Sometimes I get really frustrated with people talking about the biblical definition of marriage. Nowhere does the bible define marriage in anything like what we might consider a modern understanding.
In acknowledgment of that, and in celebration of this week’s steps forward for the glbt community, I began tweeting reasons why my marriage does not look like some of the marriages portrayed in the Bible, and a few others on Twitter and Facebook joined me. Those who aren’t tweeps, however, asked for a listing, so here it is. Join the fun if you wish!
#mymarriageisnotbiblical because my husband doesn’t get to sleep with the maid just because we’re struggling with infertility.
#mymarriageisnotbiblical because my husband didn’t marry me just so he could get to marry my kid sister later.
#mymarriageisnotbiblical because I’m not one of 300 wives…
#mymarriageisnotbiblical because I didn’t get married simply to avoid burning with lust.
#mymarriageisnotbiblical because I didn’t trick my partner into marrying me by uncovering his “feet” while he was sleeping.
others joined me:
@matthewlkelley #mymarriageisnotbiblical because i asked her instead of negotiating a bride price with her father
@BostonObserver #mymarriageisnotbiblical because the Old Testament pre-trib laws apply to Ancient Hebrews and I am not an Ancient Hebrew.
@pastorkatherine #mymarriageisnotbiblical because I am SO done being fruitful and multiplying!
@JackMcCullough Two words: no concubines. #mymarriageisnotbiblical
Carolyn F My marriage is not biblical because there is no head of household in this house.
Hannah W My marriage is not biblical because I would never ask my husband to kick a child out of the house because I’m jealous.
Kris G our marriage is not biblical because a Christian and a Jew are married and under one roof.
Megan S #mymarriageisnotbiblical because my husband is not the spiritual head of the household.
Tom S My marriage is not biblical because when I die, my wife has no intentions of marrying my brother.
Hannah W Ours is not a biblical marriage because my husband didn’t have to work for my father for 7 years to earn the right to marry me. And he’s not my cousin.
Tom S My marriage is not biblical because my wife won’t let me have any concubines, not even one!
Evie D my marriage is not biblical because I chose my husband! And should I outlive him, I have no intention of marrying any of his brothers!