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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Royal Weaving: The First Institution

Jokes regarding tawdry fashion aside, the Royal Wedding as a cultural event touches something in those of us who believe in traditions and institutions.

Hardly a monarchist in any meaningful way, even I can appreciate the elements of the Wedding of the Year that once made Britain great. It isn't the monarchy per se... but the institutions on which the nation was built.

That wedding on Friday night exemplified all too well the loss of a bygone era in light of cultural relativism and political correctness. Nothing affirms age the importance of institutions more, in my opinion, than a wedding.
Certainly, grand weddings are no guarantee of marital success but when a society celebrates publicly the coming together of a man and a woman to form a family unit, it declares that marriage and family has value and priority in a culture. Children are also valued in such a culture because we insist that mum and dad firm up their commitment to one another to protect their children's long-term interests.

Sadly though, in a day and age, where many are deliberate about flouting convention, a wedding complete with frills, pomp and ceremony is fast becoming a quaint gesture.

Marriage should be celebrated, not just because so many are opting out or that we want to glorify marriage for marriage sake. Marriage is God's idea for humanity so it's universal and it functions, like it or not, as a thermostat for the health of a society.

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