06/20/2018 Count the Cost

When a Honduran couple wants to get married it’s going to be costly.  The only recognized marriage is through the government.  In Honduras, the couple has to go to the local municipality office with birth certificates from their place of birth.  Some have to travel by bus a couple of days to obtain the birth certificate.  Once they have their documents and go to the local municipality the couple will come away legally married regardless of whether the couple has a church wedding or not.  This is the only recognized wedding ceremony.  It will cost the couple $335.00.  That might not sound like a lot of money, but let me put this into perspective.  The Honduran mimumum wage is about $2.00/Hour.  That means the cost equates to an entire month’s salary.  Remember, if they have to travel somewhere to get their birth certificate, the cost goes way up.  To make matters worse, most workers don’t even earn the full minimum wage.  As I thought about this and considered what to think about it, I realized that the Bible verses in Romans 13:1-2 is applicable  saying, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”  My perspective is that marriage for the underemployed is achievable, but requires a lot of resources.

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