Why Marriage Matters

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In the Old Covenant of the Bible,  God was pretty specific in the consequence of acts that violated the sanctity of marriage.  A lot of the  acts were punishable by death.  Some issues of fornication were to be resolved by causing the two parties to marry.   In our modern “me” society, the dictates of the Old Covenant are looked at with amazement and labeled cruel and unloving.  But was God really out to spoil our fun?

From the very creation of the nation of Israel, God was trying to call out a nation that focused on his commands for a moral life.  This was not because God is narcissistic.  God often speaks in human terms of anger and jealousy.  But God is no respecter of persons.  God’s entire creation speaks volumes of praise without any help from human beings.

However, God did created the entire universe for human beings.  He created an order that would help humankind live a happy and healthy existence.  But humankind decided that they knew better than God what would make them happy.  Consequently, humankind has, over and over again, followed its own “wisdom” into sheer misery.

God tried to clean the world of its misery by calling out Noah and his family to repopulate the earth with people willing to follow him.  (He spent 120 years calling others, but no one else was willing to believe and follow him.)  Soon after Noah, it once again became apparent that humans want to follow their own desires.  And God had promised not to use a universal flood as a cleansing agent again.  But God had also promised to send a redeemer to the world, so he once again had to call out a people from which he could send this redeemer, Jesus.  Since God knows that misery and destruction befall a nation that lives outside of his order for living, he put plans in place to keep his people pure from the decadence that would destroy them.  His intent was to keep his people focused on God and intent on living Godly lives.

Anyone who has ever read the Old Covenant books understands that, despite all of God’s leadership, his people strayed into decadence.   And they payed a high price each and every time.  But, God managed to keep a remnant of his people together until he could create a New Covenant in his son Jesus.  And Jesus told the story of mankind’s utter rebelliousness.

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.  Look, your house is left to you desolate.” (Matthew 23:36-38)
Now we have America.  And she is being destroyed by lawlessness in the guise of “freedom”.  And, let’s face it, everyone is breaking the laws with impunity.  Maybe they are not all breaking civil codes.  But the true laws of marriage and family are being trampled under foot.  The short-sighted and selfish have no understanding that what they sow today they will have to reap tomorrow.
What if I meet a “nice” woman (by which men usually mean sexy) and become friends with her?  There is potential that we could end up married, which is God’s orderly way of society.  But what if she has a husband?  And what if she beings to complain to me about her husband?  Now I have two choices if I want to continue the friendship, neither one of which is going to end well.  The first is that I try to counsel her about her marriage without telling her husband.  Maybe that sounds like a good idea until the husband is standing in front of you with a gun and accusing you of subverting his marriage.  The second choice is like the first, except this one will destroy all three of you whether the husband kills you or not.  You start to fall in love with the woman and eventually she chooses you over her husband.
The above scenario is playing out all across this land.  People have said “adultery isn’t a crime.”  Oh, yes it is.  And it’s a crime that we used to prosecute in this country, because we understood just how damaging it is to all involved.  And this is not even taking into consideration the damage that we are doing to children who have the misfortune of being raised by such selfish and destructive individuals.  Since most behavior is caught and not taught, we are consigning the whole next generation to living in misery.  And the more we become distant from that time when marriage really did matter, the less anyone can see a way out of this misery.
God can and does forgive many sins.  It’s never too late to repent and receive forgiveness from the Lord.  But I recall the lyrics from a Lyle Lovett song:  “God does, but I don’t, and God will, but I won’t.”  Yes, we can repent and be spared the eternal punishment for our sins.  But we cannot escape the consequences for us, our children, and all of society.
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