So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. (Matt. 19:6)
Expanded Passage: Matthew 19:5–6
In The Lego Movie, there’s a villain by the name of Lord Business. He represents the father of a child who loves building creative objects with LEGO blocks. The dad, who purchased the LEGO sets, doesn’t believe they should be used to make anything other than what the instructions dictate. He’s so committed to making sure the LEGO sets stay pristine that he superglues all the blocks together, so they can never be dismantled.
Of course, this feels oppressive to the child. The initial instructions for the set should be a guideline, but not a limitation on what a child can create. Kids should be able to build, disassemble, and rebuild with their blocks as they see fit. If they built it, they should be able to unbuild it, right?
What’s true for LEGO is not true for marriage. The reason is this: We didn’t assemble our marriages, God did. When God joins two people together in marriage, God’s intent is for them to remain that way for as long as they both shall live. Sometimes it’s strange to think that we are not the originators of our own marriages—God is the author, sustainer, defender, and supernatural superglue in our unions. Anyone, or anything, that seeks to dismantle a marriage isn’t only dishonoring the marriage and the spouses in it, they are challenging God’s will and character as well.
Remember: the God who joined you is committed to keeping you together.
Steve Norman is a Wesleyan pastor, speaker, and author. He lives in West Michigan and serves the Great Lakes Region of The Wesleyan Church.
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