Since one cannot always be sure that newspaper reporting is accurate, please forgive me if my information is not correct that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (after seven years of living together) intend to get married in a church. It was specifically said that it was not because they are religious. Those are very tragic words. There are many religions and according to current thinking, any of those religions lead to the same heavenly destination, although that is not true. The implication 'if people are not religious,' is that religion is not that important to them, so they chose not to 'waste their time' with it. The tragedy for such people is that there is a huge difference between believing and not believing the Bible.
Successful people like famous film stars often forget or do not know that the Bible is a book of investments. Treasures can be laid up for life after death. God is offering shares in His eternal security 'village.' It is advertised as a 'heavenly' place and one can believe it, because there will be no thieves, murderers or charlatans, no hunger, pain, tears, or death, no lack of food or health problems. There will be no worry of putting on weight or being good enough. The people who invested there will be in the pleasant company of God, in beautiful surroundings.
How does one invest in that kingdom? First one has to carefully consider the claims in the invitation, the Bible.... The God of the Bible explains that He is preparing to renew the heavens and the earth (2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 21:1). He will come down and live in the spectacular city that is described at the end of the book of Revelation. All those people who accepted His offer and invested in His eternal Kingdom will see His face.
Human marriage is an analogy for God's plan. He wanted a bride for His Son, Jesus. The bride will be the disciples of Jesus Christ, collectively. A marriage can only work if it is based on a relationship. A relationship includes intimacy, communication, care and love. We, as sinful humans, find it impossible to keep living consistently in that kind of relationship. Yet it is essential in God's kingdom. That is why Jesus had to come to earth to get Himself a bride by dying on the cross for all the rebellion and unrighteousness of all people, to help those who want to conform to His standard of holiness.
Why is being non religious so sad? Because it completely misses the mark. The Bible is about the relationship with the invisible God, not some religious rules and ideas. If people get married (whether in a church or not) and do not continue to work on their relationship, but each partner just lives as he or she pleases, it is doubtful if the marriage will last very long. It is the same with God's plan to gather a Bride for Jesus. The emphasis is on the relationship. In Revelation 19:6 we read about the marriage feast of the Lamb (Jesus Christ).
- Who will be there? Those who prepared to enter that sacred union by continuing in a relationship with Jesus with the help of the Holy Spirit.
- Who won't be there? Those who were ignorant or not interested and neglected to find out more about investing in God's eternal kingdom.
That is a tragedy, because that specific marriage to the Son of God, Jesus, leads to an eternity of bliss, provision and peace. What is the opposite? It is an eternity of self remorse for not availing oneself of such a wonderful opportunity. It can be compared to scorning marriage to the heir of billionaires like Bill Gates or Warren Buffet because of ignorance or carelessness. Once it is too late to accept the offer and you realize what you missed, remorse, self hatred and self derision becomes your future life (or in this case your eternal life).
The sadness: will Brad and Angelina investigate the invitation of the Bible objectively and get to know its history and uniqueness? Will they understand what is at stake? One can only pray.