"The next natural step is for churches and other religious organizations to take away from government the right and authority to decide for them who is married and who is not. Some are calling the marriages they perform and recognize 'covenant marriage' and relegating marriages they don’t recognize as valid, for them, to the category 'civil marriages' or 'civil unions.'”
My husband and I have been married for 13 years, and we’ve spent 10 of those years in “ministry.” During this time, we’ve seen the most unlikely relationships blossom into beautiful, fruitful marriages; we’ve also witnessed the disintegration of more marriages than I care to think about. And that’s nothing to talk of the pain and confusion we’ve experienced in our own.
It’s no secret that our society struggles with sustaining faithful, happy marriages. And yet, no one wants to go through a divorce; no one enters marriage with the goal of simply exiting it. As a result, there’s a lot of competing advice about what you should do prior to marriage in order to make yours successful. Some folks tell you to wait until you’re “sure” and others advise getting married young. Truthfully, though, I don’t think the problem is when we get married so much as why we get married. A lot of us are getting married for all the wrong reasons.
So, if you’re not married already, here are a few things to consider:
The fabric of our society is rapidly changing. Now for the first time, most people over 16 in the U.S. are single: eating alone, sleeping alone, watching TV alone, and supporting themselves alone.