I don’t know your name or what you call your church. I only know you by the title “Preacher,” which is what the young lady called you. I met her at another local church (where she is not a member) that was hosting a food pantry.
When I asked how I could pray for her, she asked me to pray for her upcoming marriage. She said she was getting married because her “preacher” told her that God was punishing her for her sins and if she got married things would be better for her.
Were you serious? Or did she misunderstand you? Please tell me that she misunderstood you.
By the way, she did not want to hear about God’s love either. Whenever I told her that God loved her, she simply crossed her arms and said, “My preacher told me that God is wrath, and that I’m under the wrath of God because I’m living with and sleeping with a man who is not my husband.”
Were you serious? Or did she misunderstand you?
You see, I tried to talk to her about sin, and about how sleeping with her boyfriend is a sin issue of the heart and changing her marital status will not change her heart. I told her that marriage is a wonderful thing and that I am so glad that I’ve been married for over twenty years.
I tried to tell her that God wanted to change her from the inside out. Otherwise, I said that marriage would only add to her problems, not help them. Again, she crossed her arms and told me, “My preacher said that God would bless me if I got married.”
Were you serious? Did she misunderstand you?
You see, I do believe that marriage is a blessing from God. But marriage certainly doesn’t make all your troubles go away, and marriage doesn’t change our heart issues. Sometimes marriage even multiples our heart issues.
So, Preacher, please tell me that this young lady misunderstood you. And, while you’re at it, will you tell her that God loves her and that only he can change her? The guilt is killing her… the same guilt that God himself canceled through Jesus’ cross. You see, I tried to explain it to her, but she won’t listen to anyone else… only her “Preacher.”
Thanks for listening,