This week my schedule is kind of crazy as I romp around the state of North Carolina catching up with friends and family. It has been such a BLAST–I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Thanksgiving!! With my schedule being what it is, I thought I’d do something a little bit different for this post: Open the floor to your own insights.
So here’s the topic: Today I ran across an article on cnn.com entitled “Is Marriage Becoming Obsolete?” In it the author, Stephanie Coontz, shares some startling statistics. On the one hand, “40 percent of Americans believe that marriage is becoming obsolete.” Kind of scary, huh? However, she also points out a seemingly contradictory set of numbers: “Only one in four unmarried Americans say they do not want to get married. And among currently married men and women, 80 percent say their marriage is as close as or closer than their parents’ marriage.”
Coontz spends the remainder of the article exploring the reasons for these conflicting responses, and she does a good job of weighing the possibilities. However there is much more to the picture than she can account for in one article. Just take a look at the comments section of the article. I lost count of how many people began their response with the barbed intro “Marriage is a joke!” Aside from the sociological and moral shifts in our society, it sounds like a lot of people have simply been burned.
So take a look at the article and let me know what you think. Why are so many Americans rejecting marriage as an institution while simultaneously embracing the need for family more than ever? And what does this rejection mean for Christians? How can our marriages and lives be a witness to the power and beauty of marriage, as well as the divine love that it represents?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts!