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Marriage Isn’t Mainstream Anymore

Posted by thelamp on February 1, 2007

A new report focused on the changing lifestyles of women paints a depressing picture of the institution of marriage in America. For the first time, more women are now living without a husband than with one, according to an analysis published by the New York Times.

In 1950, a little more than a third – 35 percent – of American women resided in a household built on the foundation of marriage. By 2000, increased cohabitation, divorce and decisions to delay or skip marriage completely pushed more women into the single life. Experts predict that the trend could result in other societal changes, including employment and government policies.

Social scientists interpret the findings as a reality check: The days of Ozzie and Harriett are long gone. In fact, it’s no longer safe to assume that the institution of marriage shapes contemporary culture. Marriage isn’t mainstream anymore.

Some people may look at this trend and argue it’s a logical outcome since women have become increasingly more educated, financially savvy and independent. On the contrary, it’s a deplorable and dangerous development. God did not intend for men and women to struggle through life alone. Marriage is the backbone of a healthy family. More than 2,500 studies indicate that a married man and woman raising their children offer them clear advantages no other family structure can.

“Without marriage, families will suffer,” said Pastor Rod Parsley. “Marriage was created to form God’s family. This fundamental unit fosters and promotes His values, attitudes and morals within society.”

An array of research shows that the decline in marriage over the past six decades has been accompanied by a rise in serious social problems. For example, children born out of wedlock or whose parents divorce are much more likely to experience poverty, abuse and behavioral problems. In addition, single mothers are much more likely to be victims of domestic violence.

Lately, public conversations about marriage primarily address the legal battles over its definition and who is entitled to enjoy its benefits. Perhaps more Bible-believing men and women should be talking about the purpose of marriage.

In Genesis, God designed the union of husband and wife to be like “a piece of heaven on earth.” In an ideal, biblical marriage, the husband the wife are joined as one, and God is in both of their hearts. All spouses should strive to achieve God’s purpose for their lives, while helping his or her partner also reflect the image of Christ. Marriage is a lifelong process designed to enable His children to experience and share fulfilling lives.


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