Thursday, June 27, 2013

Does the will of God in Marriage Harken to Genotype Confirmation?

*Kelvin and Sarah have been in a relationship for 3 years. As they decided to marry in December this year, they approached the church authority for counseling and they have requested that they have Genotype tests and pregnancy test. The blood test says both of us are AS genotypes which means that we have 1 in 4 chances of producing sickle cell anemia child every time we have a baby. Does the will of God in marriage harken to genotype confirmation? How can God say that we can marry each other if we have such a great risk. The pastor has said that they will not join us together because of this. Is this right? Does the will of God in marriage harken to genotype confirmation?

Perhaps the question should be: Does the will of God in marriage harken to genotype confirmation or our desires? I believe the will of God is alive in all the laws around us. The law of aerodynamics dictates what goes up must come down. Nature proves that an orange seed will not bring forth a mango tree but an orange tree. And with some horticultural tweaks we can reap tangelo. The same applies to genotype. It's wisest not to laugh in the face of God's laws.

If their church is not willing to join them because of the genotype issue and they choose to go ahead, they might be being self centered. I am not one to out rule guidance of the spirit, I've seen cases where each child of an AS couple, was born with the AA genotype but the couple say they were specifically instructed to marry each other. So the odds were in their favor from the onset. However, not many people are so spiritually advanced to distinguish such precise instructions.
Sometimes we have to take the hard route. In this case it is walking away from a person you love. But it is easier than the difficulty of caring for a child with sickle cell anaemia and living in constant fear that the next child will be SS. 

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit." John 12:24

The genotype issue should be taken very seriously and so should each individual's relationship with God. If we abide in Him and He in us, we shall bring forth much fruit. I can give advice but the Word and communion with the Holy Spirit will always bring life, light and simplicity to everyday situations such as these.

Ijeoma Olujekun

*Not real names

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