A nationally known psychiatrist said, "There is little or no happiness in ninety percent of American homes!" The number of divorces is almost equal to the number of marriages today. Over seventy-five percent of all teenage marriages terminate in a court room. An undetermined number of young people are so disillusioned with marriage that they no longer even consider it a desirable option. For many people marriage is really nothing more than an "armed truce." What once was holy wedlock has become in the words of Oscar Faust nothing but an "unholy deadlock."
Is there an answer to the dilemma? Yes and I believe that it begins with realization that marriage comes from God. It was He who said "It is not good for man to be alone, I will make a helper suitable for him" (Gen. 2: 18 NASB). God established marriage. Society did not invent it. We received it. God was the one who performed the first wedding ceremony. He was the one who gave away the first bride. Adam did not go out and find a wife. He received her from the Lord. Marriage is from God.
Now, if that is true, it seems logical to conclude that our thoughts and ideas of marriage must come from God. They cannot come from the books we read. They must not come from the movies we see. They can only come from God.
Our major reason for the erosion of our families and for the collapse of our marriages is that, by and large, we do not understand the nature of marriage - God's style.
We cannot over estimate the importance of right thinking about marriage. Our Christian testimony, our happiness, our homes and our churches are enormously impacted by what we do with marriage.
Pray for our homes. Read your Bibles. Bring a friend to church. May God be pleased to make our marriages and our homes Christian in more than name only.