It probably started in California.
Most cultural things do.
People getting married and the woman keeps her maiden name.
It probably started with the film industry.
People who had careers.
Movie stars with name recognition wanting to keep their identity.
But then it spread to the broader society.
“I’m keeping my name;” she would say.
And we all got accustomed to that.
And then it came to church.
We have some friends who went on a one-year overseas mission.
The computer used to generate their support letters had to be reprogrammed.
The trend then moved away from urban centers to rural areas.
Because in the local village everybody has an identity.
Everybody’s famous in a small town.
The Bible talks about leaving and cleaving.
Nothing about changing your driver’s license after the wedding.
They had a different system of surnames back then.
So this shouldn’t be a deal-breaker.
It shouldn’t be a thing that creates walls and divides.
But people like an excuse to judge, don’t they?
Image: Mr. and Mrs. Mugs from Dayspring
…and no, today’s post wasn’t triggered by anything in particular.