It was alarming to hear this morning of the new statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics. In brief, more women are staying single longer and many are saying, “no” to marriage altogether. When you add to this that the number of couples choosing to live together has quadrupled the trend is very disturbing.
As I heard this little bit of news this morning it dawned on me that everything in our country is spiritually turning upside down. While heterosexual couples are deciding that they would rather just live together than get married, homosexual couples are fighting for their rights to get married. Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004. Since that time Connecticut, District of Columbia, Iowa, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont have joined in the states that have legalized same-sex marriage. Many of the other states have some form of conditional same-sex marriage and others soon will legalize the practice.
God could not be clearer in His Word as to what defines a marriage. In the word of God a marriage is between one man and one woman, not between one man and one man or one woman and one woman. The man and the woman are not to live together and engage in sexual relations before they are married. Someone well meaning but misinformed Christian will always bring up why they believe the man and the woman who have decided to live together are “married in the eyes of God.” Jesus apparently did not see these shacking up relationships in that way. In John 4, when Jesus was in conversation with the Samaritan woman, said, “for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband (John 4:17).”
The family is the heart and the strength of our country. As the home departs from the clear teachings of God and adopts the practices of the world, the nation will feel the impact. God has not given us a specific order for the home because He wants to be some kind of cosmic kill-joy, He has ordered the home in the way He has because He knows far more than we do and He knows that this kind of immoral behavior is harmful.
It is also disturbing that people who think like I do are considered old fashioned, out of step, and then castigated has hate mongers.
Out country is in deep need of repentance (a change of mind) and a turning back to God.