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Location: Huaraz, Ancash, Peru

Having mastered the University of Montana's IYFD program, I journeyed to Peru with the US Peace Corps. Currently, I'm discovering Peru while living in the gorgeous Andes mountains in beautiful Ancash. Come visit!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Just Re-Married!

"Do you now know brethren - for I am speaking to those who know the law - that the law is binding on a person only during his life? Thus a married woman is bound by law to her husband as long as he lives; but if her husband dies she is discharged from the law concerning the husband. Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.

Likewise, my brethren, you have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God" (Romans 7:1-4, RSV).

Normally, when I read this passage in Romans, I focus on the subject of a widowed person and God's gracious freedom for that person to remarry. Today something new jumped out at me. I was struck by the last verse (4). The truth is we have died to the law which means that we are free to marry another, and that other should be Christ. I feel like sometimes I marry the world. I marry the ideas and thoughts of those that I am around the most. If I am totally submerged in the world and what it offers, I get married to the ideas that I encounter. But this passage is a reminder that my life in the world is dead. I can remarry. And the most profitable marriage would be to him who was raised from the dead - Jesus. Why? So that fruit can be produced for God's glory.

I propose (get it) that we have a second ceremony declaring our love for our new husband. For our old "love" has died, and Prince Charming (in the flesh/spirit/soul) has come along.