Traditional vs Christian Marriage synonymous to Ceasar vs God

It is a common practice especially in Africa to celebrate two marriages. traditional marriage which is usually the first, is organized to fulfill the requirements of the brides' kinsmen. Thereafter, a Christian marriage is witnessed in order to satisfy the demand of the church.

I have pondered on this two categories of marriage, to ascertain why it is necessary to observe both while considering the fact that economic situations of many societies are very unfriendly.

And the question that come to mind includes;can't one be abolished while the other upheld to save the cost of marriage? Proffering solution to the question, I asked myself this question. Which people (Tradition or Church) will allow theirs to be abolished? It then occurred to me that abolishing either can seem impossible, knowing too well that neither of the parties involve will allow their belief to be tampered with no matter the intention.

Looking at it from the Biblical view point, Jesus said: "give to Caesar what belong to Caesar and to God what belong to God. In that case, I thought it wise to allow both to stay. But the questions now are; 
  1. how many people can afford the cost of marriage nowadays?
  2. how many people are still single today as a result of those demands?
These are questions that deserve fair answer. The earlier we answer such questions, the better we save many bachelors who are already overdue for marriage but could not afford the cost. Moreso, the earlier we address those questions the better we save many uncelebrated couples from the shame of illegimate marriage. Marriage to me is honorable and should be encouraged.

NB: This article is just a personal opinion and is not meant to offend anyone. Comments and further opinions are welcomed. Perhaps, a change can be effected on the issue through such views.

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