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Marriage And The Family Are Under Attack

Genesis 2:24

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

IMG_0301The problem – as I see it – is that the family is under attack.  The Capital Newspaper had an article written on 11/18/10 titled – Is Marriage Becoming Obsolete?  I will use this article today as we examine marriage in our current culture – less than five years later and it seems to be getting worse rather than better.

Here is a statistic – nearly one in three American children is living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never-married.  The article suggests that more people are starting to accept that marriage is not needed to have a family.

I spoke with a schoolteacher. I was told that in their class they were astounded by the number of students that came from a home with divorced parents.  It was sad – they said – to see so many from broken homes.

HappyFamilyTo quote the article – A study by the Pew Research Center, in association with Time magazine, highlights rabidly changing notions of the American family.  It tells us that the Census tells a tale as well – that our culture’s definition of family is changing.  It reveals that an increasing number of people are creating families without being married.

About 29 percent of children under 18 now live with a parent or parents who are unwed or no longer married, a fivefold increase from 1960, according to the Pew report, released in 2010. If these statistics are broken down further we would find that 15% are living with parents who are divorced or separated while 14% are living with a parent or parents that were never married – and this was 5 years ago.

Even the definition of marriage has changed in our culture.  Looking up marriage online on the Merriam-Webster site I found this definition.  (1): the state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law (2): the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.  Instead of turning to God for a definition of marriage – our culture turns to the evil desires of the culture.

The family is under attack because our society doesn’t understand God’s will for marriage and thus the family.  If there is not a firm understanding of marriage – how can we expect that our families will be sound? I’m not suggesting that every family made up of a husband and wife will be perfect. I am saying – the best chance for a healthy family is God’s design of one man and one woman.

Here are just a few passages of Scripture concerning marriage.  First we see God in creation designing marriage – one man and one woman – by the way!

Genesis 2:24 – For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

In case you were thinking that was Old Testament and would be changed somehow in the New Testament – Jesus Himself referred to the above passage in talking about God’s intent for marriage – and He should know – right?

Matthew 19:4-5 – 4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?

Throughout the New Testament – marriage is used to symbolize our relationship with Christ.  We are the bride – and Jesus is the Bridegroom.  We are to be faithful to our Lord.  We are to love our spouse as Christ loves the church.  We are to keep the wedding bed undefiled.  Sexual relations outside of marriage – according to the Bible – are called adultery or fornication – yet society calls them alternative lifestyles and changes the definition of marriage.

Is it any wonder that the family is under attack today – when our culture follows their evil desires rather than the sound teaching of God found in the Bible?

One of the reasons we hold groups/classes on Marriage Enrichment and Financial Peace University for example – is because the family is under attack and we are trying to teach sound doctrine according to God’s plan.  We believe that if we follow God’s teaching on subjects of life – we will have a better chance of having a sound marriage and family.  It would sure beat what society offers!

Please pray for the United Methodist Church.  Currently the UMC stands behind marriage being between one man and one woman – yet there are some who are succumbing to the cultures pressure to make changes.  We are electing delegates this year who will represent us at General Conference in 2016 – a place where the wording of our rule book – the Book of Discipline – is open to adjustment.  My prayer is that the UMC will remain biblically sound and stay with God’s design – rather than succumb to the world’s view.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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May 21, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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