Tuesday, July 12, 2011

More cultural pressure on marriage

Wouldn't it be great if the cultural pressure to redefine marriage was only located in culture?  That way, church folks could just get along fine without our worlds be rocked or even influenced by those evil people out there in the world.  Mean ol' evil people.

But it's not just there, is it?

The cultural pressure is heavy on us no matter whether we're followers of Jesus or not.  Two unique pressures in addition to the one yesterday might help you understand this.

First one?  Marriage is supposed to be easy.  It's like dating, but with older people and more financial responsibility and maybe some kids around.  But just like in dating, when it gets to hard you just call it quits and move on to the next one.  Thank you, no-fault divorce, for instilling this in our culture.

The second has to do with marriage as romance.  There should be.  And there should be plenty of it from both the guys and the gals.  But it doesn't always end up like a Jennifer-Aniston-Julia-Roberts-Meg-Ryan RomCom marathon.  Sometimes it's halitosis and hospitals and, "How are you doing?  Feels like I haven't seen you in two days."  Hollywood paints a mighty strange picture of marriage.  But maybe that's why celebrity hookups and breakups are the headlines in the check-out line at the grocery store.  They've bought what they're selling and it's ruining them.

May it not be for us.  Contend for the covenant of marriage, the portrait of Christ's relationship with His people.

It's worth it - for us, for the watching world, and for the generation coming.

But that's just me thinking thoughts...


  1. according to me marriage and dating are not related one both are different we can’t correlate them

    Karen Coffin
    Divorce Help solutions

  2. Karen, I'm having a hard time understanding what you're positing here. I personally don't correlate dating and marriage either, but I think the way that the culture approaches both of them are very similar. The result of that is "breaking up" a marriage and moving on to the next relationship, not unlike breaking up in dating and moving on. Not sure if that helps clarify, but I hope so.