When I worked at the newspaper, a few people labeled me as The Closer. Because mistakes or not, there always came a point in time where we just had to shut it down or put that puppy (the edition) to bed. Now that I’m on the Centaur Cleaning Crew, I have the honor and privilege to temporary close off break rooms and bathrooms for cleaning. Believe you me, I take great pride in pulling the caution, closed for cleaning band. This cleaning job also allows me to place an out-of-order sign on floors as I clean them. So yes, last week I was privilege to place many out-of-order signs on floors in the heart of Tennessee. And, just the other day, while performing this very task I wondered if our heavenly Father has hung an out-of-order sign over the land of the free and the home of the brave. Yes, last week while moping floors I wondered if our Father which art in heaven had placed an Out of Order sign over The United States of America.
These days we the people are concerned about all the wrong things. We instruct our youth to put their education, status, and career choices before marriage, when the word of God clearly states it is better to marry than burn.
But, I also believe God is calling many folks, family and friends into the ministry of marriage. And, I believe God is doing this by asking a whole generation of young folks to tie the knot. And tie the knot early,might I add. I first noticed this unknown trend (of course), when my daughter married her High School Sweetheart on her eighteenth birthday. Now, another beautiful young woman, I held as an infant has decided with her beau to blaze the marriage trail at the youthful age of eighteen. The only way to be blessed and rejoice with the love of your youth later in life is to marry and stay married to the love of thy youth in thy youth.
Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth.
Also, I believe, the answer to premarital sex is marital sex.
I love it when the answer to a problem is within the problem itself. Don’t you?
The word of God says in Ecclesiastes three …
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Have you ever noticed God heals that which is broke with the very same but somehow different thing that broke it? If a friend hurts you, He will send a different friend to help heal you. Or did you not notice how many times the word time is used in Ecclesiastes three. I counted at least thirty times (I think).
Today, might we focus on a time to break down, and a time to build up.
If the sanctity of marriage is to be built up, some folks, family and friends, yes young folks, family and friends must marry. And I believe our Father is using generations of people to do just that. I believe He is creating order with the order He created … marriage. And, He just might ask your daughter and or son into the ministry of marriage.
While supporting my daughter’s under aged decision to marry, we discovered, in the state of Tennessee, it is super easy to marry if the under aged bride is pregnant! This is likely the law of the land. Yes, one gets all kinds of state support if pregnant and unmarried. I should know!
But, where is the support for God-Ordered marriage in the Church.
We know, from our worldly out-of-order symptoms same-sex marriage is supported by the world.
Who will support the youth God calls into the ministry of marriage?
Who will mentor the ministry of marriage?
I believe our Father in heaven has placed an Out of Order Sign over The land of the free and the home of the brave. But I also believe our Father in heaven would love to remove the out-of-order sign to reveal the hope found in the one who creates order out of the order He created.
A time to build up God-Ordered marriage.
The doorway is almost cleared when I release the closed for cleaning band from the door frame and allow it to simply pop right back in place. The next step is to pick up and move the out-of-order sign. And finally we get to step back and reveal the fresh and clean rooms in the heart of Tennessee.