“Gay Marriage is ruining the sanctity of marriage!” …isn’t that how the narrative goes?
I’m sure we’ve all heard this before. I myself have heard it from some church-going people myself in the past. And while I will agree that the Bible does lay out specific guidelines for what constitutes marriage, the simple fact of the matter is that we’ve already destroyed the sanctity of marriage all on our own.
In America, there is statistically one divorce every 13 seconds. That’s 6,646 divorces per day, and 46,523 divorce per week.
The average length of a marriage that ends in divorce is eight years.
People wait an average of three years after a divorce to remarry (if they remarry at all).
The average age for couples going through their first divorce is 30 years old.
Roughly 50% of marriages, both inside and outside of the church, end in divorce. But the gays are ruining marriage, right? We’ve ruined marriage on our own. A lot of Christians protest gay marriage, and that’s fine if you want to do so. But where are the anti-divorce rallies?
In the early 20th Century, less than 10% of marriages ended in divorce. When we look at today’s elderly generation, we see that most of the couples are still together. To them, ’til death do us part actually meant something. So what happened? You see, prior to the 1960’s and 1970’s, if you wanted to get a divorce, you had to have a good reason. You had to show proof to the courts that your spouse had cheated on you, or that they were abusive, and so on. But them came no-fault divorce laws. And suddenly, it didn’t matter! If you got bored with someone, or things didn’t go exactly the way you planned, then go ahead! Get that divorce! America is all about what you want. Who cares what someone else wants? As long as you get what you want and feel that you deserve!
Now, I’m not trying to bash on anyone that has gotten divorced, because it does happen. And thankfully we have God’s grace that can heal and restore in any situation and circumstance. But if there is a chance that something as special and holy as a marriage can be saved, I believe every possible effort should be given to do so.
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