When Leah and I got married, it was snowing…in MAY! It was 73 the day before and would have been perfect for an outdoor ceremony. As it was, we were forced indoors. The wedding still went beautifully (and we were the real prize for each other anyway, so how things went wasn’t as important so long as we were married by the end). My biggest regret is that we totally missed the chance to have the DJ play “White Wedding” by Billy Idol. What a golden opportunity wasted. (btw, my apologies for the ear worm if this gets stuck in your head.)
What made the wedding extra special, though, was knowing we had waited for each other. Her father got to walk her down the aisle knowing that she was as pure as her white dress.
The Bible tells us that we are the bride of Christ. This is probably not a marriage of the sort we know on earth, but an unbreakable union that we are going to have with Christ.
The problem is that we are, to put it nicely, unfaithful. We go after all sorts of other things to make us happy and give our time, energy, and devotion to these things. We put them in God’s rightful place and worship them. Anything that you value more than God is an idol. There are some literal idols, but most are things like success at work, sex, or money. We forsake our future husband and go after these things to complete us instead.
Imagine, for those of you who are married, that your spouse said, “Honey, I’m going to go cheat on you today. See you tonight! Oh, by the way, what are you thinking for dinner?” How would you respond? Probably with anger, resentment, hurt, and a few other emotions, right? If your spouse made good on their word, how would you treat him or her? Would you let them back in the house? Would you seek a divorce or have a separation?
Fortunately for us, God is not like us. His love is pure and holy, which means it’s above being hurt or shaken. He has promised us that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38) and He will cleanse us of all our sins.
We’ve tattered our wedding dress, thrown up on it, dragged it through the mud, and bled on it. God is willing to fix all that for us and make our souls white, so that His Son can have the white wedding He paid so much for.
God doesn’t care what you’ve done, only what He has done for you. If you call to Him and seek Him, He can purify you no matter what your sins have been. In the Bible, murderers, thieves, adulterers, and more were saved by God’s grace. You can be, too. It will be a nice day for a white wedding.