Monday, September 08, 2008
Greatest threat to Marriage?
Read this post and let me know what you think. The author is reacting to a recent publication from our denomination re: Gay marriage.
The author makes a very salient point during all of this discussion over subverting the institution of marriage.
Yes indeed there is a biblical standard for marriage however it does not seem that as human beings let alone the most fundamentalist of Christians that it matters much or that we have set the practical standard that high. It only makes sense to me that Homosexuals would want to take a crack at being married, especially when we don't tend to do any better at it as a whole than society at large. I agree with the letter, the American family is being subverted; not by the efforts of a very small minority, but by the actions of a plank-eyed plurality. The single greatest threat to the sacrament of marriage in America is the rampant and wanton abuse of divorce by heterosexual Christians. The next greatest threat to the sacrament of marriage in America is rampant and wanton abuse of sex in all it's forms by heterosexual Christians.
I'm going to spend some time praying about that thought. I think he is on to something. Not that it means that homosexual marriage is right. But heterosexuals have so devalued marriage that it does seem a bit hypocritical to scream about protecting something we don't really seem to value.
We in the church need to make a concerted effort to show that we value marriage. That may mean that we go to great lengths to keep marriages from falling apart in our congregations. We need a radical type of community where people know each other well enough to sense these things before the wheels come off the train. How that works, I'm not sure. But we do need to end this epidemic of disposable marriage that is rampant in the church.
Lord help us.