Is Marriage Obsolete?

Dear Reader,

There seems to be a lot of buzz about a new study showing that many people now think marriage is obsolete. Part of me wonders how this survey was done given that even 32% of those over 65 answered yes, it is obsolete. I also wonder if people know what obsolete means.

But I also think that this could be a good thing. What if most people did not think marriage was the default option? What would happen? Maybe it would become something only the church (or other religious bodies) did. A religious and not a civil institution. Maybe those who actually chose to get married would take it more seriously. And maybe they would be less inclined to divorce. Maybe Christians who chose to geta nd stay married would stand out. Maybe we would be asked why we made this decision and so would be able to give a defense of our faith.

As it is now, the waters are very muddied. Rates of divorce appear no different among those who say they are Christians than among others. We preach and preach on the sanctity and value of marriage yet the world does  not see us behaving any differently. We try to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman and yet we turn around and devalue it ourselves. We are sending very mixed messages to those around us. Maybe if marriage were not just something everybody did (and undid) all the time, maybe if it were something one had to consciously choose to do, not the norm, then we could reclaim and redefine it.

Nebby

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