Last week I posted an article entitled: ‘The Shadow of Sex & Marriage, The Future of My Marriage, & A New Reality‘. There was a lot of buzz leading up to that article for a variety of reasons. A few folks told me that I should have went into marketing:)
To be completely honest, I was expecting a lot of misunderstanding in regards to last week’s post. I assumed that my words would be twisted and misconstrued to say something that I was clearly not saying. To my knowledge, this has not occurred. The response to last week’s article has been overwhelmingly positive. There has been one criticism of last week’s post, however, that I would like to address.
Why All The Hype
I have heard from several people that told me they fully agreed with what I shared, but they couldn’t understand why there was so much ‘hype’ surrounding the post. They told me what I shared was pretty straight forward from scripture. They were not sure why anyone would object.
While I appreciate their encouragement, the more that I thought about it, the more I realized something was getting lost in translation. We humans have a tendency to read things (including scripture) through the lens of our own experience and preconceived belief systems.
Some (not all) people who read and agreed with last week’s post made a partial assumption about what I was communicating. They assumed I was speaking about a future heavenly age in which marriage would be transcended for a higher love altogether. They correctly understood that, in this future age, the way we will relate to one another will be quite different.
While that is exactly what I was saying, that is certainly NOT all that I was saying. The most controversial part of the article was the assertion that the future heavenly age that I described has broken into the present!
I truly wish this was more widely grasped and accepted, but unfortunately, it is not. Most everything emphasized in evangelical culture regarding marriage & relationships is still rooted in Old Covenant thinking, not New.
Seeing and relating to others ‘In Christ’ is to see and relate with others from an entirely different realm that transcends the fleshly distinctions of gender, race, economic status, etc…(Gal. 3:28). Truly knowing this will radically affect the way we relate to one another. Understanding that the marriage relationship is only temporary, not eternal, will allow our identities to shift from the temporary to the eternal. While this can seem unnerving at first, it is actually glorious.
When our identities shift from the temporary to the eternal, the relational hierarchical walls that have naturally existed that keep us separated from one another will disappear. The tremendous love of God for His people is a tangible reality, not an abstract concept. This tangible love breaks into real space and time through our brothers and sisters through relationship and interaction. This is essential to life in Christ among a group of people. The New Testament ekklesia (church) is literally a picture of a future age breaking into the present.
Groups of people who live by Christ’s divine indwelling life from a future heavenly realm are rare. They might be the rarest entity on the earth. This is why I know what I communicated in last week’s article is not widely grasped and accepted. I hope that makes sense.
A Face Lift
On another note, you may have noticed that this blog has received a bit of a face life. There have been some small design and functional changes made to the site. Have you noticed? I’d like to invite you to take a look at the site and notice some of the new features added and design changes made. I’d value your honest feedback about the site. Please feel free to share what you liked, what you didn’t like, and suggestions that you may have to make the site better. Your insight is valuable.