Summary: Marriage is under attack today from secular society and we as Christians must expose the fruitless deeds of darkness and fight for the preservation of the Biblical marriage and family unit.
Biblical Marriage Under Attack
On the lighter side of life:
From the book: Wacky Laws, Weird Decisions and Strange Statues, Main Street publishers.
Marriage and Family laws:
a. It’s against the law for children under the age of seven to go to college in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
b. Although there are no R and X ratings for Ma Bell, in Blue earth, Minnesota, it’s against the law for children under 12 to talk on the telephone unless accompanied by a parent.
c. Kids in Kalispell, Montana, must have a note from the doctor in order to buy a lollipop or candy bar while church services are in session.
d. At the Paiute Indian Reservation in California, a mother-in-law is prohibited from spending more than 30 days a year visiting her kids (pages 9, 10).
e. Kissing on the lips in Riverside, California, is in violation of a local health ordinance, unless both parties wipe their lips with carbonized rose water.
g. A kiss in Halethorpe, Maryland, cannot last longer than a second.
h. Kissing a stranger in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is illegal.
i. Any man who constantly kisses “human beings” is forbidden to have a moustache if he lives in Indiana (pages 31, 32).
j. If a lady in Dixie, Idaho, berates her husband in public and a crowd gathers, the husband is subject to a fine.
k. It is illegal to remarry the same man four times in Kentucky.
l. A man in Tennessee is forbidden to divorce his wife unless he leaves her ten pounds of dried beans, five pounds of dried apples, a side of meat and ample yarn to knit herself stockings for a year.
m. A husband cannot kick his wife out of bed in Lebanon, Tennessee, even if her feet are cold; however, a wife can kick her husband out of bed without provocation.
n. You will be in violation of the law in Chillicothe, Missouri, if you throw rice at the bride and groom.
o. Dunlap, West Virginia, has rendered it illegal to tear up a marriage certificate (pages 33, 34).
a. Marshfield, Wisconsin: When the couple married, he promised to pay her $1 for each kiss as long as they remained married. She sued him for divorce and asked the court for an award of $3,000 in back payments.
b. Pendleton, Oregon: She sued him for divorce because he never gave her Christmas presents. He claimed to be confident that Santa would bring them.
c. Canon City, Colorado: She sued him on the grounds that he forced her to hide under the dashboard of his automobile whenever he passed a girlfriend.
d. Price, Utah: he petitioned the court for a divorce because she insisted on hanging the pictures of her four ex-husbands over the bed.
e. Crawford, Indiana a woman sued for divorce because she claimed her husband had a habit of bringing friends into their bathroom while she was in the tub (pages 61-63).
Video Illustration from Illustrate Vol. 2 – Marriage Man
Thesis: Marriage is under attack today from secular society and we as Christians must expose the fruitless deeds of darkness and fight for the preservation of the Biblical marriage and family unit.
Scripture Text: Ephesians 5