Many believe the rise and fall of individuals, families, businesses and governments can all be traced to the success or failure of marriage in a society.
The accelerated acceptance, by many, of the new worldview and homosexual-appeasing agenda to “fundamentally transform” our American culture from its Judeo-Christian values and practices to a fully secular, sexualized and anti-Christian society is alarming
Re-creating a God-centered culture for marriage, in our present pagan society, is critically needed (2 Timothy 4:3-4 NIV). Millennials and others need to be taught biblical principles for holy and honorable “mate selection” (1 Corinthians 6:15-20 NIV). Wise couples learn that this process is often more about becoming the kind of person that is someone else’s “answer to prayer.”
Even religiously-minded couples face our sexualized society’s expectation that they will live together, before marriage. Add to that societal pressure the force of their natural sexual drives and even committed Christians often succumb to the sin of sexual relations outside of marriage (1 Corinthians 6:18 AMP).
The Bible plainly condemns this as “fornication” for sexually active singles and “adultery” for sexually unfaithful marrieds (Hebrews 13:4 NASB). I believe this is often accentuated by our society’s delayed commitments, long engagements, and prolonged adolescence.
For Christian believers, weddings are to be the place of public commitment of a man and a woman to a lifelong, covenantal relationship with God and each other (Malachi 2:14-15 MSG). Ultimately, weddings are to serve us as an earthly expression of the Bride of Christ and our Heavenly Bridegroom (Revelation 19:5-9 MSG). Because it is such a serious matter, the minister warns, “What God has joined together, let no one separate.”
The prophet Malachi taught the importance of marital faithfulness and its relationship to “godly children from your union” (2:15 TLB). Because of its negative effect on families, he declared that God “hates divorce” (2:16 TLB). These are harsh words, but divorce harshly affects not just the husband and wife, but any children who may come from the relationship, as well as both of their extended families—for generations!
In this “post-Christian” era, we must do all we can to re-establish a God-honoring “culture of marriage” in our local churches and communities that will encourage, celebrate and protect marriages, along with the generations which will follow after them.