Like most of you, I’ve thought a fair bit about marriage over the last decade.
When I went off to school and started developing a more libertarian mindset, I formed the opinion that the state shouldn’t have anything to do with marriage. It should be left up to the church.
Then, attending school in California, I was confronted with Prop 8. Since the state wasn’t leaving marriage alone, how should I vote? I voted Yes on Prop 8 because we are not free to define marriage contrary to God’s Word, but I still wasn’t convinced the state should be involved.
But then I began learning more about reformed theology and history and realized that the reformation took marriage out of the church (where Rome made it a sacrament) and placed it in the hands of the civil authorities. In fact, some colonies went so far as to defrock any minister who attempted to perform a marriage.
I never got around to finishing that study, but thankfully I’ve found a series of posts I can say summarize my current view of the matter:
2 thoughts on “Considering Marriage”
The links to the resources on this page seem to be out of date. Can you post the correct links? I would love to follow up with these resources. Thanks.
Hey Matt, here you go
See also Hodge’s helpful comments here (scroll down to sub-section titled Marriage a Divine Institution) https://www.ccel.org/ccel/hodge/theology3.iii.v.xi.html
With regards to libertarianism and the question of whether civil government may regulate marriage, please see my post A Note on Reformed Libertarianism for my present position, in general. https://contrast2.wordpress.com/2020/06/30/a-note-on-reformed-libertarianism/