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This Week at JMPC 3.1.2020

In the movie “Shall We Dance” Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon play a married couple who are a bit estranged. Gere, in a sort of midlife crisis decides to secretly take ballroom dancing lessons. Sarandon begins to suspect Gere is having an affair and has him followed. The private detective reports back that Gere is only taking dancing lessons. He is surprised that Sarandon is still furious. She is furious because Gere has kept something secret from her, his wife. Why does this make her furious? She says this:
 
“Because we need a witness to our lives. There are a billion people on this planet. I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything: the good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things—all of it, all the time, every day. You’re saying your life will not go unnoticed, because I will notice it. Your life will not go unwitnessed, because I will be your witness.”
 
Married couples are to be witnesses and companions of each other. Witnesses and companions in the good times, the bad times, the terrible times, the mundane times, all the times, every day. And when that happens, life is becomes a partnership of two people traveling on a journey of mutual support and companionship and, maybe, love. Not everyone wants to be in a marriage. But some who do are told they can’t be in such a relationship because of who they are, or who they want to be married to. They are gay. They want what Sarandon describes, but are told they are not “eligible”. Who will be their witnesses? Who will care about their lives? What does the Bible say about Gay marriage? Come and hear about it on Sunday, March 1, when Pastor Jeff preaches “Let it Go – Tradition (What does the Bible say about Gay marriage?) based on Matthew 19: 3-12. You might be surprised.



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