I was making a little survey on policies adopted by different denominations in relation to marriage celebrants.
As expected, they all make the underlying assumption that a celebrant was to be a minister.
It really is the coherent, logical and dare I say theologically consistent thing to do. A marriage is a union of 2 persons, and it is in many ways, a spiritual union other than a physical one.
If we were to recognise God as the centre of such a union why would we allow a role created by the secular world that wants the form of a wedding ceremony but denies the authority of God by discarding the institutional form that represents him, to perform this function in place of one recognised as the representative authority?
I must be missing something here…