Hannah and Je together

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Wedding bows (not vow)

There was a pastor in Korea who says we should not bow down to anyone but God which I totally agree. And he also said any pregnant couple (which means premarital sex) should not be allowed to marry at Church, and he even refused to be a presider to those couples.

And last year his own son married with his daughter-in-law having baby. Where do you guess the wedding ceremony was? It was at Church. And almost at the end of the ceremony, at the time of parents appreciation, his son made big bow to the ground towards the parents.

Another story, a couple also married. The groom was respected elder’s son. The wedding was of course at Church. After the ceremony, they did reception, and the couple did pyebaek which is traditional bowing to the relatives. They made big bow to the ground towards their relatives and later to all the guests.

Actually I am against bowing down itself, but that could happen. But what I am more against is bowing down at Church. Pastor’s son, and elder’s son….. and even at Church…

한국의 한 목사님이 계신데, 하나님 이외의 누구에게도 절하면 안된다고 주장하는데, 이 부분은 내가 동의한다. 그리고 그분은 또한 임신한 커플(그러니까 혼전관계)은 절대 교회에서 결혼을 시켜주면 안된다고 주장을 하고, 또 실제로 그런 커플들에는 주례 요청을 거부해왔다.

작년에 그 목사님의 아들이 결호늘 했는데, 며느리가 배가 불렀다. 그러면 결혼은 어디서 했을까? 바로 교회에서 했다. 결혼 예식이 끝나갈 즈음, 부모님께 감사를 하는 부분에서 그 아들이 양가 부모님께 큰 절을 엎드려서 올렸다.

또 다른 이야기로, 어떤 커플이 결혼을 했는데, 신랑의 아버지가 존경받는 장로님이었다. 결혼식은 당연히 교회에서 했다. 예식 후에 만찬 자리에서 폐백을 했다. 그러니까 친척들에게 큰절을 했다. 나중에는 모든 하객들에게도 큰절을 했다.

나는 절하는 것 자체에도 반대지만, 특히 교회에선 안된다고 생각한다. 목사 아들과 장로 아들…. 게다가 교회에서….

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