Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Wedding

Yesterday, 29 Sep 2009 was the much-hyped wedding day of Fann Wong and Christopher Lee (for overseas readers: they are sort of like our local equivalent of Angelina Joile and Brad Pitt). If you (ie. fellow Singaporeans) don't know who or what I am talking about, where have you been? For the past few weeks, the local media have been carrying regular reports of their wedding preparations. A press conference was also held to introduce a set of jewellery which Fann Wong designed, for her jewellery sponsor, and would be wearing on her wedding day. The couple's boss, Mediacorp TV are also cashing in on their big day - producing a tv special and even setting up an official website to serve up every little juicy detail to whet every fan's appetite.

I guess, from the viewpoint of a woman, this must be the dream wedding that every bride wants - bridalshoot in the Maldives, two bridal gowns - a Vera Wang plus a Bollywood-inspired bejewelled gown specially designed by Bally (worth $300,000), sponsored self-designed jewellery worth about $2.5 million, tv special, official website, celebrity guests for 90-table wedding banquet, not to mention a handsome bridegroom suited in Ermenegildo Zegna .....

However, I can't help wondering, after such a fairy-tale wedding, if the couple are prepared for the reality of marriage, the nitty-gritty of trying to live happily ever after together. When the going gets tough, is this dream wedding day going to be enough to keep them together or is there another bond which binds them together no matter what?

You know, it is the same with being a Christian. 2 Cor 11:2 says that the church is the bride of Christ, and I wonder how many Christians, who after the initial euphoria and bliss of the wedding ie. receiving Christ as their Lord and Saviour, are now finding "married" life a drag? They find that the gospel isn't really the Good News that the evangelist or preacher has hyped it up to be. They find out later from the preacher that they have to obey many rules in order to please the husband and continue to be in his good books. This is what many preachers are doing in church today, poisoning our marriage with Christ with erroneous teaching that push us to try to earn Christ's love when He already loves us while we were still not married to Him.

Are you living happily ever after with Christ? Do you want to? Find out how from preachers like Pastor Joseph Prince, Joel Osteen, Peter Youngren who preach to you the unadulterated grace of God just like the apostle Paul did.

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