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Instead of a lifetime covenant of marriage, couples in Mexico City will be able to sign a limited time contract of marriage if a legislative proposal becomes law. The contract time can be as short as two years. The state advantage is “you wouldn’t have to go through the tortuous process of divorce.”

--The Week, October 14, 2011 p. 6 Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

The “tortuous process of divorce,” is the dividing up of community property, and most importantly, the custody of any children. In addition, there are the emotions involved in any breakup, but the biggest problem I see, is the disregard for the Biblical admonition to love as Christ loved the church. Thankfully, he made an eternal covenant with us, not a time limited contract.

Ephesians 5:25-33 (NASB) (25) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, (26) so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, (27) that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless. (28) So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; (29) for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, (30) because we are members of His body. (31) FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH. (32) This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. (33) Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself, and the wife must see to it that she respects her husband.

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