Wednesday, February 22, 2012
This morning in a conversation regarding marriage, church, state, etc, the question was asked, "should all marriage be returned to the church as a purely religious ceremony?" The state could simply merit and classify (what once was a state-sponsored marriage) as a civil union; continuing to allocate and collect taxes, provide benefits, etc.
It's an interesting concept...when did the state become invested in a sacrament?
Of course, we could go the other way, and collect our communion wafers and wine from the DMV or courthouse. We wouldn't dare blur those lines. It's a sacrament that the state has no business in.
Or perhaps we (the church) take one seriously, and one for granted...