PB and I have officiated over, participated in and paid for enough weddings in the last 29 years to be semi-experts. Over the years we’ve learned that it’s okay to poke fun at the groom, it’s permissible to kid around with the groomsmen, and you can even tease the bridesmaids (a little bit). But you never, ever, ever deride the bride.
Deride: (v.) make fun of; insult
Never. Why? Because she is the bride. Because her husband wouldn’t stand for it. Because she is the dearest thing in his life. Because if you diss the bride, you are automatically offending the groom and inviting his wrath.
The church is the Bride of Christ.
He gave His life for Her.
I think we’d better be careful how we talk about His Bride.
The word “church” conjures up all kinds of emotions for people. Some have fond memories of early Sunday school flannelboard lessons and singing “The B-I-B-L-E”. Others have an indifferent attitude about what they consider to be a boring, outdated cultural institution. Many walk away from church and carry painful experiences with them.
The church is messy and imperfect.
It struggles to be relevant while maintaining its integrity.
Yet, the church is Christ’s Beloved.
Don’t deride the Bride.
“For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready.”