Strange Imagery / Customs

Imagine a marriage proposal. What are the images that come to mind? Most likely you picture a man down on one knee before his love with a ring in his out stretched hand.

I have spent over a decade prayerfully stripping away the influence of this world from my faith in Jesus Christ. There has been more ways the surrounding culture has influenced my mind and heart than I ever would have thought.

I remember daydreaming about proposing to my girlfriend. Imagining many different ways, locations and settings. One thing was always the same, getting down on one knee like a knight before royalty. Now that just seems like such a strange custom for a couple.

In the Bible we see the imagery of the church being the bride of our Lord. It gives me a queasy feeling to imagine our Lord taking a knee to ask to be my Lord. When he takes a knee to wash the filth from my feet, it is different, it is humbling and incites reverence in me. But for a proposal? I would think even if you are an egalitarian this custom should seem strange to petition a woman as if she were your sovereign.

I have come to believe that chivalry / courtly love and it’s customs need to be expunged from our christian walk.

Author: old-fashioned-man

I am a follower of Jesus Christ who has been married since 1989. We had four boys then adopted siblings, a boy and girl from foster care in 2008 when my daughter was seven and my son was eight. We reside in the beautiful state of Colorado.

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