The sitcom Married with Children mocked the biblical concept of love and marriage. However, as Christian couples in America began to live hypocritical lives, often resulting in divorce, I guess you can say Hollywood had plenty of material to work with. Nonetheless, for ten seasons Al Bundy portrayed a new form of love and marriage, laughing at the struggles an average family endures on a weekly basis.
“Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother, Mark 12:19.
During another week in history, “Let’s See if We can Fool Jesus This Time,” also known as Passion Week, the Sadduceees refer to still other aspect of love and marriage. Referencing Jewish Law found in the Torah, a religious leader tries to play Trivia Pursuit with Jesus. Before the answer to his question is provided, it is clear he was no match for the King of Kings and Lord of lords.
Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven, Mark 12:24-25.
Love prior to entering any relationship is tough enough on its own. However, when you add marriage to this equation, the complication is magnified. The apostle Paul chose to remain single, not wanting this distraction in his life. Yet for those who are stuck as Al Bundy often eluded to his own marriage, a different form of love is required, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Therefore, pray for the fruits of the Holy Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23 so that the love you display may have an eternal impact.
by Jay Mankus