Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted
from the camel. She said to the servant, “Who is that man walking in the
field to meet us?” And the servant said, “He is my master.” Then she
took her veil and covered herself. (Genesis 24:64, 65)
The June wedding rush is over and December's secondary wave is still a
few months off. So in the peace and quiet of August, here's a modest
When you officiate at a wedding, be Biblical and tell
each bride and groom that you require the bride to submit to God, His
Word, and His Creation Order by vowing to obey her husband--just as everyone requires the husband to vow to love his wife.
to the couple that this has been the habit for a thousand years of
Christian wedding liturgies; that it can be traced all the way back to
Rebekah alighting from her mount and veiling herself when she approached
Isaac, out in the fields; and that the modern repudiation of womanly
submission is rebellion against God.
Inform each couple that your
ordination vows prohibit complicity in rebellion against God's Word in
any way, and therefore you must lead wedding ceremonies within the
straight and narrow path God has ordained. So if you are to officiate at
their giving and receiving of vows, those vows will include an explicit
vow by the bride to obey her husband, and an explicit vow by the groom
to love his wife.
And if you're not a pastor, what then?