus preaches, just remember it's ok.
It's their life.
They get to choose whether or not to believe in Jesus or not.
Don't stress out about it.
Don't try to argue your way to change their mind. Arguing never leads someone to salvation.
Don't try to strong arm them to believe like you do. Violence never leads someone to love.
Let's just continue to love, continue to pray, and leave the rightness up to God.
He'll take care of it in the end.
We can present our ideas, and the justification of our ideas (mainly the Bible), and allow them to do the same. It's Evangelism 101, respecting others for what they believe, not allowing them to compromise the truth, but love them in spite of the outcome.
May we love people today that think differently than we do.
May we show God's love to all in our sphere of influence.
May we walk our faith in the midst of our daily world.
May we love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and our neighbor as ourself.