The biblical blueprint for marriage and family is being cast aside quickly. How should we respond as the people of God? We must be concerned with what God has said – even if it means that we are going to be mocked by the world and be considered a minority. It is not uncommon for people to make comment and note that it is unusual to see a husband and wife fulfilling their God given roles (Eph. 5:22-33; Col. 3:18-19) and to see children respecting and honoring their parents (Eph. 6:1-4).
The foundation of any society is the family. The moment the family unit begins to break up or cease to function the way God intends, it wont be long before there are ramifications in the family and ultimately in society. As you begin to destroy the authority structure and blueprint for a godly family, destruction comes to society. If you remove authority from a family, you remove authority from society. If authority is removed from society eventually you end up with anarchy. If there is no authority structure and everyone has an equality of function, then you will have a group of people without absolutes doing what they want.
Biblical marriage is under attack. These attacks undermine God’s intention for marriage. Consider the following examples. The practice of the sin of fornication is clearly against God’s design for sexual relations which are exclusive to marital union. (Gen. 2:24; Heb. 13:4). God intended sex to be for the purpose of procreation (Gen. 1:28) and pleasure (Proverbs 5:18-19) exclusively within marital union. Furthermore, the increasing practice of adultery is another attack on marriage. Adultery violates the precious and exclusive union between the couple by sharing it with another person.
When marriage isn’t understood and affirmed in the light of God’s blueprint, there are sad and devastating outcomes. One horrid outcome (and an attack on marriage) is divorce. Our Lord Jesus Christ taught that “what therefore God has joined together, let not man separate” (Matt. 19:6). Divorce not only causes problems within the relationship of the couple, but also extends to children, friends and it gets more complicated when the husband or wife remarries and there are even more children involved. Other sinful outcomes of ignoring God’s blueprint for marriage are abortion, delinquent children and homosexuality.
When God designed marriage, He designed marriage to be the arena in which the Christian displays the glory of God by adhering to His design. Such an action will result in benefits that extend beyond the marital union. Marriage is under attack. Christian, it is your duty to affirm it by practising it according to God’s word!