(FPP) Is marriage antiquated and unnecessary? Despite what the world thinks, statistics prove that God’s original plan for marriage does contribute to the social, economic, and physical wellness of society. Marriage and family, therefore, need to be defended in the public square.
Today’s world sees marriage as an option for seriously committed couples. Living together in a mutually agreed upon relationship seems to be the norm, with little regard for a legal and spiritual ceremony. Same sex marriage is being pushed as acceptable, with the thought that people in love should get married, even if they are of the same gender.
Marriage, however, was instituted by God on the 6th day of creation when God made Eve for Adam (see Genesis 2:18-24), one female for one male. Eve was to be Adam’s helpmate as co-caretaker of the beautiful garden God had placed on the newly formed earth. The addition of children was to complete the family unit whose purpose was to love, serve, and glorify God.
Faithful Christians recognize the Bible as God’s true Word. Marriage must be defended because it was ordained by God. The family is meant to be a cohesive entity where love, support, and encouragement for one another can flourish, which in turn generates a positive influence to the community at large.
In Table 2 of the U.S. Census Bureau’s brief on Household and Families:2010, the data shows that between 2000 and 2010 there was a decrease in the number of husband-wife households from 51.7% to 48.4%, an increase in unmarried couple households from 5.2% to 6.6%, and an increase in same sex partner households from 0.6% to 0.8%. (Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census Brief C2010BR-14, April 2012)
Marriage plays an important role in society. Married couples are less likely to be in poverty compared to 71% of couples who are not married. This percentage doesn’t even include single parent families who are over five times more likely to live in poverty. (Source: The Heritage Foundation, Marriage: America’s Best Antidote to Child Poverty, Factsheet No. 112, September 5, 2012)
The social and emotional health of a child is also affected by family structure. Teens in two-parent homes are less likely to engage in anti-social behavior, such as drug abuse, behavioral problems in school, and truancy, and they are less likely to have emotional or psychological issues compared to teens in non-two-parent families. (Source: Familyfacts.org, Family Structure and Economic Well-Being, Brief No. 31)
Healthiness even comes into play in a marriage relationship. Over 80% of married couples consider themselves in good or very good health compared to their non-married counterparts. (Source: Natural Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 2011)
All these facts point to one clear truth: God’s design for a one male, one female, marital relationship is THE perfect plan to follow to experience economic, social, and physical well-being, as well as the spiritual oneness that God designed for a couple when their relationship is centered on Him (Genesis 2:24). Therefore, church leaders need to stand for a union that God called “very good” (Genesis 1:31). This isn’t easy in a society that is breaking apart because people no longer reverence God. But if we choose not to stand for righteousness, then no one else will.
Here are some suggestions to engage in the arena of public policy with regard to marriage and family:
• Join one of your state’s pro-family organizations. Put yourself on their email list or Facebook page in order to receive updates for local and state issues that affect marriage and family.
• Sign up for the Family Research Council’s (www.frc.org) email list and/or Facebook page to receive updates for national issues that affect marriage and family.
• Start your own grassroots faith and public policy church group and network with other groups in your city, county, or state.
CLO Rev2 1/17/13